2015

Hopscotch 2015

Chelsea Wolfe, Hopscotch Music Festival 2015

Chelsea Wolfe, Hopscotch Music Festival 2015

September wouldn’t be complete without an epic Hopscotch Music Festival ravaging Raleigh. If you’re not following Loud Ballads on Facebook, I posted an album full of photos from the weekend. You’ll find some shots of Chelsea Wolfe, Flock of Dimes, Wing Dam, Lost Trail, Clang Quartet, Charming Youngsters, See Gulls, GHOSTT BLLONDE, and Wild Fur. Until next year, Hopscotch!

Magical Hopscotch Unicorn

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Staycation Fest 2015

Lost Trail

Lost Trail

Experimental music and art are alive and well in North Carolina. The second annual Staycation Fest was hosted (and organized) in Burlington by Zachary and Denny Corsa of Lost Trail this past weekend. Two days of bands and artists from across the state (and Virginia) produced a great sampler of cerebral sounds and feels. Although I didn’t get to see every act, here’s what I caught from beginning to end.

Brandon Hurtado with projections by Jonas Mekas

Brandon Hurtado with film projections by Jonas Mekas

Animals Like Earthquakes and his many disembodied voices/answering machines

Animals Like Earthquakes and his many disembodied voices/answering machines

Lost Trail with kitchen projections.

Lost Trail with kitchen projections.

Bryce Eiman

Bryce Eiman, host of 919noise

Tone Burst in the kitchen

Tone Burst in the kitchen

Mark Hepp of Joules

Mark Hepp of Joules

Charles Ovett of Joules

Charles Ovett of Joules

The Sound of Square Triangles

Adrian Wilson of The Sound of Square Triangles

Eddie Garcia of 1970s Film Stock

Eddie Garcia of 1970s Film Stock

Until next year!

Until next year!

SPAZZ FEST VI / 2015

The Monday following Spazz Fest is always sort of a bummer; you go back to wherever you traveled from, you’re exhausted, your body hurts, and you go through show withdrawals. At least there’s that feeling that it was all worth every single second. Cheers to all of the kindred spirits I met (or was reunited with) over the weekend! Thanks especially to Jeff Blinder and way too many other names to list. See you soon.

1/3 of LUM

N. Maxwell, 1/3 of LUM

The Love Language, old Greenville vets

T. Simpson and S. McLamb of The Love Language; old Greenville vets

Octopus Jones ended on a cover of The Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers"

Octopus Jones ended on a cover of The Rapture’s “House of Jealous Lovers”

B. Corum of Lonnie Walker

B. Corum of Lonnie Walker

Joules; killer two-piece

Clang Quartet reconciling

Clang Quartet reconciling

an intense hooded Christopher Feltner

an intense hooded Christopher Feltner

Niko Grandé, smooth jams

Niko Grandé, smooth jams

Heads on Sticks in from Raleigh

Heads on Sticks in from Raleigh

DRIPPING conjuring up feels

DRIPPING conjuring up feels

Post Sun Times circa 4am-ish

Post Sun Times circa 4am-ish

SPAZZ FEST VI SCHEDULE

Spazz Fest VI Logo by Todd Cook

Spazz Fest VI Logo by Todd Cook

‘Tis the season for Spazz Fest! Officially kicking off tomorrow night in Greenville, NC, the next four days and nights will be filled with more music than what’s buried in your dead iPod Classic. As always, there will be some surprises in store (did you catch The Emotron last year?).

I’ve teamed up with Spazz Presents to create the official SPAZZ FEST VI SCHEDULE listing all of the main shows so you can plan accordingly. See you in Greenville!