Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Photos from Hopscotch 2018



No One Mind at Kings

I had to miss the last night of Hopscotch 2018 due to last-minute hurricane prep, which meant I had to miss the artist I most wanted to see, Nile Rodgers! Still, I had a thoroughly enjoyable two days that included a flawless set by Sleep, with very fine openers Skeletonwitch. I also got to see a lot of new bands, namely locals Vacant Company and Henbrain, who have become new favorites. That's what I always appreciate most about Hopscotch. At some point I'm going to discover a new favorite band. 


Rachel Kiel at the Guitartown party at Berkeley Cafe

Henbrain at Ruby Deluxe

Henbrain at Ruby Deluxe

Nest Egg at Kings

Nest Egg at Kings

Skeletonwitch at the Basement

 Skeletonwitch at the Basement


Sleep at the Basement

Sleep at the Basement

Long Hots at Kings

Long Hots at Kings

Vacant Company at Lincoln Theatre

Vacant Company at Lincoln Theatre

Vacant Company at Lincoln Theatre

Lightning Born at Lincoln Theatre

Lightning Born at Lincoln Theatre

Lightning Born at Lincoln Theatre

Lightning Born at Lincoln Theatre

Lightning Born at Lincoln Theatre

Friday, September 15, 2017

Photos from Hopscotch 2017







 













I did a little less Hopscotching this year than in years past, but still saw quite a few good shows. Asheville's Bask released one of my favorite albums this year, so I was looking forward to finally seeing them live. They more than exceeded expectations, as did Pallbearer, whom I haven't seen since Hopscotch 2012. Best surprise of the weekend was King Woman. I admit I wasn't taken with their latest release, but the live antics of singer Kristina Esfandiari made for an enthralling show. 


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Suppressive Fire and Noctomb photos and video




















Suppressive Fire has released a killer new album of Teutonic-style thrash, which I reviewed for Metal Bandcamp. They held an album release party on Jan. 14, 2017 at the Maywood with a selection of openers from across the metal spectrum, including sludgy doom (Raleigh's Noctomb), black metal (Greensboro's Dreaded) and straight-up death metal (Richmond's Deathcrown). Check out the videos below.