Friday, April 29, 2011

Video from Maldora!

I caught part of the Tornado benefit at Tir na Nog on Tuesday night. Specifically, it was my first time seeing Maldora, which had been described to me a "Patty Hurst Shifter with Lutie on bass." That's obviously true to an extent given that Chris Smith and Marc Smith are still the guitarists and primary vocalists. It's been a while since I saw PHS, but I thought with Lutie they sounded more energetic and together than they had in a while.

Maldora from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hopscotch lineup announced, tix on sale at 10 a.m. today!

New Raleigh has a great write up, but here are the details:

All Tiny Creatures, Andrew Cedermark, Annuals, Apache Dropout, Apex Manor, Apple
Juice Kid, Bandway, Barn Owl, Beach Fossils, Beans, Bird Peterson, Black Lips, Black
Twig Pickers, The Body, Bombadil, Braids, The Budos Band, Bustello, Caltrop, The
Caribbean, Carlitta Durand, Cassis Orange, Charlie Smarts, Cheyenne Marie Mize,
Chip Robinson, Cold Cave, D&D Sluggers, Dan Melchior und Das Menace, David
Daniell, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, Des Ark, Dinosaur Feathers, Disappears, The
Dodos, Drive-By Truckers, Duane Pitre Sextet, Dustin Wong, Dylan Gilbert, Earth,
Embarrassing Fruits, Empress Hotel, Family Dynamics, Fight the Big Bull, Filthybird,
The Flaming Lips, Flight, Ford & Lopatin, The Foreign Exchange, Frank Fairfield,
Frontier Ruckus, Future Islands, Gauntlet Hair, Generationals, Grandchildren, Gross
Ghost, Guided by Voices, Heads on Sticks, Hog, Horseback, Invisible Hand, Jack the
Radio, Japandroids, JEFF The Brotherhood, Jennyanykind, Jesse Sparhawk & Eric
Carbonara, J Mascis, John Vanderslice, Jon Lindsay, Julianna Barwick, Justin Robinson
and the Mary Annettes, King Mez, KORT, Krallice, Last Year’s Men, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Le
Weekend, The Light Pines, Little Scream, Liturgy, The Loners, Lonnie Walker, Lost in
the Trees, The Love Language, Lower Dens, Mandolin Orange, Man/Miracle, Man Will
Destroy Himself, The Moderate, Mount Eerie, Mount Moriah, Mouthus, The Necks, Old
Bricks, The Old Ceremony, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onward Soldiers, Organos, Oulipo,
Oxbow, PC Worship, Peter Lamb and The Wolves, The Prayers and Tears, Prurient,
Reading Rainbow, Rhys Chatham G3, Royal Bangs, Royal Baths, Shit Horse, Sir
Richard Bishop, Soft Company, SPCL GST, Spider Bags, Steve Gunn, The Strugglers,
Superchunk, The Super Vacations, Swans, Tender Fruit, The Tomahawks, Thien, Toro
Y Moi, Twelve Thousand Armies, Twin Shadow, Tyvek, Unknown Mortal Orchestra,
Weekend, Wembley, Wesley Wolfe, Whatever Brains, William Tyler, Wooden Wand,
Woodsman, Xiu Xiu, Yair Yona, Yardwork, Yelawolf

Note that Krallice is on the bill. You can hear a stream of their album, "Diotima," at NPR.

Ticket info

Admission for Hopscotch Music Festival is designed to suit a wide range of fans.
Individual tickets for the shows in Raleigh City Plaza are available. The Friday, Sept.
9, show featuring Guided by Voices, Drive-By Truckers and The Dodos costs $32. The
Saturday, Sept. 10, show featuring The Flaming Lips, Superchunk and The Light Pines
costs $34.

For $65, fans can buy a wristband that allows entry into all 11 festival clubs, including
Fletcher Opera Theater, for all three days. For $105, fans get into those 11 clubs plus
both City Plaza shows, a combined savings of more than $25. A very limited number of
$155 VIP wristbands are also available. Those wristbands include priority access to all
shows and a VIP festival kickoff party on Thursday, Sept. 8. Last year, VIP wristbands
sold out in less than a week, and all wristbands sold out before the festival started.
Wristbands go on sale Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

In cooperation with sponsor, Hopscotch Music Festival is offering wristbands
and tickets to all fans with reduced service charges. To purchase tickets and wristbands,
visit or

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My favorite venues

Thanks to the N.C. Arts Council for letting me write about my favorite local music venues. You can read what I have to say here. You'll start seeing me out and about again soon. My self-imposed exile is about to come to an end.