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Headliners at Hopscotch filled the City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheater each day from late afternoon into early evening.  To ears drawn to experimental, metal, and drone music, these performances were comfortable presentations before the perpetual race around Raleigh’s extensive club-circuit to catch as many performances as possible.
Flaming Lips, who I am somewhat embarrassed to say I have not seen perform in over a decade, poured so much confetti over the city streets that it wouldn’t surprise me if I found a shard or two during the 2019 festival.  With unicorns, balloons, disco balls, and Wayne Coyne, seeming the happiest man on earth, bouncing around the crowd in a giant ball, I will forever know that my life should be forfeit the day the Lips can’t make me smile.

MC50: The zero added to Wayne Kramer’s band name appeared to represent the sum added to the age of his performance and energetic band as they tore through songs without hesitation. I left the set early to see Nicolay and The Hot at Nights, but not before I saw the original performer of “Kick Out The Jams” diminish so many cover versions of the tune that I have heard over the years.

Real Estate and Liz Phair, each of which never crossed my radar over the years, made so many fans around me smile that it was easy to enjoy the performances.  They, like Hopscotch, simply made the world a slightly happier place, which was fine by me.


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