Photos by Reid Haithcock.
It’s almost time for Hopscotch Music Festival, and AMPLIFIER is stoked to go back to cover the event for the second year in a row. To commemorate that excitement, we’ve cooked up a short list of acts that we’re planning to see.
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Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
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An ever so slightly aft step away from D’Angelo, Anderson .Paak walks hand-in-hand with jazz and hip-hop. .Paak and The Free Nationals will undoubtedly leave this year’s Hopscotch crowd inspired.
Daniel Bachman and Friends
Daniel Bachman is a wellspring of talent within the world of American primitivism. His acoustic playing style is bold and unencumbered, which will make this a must-see performance. Pick up one of his records through Jamestown’s own Three Lobed Recordings.
Basinski is an avant-garde composer who is perhaps most well-known for his haunting, ambient masterpiece “Disintegration Loops I-IV,” which is a series of steadily decaying refrains which coincide with the 9/11 attacks—his overwhelming onstage presence makes it clear that this is a must see.
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Beach House simultaneously sounds like falling in love and slow dancing with a ghost. It’s difficult to understate their impact on the emboldened, emotionally liberated millennial demographic.
Both pleasant and eerie, the band Lambchop draws the listener in with a sort of elegant siren. The vocal timbre and symphonic element of this band is truly something worth encountering.
Staples’ lyrics and rhymes are so effectively hypnotic that they might actually illicit levitation. At the very least, it will make the listener feel somehow overcome with elation, confusion and self-confidence.
By this point, Andrew Bird is so prolific and endearing that he is practically synonymous with falling in love. It isn’t too hard to imagine him as some tireless, talented vampire who can continuously tap into an unending well of inspiration—perhaps because he’s a thousand years old.
There isn’t too much to say about this legendary metalcore band that hasn’t been addressed a hundred times before.
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Mutoid Man is the type of band that’s continuously refreshing to listen to. They are aggressive, catchy and unrelenting enough that most listeners can’t help but be at least impressed.
The Powder Room
This will be an exciting act to catch this year, as the show will closely coincide with the release of their sophomore album “Lucky.” The Powder Room is an easy band to love—for the heavy, pulsing and mysterious rock band that they are.
Baroness will likely be familiar to most attendees as the articulate, art-centric rock outfit that has long-since stood at the gates of what is both familiar and eccentric within the genre. Having just put out their album “Purple” just eight months ago, it seems reasonable to expect that Baroness will deliver a set that won’t disappoint.
Playful, timeless and direct, Wolf Parade strikes a sweet and familiar chord inside the listener. The effect—even among the pissed off and disenchanted—can illicit unintended movement and consideration.
This particular indie rock duo that just released their widely anticipated full-length album “Tween” is a must-see this year. Despite all expectations associated with an act that has experienced tons of positive acclaim and exposure, this is a band that managed to retain a sense of sincerity and raw emotion throughout its entire career.