[Afterhours] End of Summer Album Roundup
There is one more week until the end of my favorite season of the year. Here are some of the best Afterhours albums from this season:
Porter Robinson - “Worlds”
This NC artist takes a very different approach compared to his last album. A very light electro sound that was made to go against the grain of current EDM. Lots of indie & pop influence will be found.
Amp Live - “Headphone Concerto”
Some of the best production this year. A beautiful mix of live instruments with synthesizers. This album is broken up into three distinct parts. Many cool guest vocalist and several hiphop songs.
ODESZA - “In Return”
Dope beatz from ODESZA with Deep Percussion and high synth melodies. More downtempo-chill songs but a nice variety from song to song. A very well put together album. I dig the positive vibes I get from the songs. It’s nice because downtempo songs are usually darker, sometimes even somber.
Chet Faker - “Built On Glass”
Some of my favorite male vocals I have heard released this year. The instrumentals are as smooth as this man’s voice. This album draws a lot from Flume, Chet was even featured on the song “Left Alone,” but this record is a bit jazzier.
Tensnake - “Glow”
A top notch house producer who keeps getting better. By house, I mean the older Chicago style house. Tensnake also throws in some post-dub and many great guest vocalists.
Slow Magic - “How To Run Away”
Light, midtempo, and catchy. Wordless vocals and guitar riffs chopped up into an ethereal swirl. Very vibrant synths and percussion.
Hippie Sabotage - “The Sunny Album”
This album is super chill, but NOT boring. The producers do a good job of keeping things interesting while still keeping the chill vibes and avoiding heavy drops with crazy wubs. Common theme here is big bass with unique drum beats and overall chill vibes.
Lone - “Reality Testing”
Jungle and house album with cool jazz influence. No lyrics, just smooth synths.
Mndsgn - “Yawn Zen”
This album favors murky, underwater sounds dripping with syrupy chimes. What really brings it all together is the trippy jazz undertones. No song is longer than 3 minutes and there are no vocals.
WKNC Hopscotch Interview: What Cheer? Brigade
This Providence, Rhode Island band put on a Hopscotch show like no other. When you see a “punk band that doesn’t have to plug in” you know you’re in for something new and exciting. This 19 piece band consisting of brass and percussion instruments brought an obscene amount of energy to Kings Barcade for the very last performance of Hopscotch 2014. Never before have I seen a band perform on the dance floor and the audience dancing on the stage. Instead of taking a bow, the band marched down the stairs of Kings and out onto the streets of downtown. What Cheer? Brigade was not only one of the coolest shows I saw at Hopscotch 2014, but one of the best shows I’ve seen ever! Check out the podcast below if you’re interested in learning more about this high energy group.
Saturday’s Hopscotch Highlights - Part 1
Funkss - Pour House Music Hall
Well$ - The Hive
Subrosa - Lincoln Theater
Tow3rs - Pour House Music Hall
The White Octave… - Kings Barcade
How To Dress Well - CAM Raleigh
What Cheer? Brigade - Kings Barcade
Jamie XX - CAM Raleigh
Saturday’s Hopscotch City Plaza Highlights
Friday’s Hopscotch City Plaza Highlights
Thursday’s Hopscotch Highlights - Part 1
De La Soul - City Plaza
Wild Fur - Lincoln Theater
Drag Sounds - Pour House Music Hall
Strange Faces - Tir na Nog
Paperhaus - The Hive
The Tills - Pour House Music Hall
Saint Rich - Tir na Nog
Deniro Ferrar - Kennedy Theater
Lunice - Kennedy Theater
Every Local Band Local Beer in July brought something new and the July 31st show was no exception.
Cat Be Damned(first photo) started off the night. Typically a full band, only one member was performing tonight. While simple with only vocals and a guitar, the lyrics were fun and catchy.
Following up was another solo act, TOW3RS(middle two photos). TOW3RS put on a dramatic and well rehearsed performance. This guy has got some dance moves! I look forward to seeing his Hopscotch performance as he will be performing with a full band.
Wesley Wolf(bottom three photos) brought the rock to an otherwise tranquil night.
A special thanks to French Broad Brewery and Lazer Dan for all the delicious samples provided in July!
Headbangingtastic was this week’s Local Band Local beer at Tir na Nog.
The Hello No(lower half of the photos) really kicked off the night. A strong female vocalist powered over the super tight instruments. Noodles, the lead guitarist, completely melted my face with his solos.
Absent Lovers(top half of the photos) played amazingly tight, too. You could sense the influence of Rush, Police, and similar bands in their style. They owned the stage and brought a lot of energy with songs about cyber-punk novels. Also, it was super cool seeing the Pour House/Neptunes door guy’s band. I’ve talked with him before while working a Double Barrel Benefit show and I could tell he was probably a killer guitarist. Was not disappointed one bit.