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Hopscotch Music Festival: Night Two (of Three) Recap: Broken Social Scene, Panda Bear, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Frost

In Music Festival on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

Editor’s Note: September 9, 10, and 11 mark the inaugural weekend of Raleigh, NC’s Hopscotch Music Festival. With 130 bands strewn across 10 venues with wrist band admission there’s a lot to catch – and miss – on any given night. These reports are just one account of a promising new tradition in the New South. 

Yes, we know. Raleigh is a “great place to catch live music.” But the capital crowd proved that haters are everywhere during Broken Social Scene’s frenetic, ultimately triumphant set in the canyon of City Plaza. A great show nearly ruined by the drunk and disorderly. 

And what of Panda Bear? Staggering anticipation met Noah Lennox as he took the stage. An abrasive, concrete shaking one man show, the weak of heart peeled away, fingers plugged in ears. Success was not a guarantee. 

But when the beat dropped in “Slow Motion” the entire crowd erupted. Leading the dwindling audience through a swampy, pulsing, rhythmic trek, the unbelievers were convinced. Lennox’s simple, droning encore could have felt like a middle finger, but instead it was a perfect transition into the night. 

Two blocks away Sharon Van Etten and her band finished setting up at the Pour House and jumped into a beautiful, haunting, and affecting set. These are adjectives and they only come close to capturing the passion Van Etten brought to the enraptured crowd.

Down the street to Kings for a cool down with Ben Frost’s glacial electronica. Then home to bed to rest up for Night Three. 

-Jay Cullis

Broken Social Scene on YouTube

Panda Bear on YouTube

Sharon Van Etten


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