BY MICHAEL GIEGERICH
North Carolina may not be home to the biggest attractions in the music festival circuit, but it more than makes up for that fact with expertly curated gatherings such as Hopscotch Music Festival. Slated for September 10-12, this year’s edition of the artistic celebration will feature 160 acts spread throughout 12 venues in the state capital of Raleigh. Previous lineups have included various names such as Big Boi, Jamie xx, How To Dress Well, St. Vincent, Local Natives, Action Bronson, and a host of others, so it’s no surprise this year’s imprint is poised to be just as diverse. In order to give attendees a taste of what’s in store for Hopscotch 2015 (and if you don’t have your tickets yet to can get them here) we’ve listed five acts ranging from rap to post-rock that simply can’t be missed.
1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
When thinking of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s theatric post-rock stylings, they seem less suited for closed-in venues, instead deserving a larger stage for listeners to fully engage in the experience of apocalypse-soundtrack epics such as Yanqui U.X.O. Fortunately for Hopscotch attendees, the sprawling outfit will be performing outdoors at the wide-open Raleigh City Plaza amidst the city’s skyscrapers. It’s sure to be a venture into the limits of expressive music that will be impossible to pass up, especially since the group recently released the critically acclaimed Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress.
2. Pusha T
As one of the biggest names in hip-hop, it’s not too difficult to explain why seeing Pusha T at Hopscotch is a necessity. Not only is back catalog from the Clipse days up until 2015 absolute quality, but also his music expertly translates to live settings. While he may not be going buck on stage like, say, younger artists such as Travis Scott, the veteran visibly pours himself into each of his performances with a fervent approach whose vibes can be felt by the audience with each and every bar.