Interview: Keath Mead – Charming Authenticity and Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Persons of Dialogue:
Keath Mead: Musical Prodigy
Lucas Amick: Wannabe Journalist

The timid yet genuine nature of Keath Mead’s “Sunday Dinner” transcends the audio files. In person his soft spoken authenticity can only be described as disarming. The morning following his Friday night Tir Na Nog performance, we shot the shit in the pool room of a Raleigh bar. It was an absolute pleasure discussing an array of topics with him as he leaned against a pool table sipping a beer.

LA: In all sense of the matter we are going to avoid any talk regarding waves of chill.

KM: Haha, alright – sounds good.

LA: We’re going to play a game of true/false. Spotify tells me that you were inspired to become a musician by the Beatles film Hard Day’s Night. Continue reading

Hopscotch CODA: An Organic Synergy

Hopscotch CODA: An Organic Synergy
by Lucas Amick
Intro by Rob Leonard

Rob:
I’ts been a week since the first full day of Hopscotch festivities and four full days since it’s conclusion on Saturday. This was just enough time to recap the weekend’s events and each performance – and also shake the lack of sleep. Hopscotch was fantastic for having us and the nature of our group thrived in the artistic bubble that was created in downtown Raleigh – it was brief and never risked over extension. Lucas has taken some time to write his conclusions of the event and Bree took a million beautiful photos that can explain what may be hard to convey with words, which will be in another post. Here is part one of the finale of our Hopscotch posts and the return to normalcy.

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Hopscotch: Day 2

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Lucas:

We were in a coffee shop earlier today. Hardly recognizable within the collage of freshman-year-graphic-design band fliers was an event schedule for the month of September.  Wednesday, September 8th read: “Hopscotch: Mental Preparation Day.” I hope it was enough to brace the employees for the onslaught of hipsters (and awesome).  Continue reading

Hopscotch: Day 1

Good music, good vibes, and good friends: checking off the essentials for a solid road trip was a breeze for the three of us. Hopscotch loomed a few hundred miles in whichever direction as Death Cab’s Transatlanticism carried us through our transition between the Carolinas. The eclectic value of our eccentricities made three hours feel like three minutes. One look out the passenger seat window and there it was: The Raleigh skyline, teasing memories and inevitable nostalgia with building façades spanning an entire spectrum of colors. Continue reading

NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015

NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015
Article by Rob Leonard

BANDS

Eureka California – Athens, GA
Saturday September 12 @3pm – Ruby Deluxe

 

Eureka California hail from the Southeast’s other indie hub Athens (in conjunction with Greensboro, NC and NC’s Triangle). Their latest full length, Crunch, is riff heavy and super nostalgic punk. Check out their latest single, “Happy Again” above. Check their day show out, it’s sponsored by Riot Act Media.

Guardian Alien – Queens, NY
Thursday September 10 @4:30 – Kings Barcade

For a band that recently posted about playing at a few yoga studio sessions you’d think that they’d be super chill and ethereal – well while they have those capabilities Guardian Alien also have the ability to put together intricate and ‘meta as fuck’ ruckus.

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NoParticularOrder: Things to See at Hopscotch Music Fest 2015

NoParticularOrder: What to See at Hopscotch Music Fest 2015
Article by Rob Leonard

 

SMLH – Hillsborough, NC

SMLH is the solo project for Hillsborough native Sam Higgins and tops CanIMayI’s list of things to see at Hopscotch. Written to tape and drenched in nostalgia, SMLH produces meaningful and timeless rock and roll.

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Leapling – Brooklyn, NY

Insanely refined and low key experimental, Leapling is the product of songwriter Dan Arnes. Arnes vocals are intimate and soft, adding the to ethereal vibe of what Leapling offers.

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