With SXSW just over the horizon and other music festivals like Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza coming up soon, we here at This Coast are catching the festival bug. Hopscotch hasnʻt officially announced their line-up for this yearʻs event, but we have our own picks for the bands weʻd like to see at the festival this fall.
Christopher Mansfield has been making his rounds, appearing at SXSW as well as touring constantly. The singer has excellent stage presence, and if you havenʻt seen his video for “Girls With Accents” yet, then you are missing out.
9. Wild Flag
These women have done quite a job raising commotion since beginning their tour in March. They havenʻt even released an album, yet they have managed to draw crowds that would rival any of the individual projects they had previously worked on.
8. City and Colour
With songs like “Sleeping Sickness” and “What Makes A Man?”, itʻs impossible not to find yourself transported to a world where thoughts run to past loves, long gone haunts, and cities that never really felt like home.
Any band that collaborates with Iron and Wine wins in my book. Hands down.
Their music is dark while retaining a level of elegance so attractive, itʻs hard to refrain from keeping them on repeat. Iʻm biased, I admit.
5. Bear In Heaven
This band has a song which is featured in the video on the main page of the Hopscotch music festival website. Aside from recommending “You Do You” and “Lovesick Teenagers” (which is the song used in the aforementioned video), I can only cross my fingers and hope to see them at the festival.
4. Uh Huh Her
Not only will they be playing at Catʻs Cradle in May, but they have just released an EP titled Black And Blue. These women can do no wrong. (Again, Iʻm slightly biased.)
3. Megan McCormick
She performed with the Debonzo Brothers a couple weeks ago (who I would also like to see play the festival), and her voice leans toward a gritty Southern singer down on her luck, singing just to get by. The biggest difference is she doesnʻt have to worry about barely surviving, because her voice draws crowds that canʻt seem to get enough.
2. Sharon Van Etten
She performed at the festival last year for a packed house. She also recently played a show at Kings which was presented by Hopscotch Music Festival, and it would be a delight to see her again this year.
1. Future Islands
It seems that I canʻt turn around without hearing or reading about this band, and there just may be a reason for that. I feel a push and pull effect in their music that gets you to move in closer to hear the intricacies of the instruments being played, but just as your ear gets close enough to examine everything perfectly, the vocals overpower those delicacies and thrust you back to a comfortable distance. The effect seems to be recurring in their songs, but itʻs worth every moment.