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Hopscotch Day Party Top Picks

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Krill

As popular DIY indie guitar bands like Speedy Ortiz and Pile have shown, Massachusetts has seen an incredibly prolific music scene as of late, and so it goes for local heroes Krill, a spastic, melodic three-piece that combine earworm hooks with furious drums and angular guitars into an energetic mix.

Krill play Friday at 4:45 at 88.1 WKNC + 103.1 WUAG Present’s at Nice Price Books on Hillsborough St.

Profligate

WXYC’s day party this year at a new downtown space called Prisma Video looks to be a particularly interesting mix of experimental, noise and house music, and Carrboro’s Noah Anthony, formerly of Social Junk and Night Burger, adds to the mix with his project Profligate, a danceable yet abrasive project that combines equal shades techno and industrial into a dark, sensual fusion that has earned him coverage from online outlets such as The Fader and Impose.

Profligate play Friday at WXYC’s day party at Prisma Video(set times TBA)

Silent Lunch

Silent Lunch hail from Durham, NC, and the relatively new three-piece looks to be one of the most promising new acts in the Triangle area. Bassist Emily O’Sullivan and guitarist Hannah Spector trade off leftfield vocals over an upbeat rhythm section from Geoff Schilling to create a dynamic sound that will be interesting to watch develop.

Friday at 12:15 for Churchkey Records, The Layabout, and Bull City Burger & Brewery Present: ¡Que Viva! 2014 at Slims

Less Western

A rising Raleigh act, Less Western is the noise-pop project of Raleigh’s Kevin Sweeney. The Lessterns take queues from acts on the dreamier end of the guitar spectrum such as Broadcast and Atlas Sound, meaning that the phrase “aggressively soft” comes to mind: always visceral, but never skimping on the blissed-out pop melodies.

Less Western play Saturday at 12:30 at Hopscotch 2014’s Anniversary Block Party, at Fayetteville Street & Davie Street in downtown Raleigh

Ava Luna

Brooklyn art-rockers Ava Luna were tapped to play the final shows of noted shuttered NYC DIY venue 285 Kent in January, and rightfully so, as their blend of genres puts them in a category hard to classify – their freewheeling songs mix soul, R&B and indie rock elements in equal accord, creating an boundary-pushing sound that is distinctly their own.

Ava Luna play Saturday at 4:20 at Spazzscotch III at Slims.

Ex Hex

Recent Merge signees Ex Hex (who include Mary Timony of Helium/Wild Flag fame) play a bombastic,upbeat style of 90’s-inflected guitar music and recently played the final day of Merge’s big Merge 25 event in Carrboro, where longtime fans of Timony got to see her shred alongside the likes of Bob Mould and Neutral Milk Hotel. Fans of Sleater Kinney and similar should apply.

Ex Hex play Saturday for ‘Babes in Boyland’ a Day Party in support of Girls Rock NC, at the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh.

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