Starting today, you will have to start making decisions. These won't be easy decisions and you will surely have to cross off a handful of bands that you said, just a few short months ago, that you wouldn't miss at Hopscotch. Then again, the release of the schedule also makes you be more vigilent about a schedule, choosing the bands that you couldn't see any other time in Raleigh or wouldn't want to miss if it was their last performance. Over the next two months, surely your personal schedule will change as you discover more of the Hopscotch bands, so start slowly and choose wisely.
The Flaming Lips at Hopsctoch 2011
Digging through the schedule at first glance, one thing seems to be more apparent this year than previous years. The Hopscotch crew has decided to mix up shows a bit more with a variety of acts, rather than sticking to one genre at a venue on a single night. This creates a great mix of bands that would almost never open or play with the other bands on tour and will also get a mix of audience members through the doors of each venue in any of the three given nights. Surely Zola Jesus has never opened for Killer Mike, who was just added to the schedule, but the combination of those two acts back to back is fascinating. Another version of this overlapping of genres are three metal bands, including CoC, opening for Dan Deacon at Pour House.
The decisions are almost impossible. Will you choose Sunn 0))), Balam Acab, Oneida, Megafaun and Arnold Dreyblatt or Lambchop? Ducktails, Thee Oh Sees, Mark Mcguire, Samantha Crain, Baroness, Julia Holter, Liars, G-Side or Delicate Steve. I'd say Sunn 0))), Balam, Thee Oh Sees, Ducktails and Liars are at the top of my list but we'll be back in a few weeks for our recommendations and thoughts on what you shouldn't miss. Danny Brown, Laurel Halo or Colin Stetson. Matthew E. White or Screaming Females. Ouch!
So check out each day's schedule above, a detailed and clickable version here and download the full PDF over at the Hopscotch website. Also, check out the Hopscotch 2012 Spotify Playlist we've created and continue to update so you can discover bands that you may not currently like. We may even update this into three playlists to reflect the three separate days of music soon. Stay tuned.