As Iʻve mentioned before, Raleigh still has several months to go before we get to enjoy our own music festival. If youʻre like me and unable to make the trek to any of the major festivals this year, this playlist should put you in the mood to break out the tent, bring out your cheapest beer and food, and live like a hippie for a few days. I know Iʻm ready. Are you?
1. Bess Rogers
Her songs are always incredibly energetic, and “Bulldozer” proves that. Other recommendations include “Come Home”, “What We Want”, and “Everything To Lose”. If youʻll be in Raleigh, sheʻll be playing The Pour House tonight (Thursday, April 14) at 9:00pm.
These Durham transplants (originally from Wisconsin) have shown their love for the great state of North Carolina with this fantastic and extremely catchy song. Itʻs an ode to Durham of course, which would be a nice addition to Hopscotch this fall.
3. Mates of State
Iʻve been a fan of this band for years, and they never cease to amaze me. Their music is bubbly and interesting, and it is certainly a refreshing change from some of the newer indie rock bands that have come forth in recent years. Though they are a family band now (and have been for quite a few years), it hasnʻt affected their ability to release great indie pop that continues to thrive and attract new fans.
4. The Temper Trap
I saw this band last year at Sasquatch and was in absolute awe of how amazing they were live. Mostly known for their song “Sweet Disposition”, which appears on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, they sound exactly like their album release. It isnʻt often that a singer or band can pull that off, but it seems that The Temper Trap has risen the bar in that respect.
What bands do you enjoy seeing live? Who would you like to see play a music festival (whether itʻs Hopscotch, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, etc.)?