Hopscotch: Day 2



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


NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015

NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015
Article by Rob Leonard


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.

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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Album Review: Mauno, “Rough Master”

Mauno Rough Master
(Self – August 19, 2015)
(Indie Rock, Experimental, Folk)
Review by Rob Leonard


Mauno is a masculine name of Finnish origin meaning ‘great’. Whether or not this is the intention behind Halifax’s Mauno or not, the label rings true. Fronted by Nick Everett, a busy musician with previous folk leanings in the realm of Andrew Bird, Mauno pushes forward with interestingly arranged, guitar driven indie rock – somewhat of an endangered species until Real Estate’s Days, released in 2011.  The beauty of Rough Master is in it’s no thrills, no antics approach. Continue reading


Prolific artists tend to have spurts of mass creativity and in the process a bunch (like a literal ton) of ideas never make it past the archival realm. For work hearty artists like Jean-Sebastien Audet aka Un Blonde, aka Faux Fur, etc…. many ideas never see the light of day – Continue reading

Album Review: Advance Base, “Nephew in the Wild”

Advance Base Nephew in the Wild
(Orindal Records – August 21, 2015)
(Indie Pop, Bedroom Pop)
Review by Rob Bockman


There’s nothing less useful than the qualifier “underrated,” since it requires establishment of metrics, sources, and definitions straight off the bat; still, Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Advance Base) doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough in the Best American Pop Contemporary Songwriters pantheon. Nephew in the Wild, his second album under the Advance Base name, is another argument for his inclusion. Continue reading