Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022: Lineup Playlist & Artist Spotlight

Hopscotch 2022 is knee-deep in talented artists from the emerging music scene. Headliners Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and Kim Gordon take the stage at City Plaza Thursday-Saturday this weekend in downtown Raleigh. Undercard must-see artists include Tomberlin, Amythyst Kiah, Hand Habits, Nation of Language, Yaya Bey, and so many more. Today, we let you in on some of the best kept secrets of Hopscotch 2022.

Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022 Lineup Playlist


Artist Spotlight

// Amythyst Kiah //

Tennessee singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah brings her unique style to Moore Square on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Kiah’s songwriting blends her inspiration of American roots music and alternative rock with critically acclaimed single, “Black Myself.” Her latest EP Pensive Pop is a collection of cover songs that shaped Kiah’s musical repertoire. Her country ballad spin on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” lands Amythyst Kiah at the top of our watch list.

// Charley Crockett //

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett will headline Moore Square on Thursday at 8:45 pm. Rooted in busking the streets of New Orleans and Dallas, TX, Crockett’s discography spans eleven albums in the past seven years. His second album of 2022, The Man From Waco, will release this Friday. Fans of blues, country, and Americana gawk over his vast resume of songwriting and collaboration. Must-hear tunes include “I’m Just a Clown,” “Jamestown Ferry,” and “Welcome to Hard Times.”

// Hand Habits //

Hand Habits is a solo indie-rock act founded by musician and guitarist Meg Duffy. Now a local L.A. artist, Hand Habits is known for their contributions on albums for Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler. Among other highly recognizable achievements, Hand Habits is currently playing guitar for Perfume Genius! The style of their solo work is a lovely fuse of soft vocals and hushed instrumentals. “No reply” and “placeholder” are our top picks for easy listening. Catch Hand Habits this Friday at 6:45 pm at City Plaza.

// Late Bloomer //

Indie punk band Late Bloomer is a hidden gem out of Charlotte, NC. Late Bloomer’s top song “Heaven” is a fan favorite right from the first few seconds. Vocals bring nostalgia from ’90s bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. The trio recently announced new EP, Where Are The Bones, available now on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere Friday. Stream “Restless Nights” for a chill-out fall tune about changing your outlook on life. Late Bloomer plays a late-night gig at Slims on Saturday at 1:00 am.

// Nation of Language //

New York indie pop band Nation of Language adds some synth spice to this year’s Hopscotch lineup. Similar to the likes of Dry Cleaning and Ela Minus, Nation of Language combines synth-pop with a bit of melancholy. “Across That Fine Line,” is the obvious festival-type track you may hear on Saturday evening at City Plaza (6:00 pm). Our other song recommendations include “This Fractured Mind” and “September Again” for dance-inducing music yet, thought-provoking lyrics.

// Tomberlin //

Tomberlin is back for her second Hopscotch music festival appearance and this year is a big one. Solo folk singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin released her sophomore album this April. Must-hear tracks from Tomberlin’s discography include “tap,” “Wasted,” and “Any Other Way.” Tomberlin is scheduled for double performances this weekend. Catch her at The Pour House on Friday at 10:30 pm and Moore Square on Saturday at 5:10 pm.

// Yaya Bey //

Brooklyn R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is coming in hot for Hopscotch with her new album Remember Your North Star (June 2022). Bey experiments with crossing genre lines on tracks “keisha,” “reprise,” and “alright.” Pitchfork deemed Remember Your North Star as Best New Music of June 2022. Don’t miss Bey performing at City Plaza on Friday at 5:30 pm.

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

Chansons caritatives // Songs for Charity
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Event Details

Chansons caritatives // Songs for Charity is an Instagram TV festival series on @poetrydanslarue. Each IGTV exclusive video features one artist per day in support of a local charity of their choice. The charities and organizations are linked in Instagram stories as well as the IGTV description. Be sure to tune in from April 18th-27th at 4 PM PT // 7 PM ET to support the artists and their cause. Read below for more information on the lineup, schedule, and how to donate.

Chansons caritatives // Songs for Charity Lineup

4/18/20: Hand Made House supporting NCADV

4/19/20: Ian Logue supporting The Elizabeth Hospice Bereavement Camp for Children and Teens

4/20/20: FABER supporting Oakleaf Mental Health Charity

4/21/20: Black Tiger Bay supporting local food shelters

4/22/20: The Foes of Fern supporting The Project Matters and Heartstrings- New Jersey

4/23/20 : Last Vacation supporting Milton Animal League

4/24/20 : SAINT SLUMBER supporting MusiCares and PHL COVID-19 Relief Fund

4/25/20: Wilmah supporting Autism Society of WNY

4/26/20: Jonah Melvon supporting Alameda County Food Bank

4/27/20: Phavors supporting The Jed Foundation

Interested in a feature on our blog? Email kasey@poetrydanslarue.com or contact @poetrydanslarue on Instagram.

*For more information on the artists, check out these former features on PoetryDansLaRue!

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Hopscotch 2019

Hopscotch 2019: Lineup Playlist

Raleigh’s own Hopscotch Music Festival is back for year ten September 5th-7th. Rolling Stone denoted Hopscotch as having, “an extraordinarily cool roster of bands with a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere.” With most recent years featuring acts like Gary Clark Jr., Young Thug, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Solange, Lizzo, The Revolution, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Miguel, it’s time to pay attention to Hopscotch 2019.

This year’s lineup has some clear stand-out acts at first glance. Hopscotch continues to build their brand in becoming a must-watch scene for up-and-coming artists. Let’s take a look at some artists to watch from Hopscotch 2019.

Snail Mail: Thursday 9/5

Lindsey Jordan, or better known as the alternative one-woman act Snail Mail, is headed for the City Plaza stage. Her songs have a very chill yet punk sound. She is similar to the likes of Soccer Mommy with her raspy voice and ’90s grunge music style. Her songs “Pristine” and “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World” will take you back to ’90s teen angst movie soundtracks and artists like Liz Phair or Fiona Apple.

Kurt Vile & The Violators: Thursday 9/5

You may be familiar with Kurt Vile as the former lead guitarist from The War on Drugs. Indie-rock singer-songwriter Kurt and his band, The Violators, are back to play their second Hopscotch set. Songs like “Wakin On a Pretty Day” and “I’m an Outlaw” are tailor-made for folk, indie, rock, or country music fans alike.

James Blake: Friday 9/6

Music fans are excited to see James Blake is headlining Hopscotch 2019. “Retrograde” is a stand-out song that builds so much, it slaps you in the face with its power. We have a soft spot for “Limit To Your Love” which is a more piano-based track as opposed to his usual electro style. Overall, there is a lot to say about this artist and his innovative style, he is one you will not want to miss!

Raphael Saadiq: Saturday 9/6

Raphael Saadiq will be playing at City Plaza on Saturday. His most recent release, “Something Keeps Calling,” ft. Rob Bacon is a song with emotional vocals that cut through to your heart on first listen. Vocalist and bass guitarist for the R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, Saadiq has also produced songs for iconic artists including Whitney Houston and John Legend.

Phantogram: Saturday 9/7

Can we now agree that this lineup is stacked? And, we haven’t even discussed the undercard yet. Phantogram is a dream pop duo that you have likely heard before. Their hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is their most well-known festival-style track. Check out the music video that they released yesterday for “Into Happiness” for a taste of what you can expect at Hopscotch.

CHVRCHES: Saturday 9/7

Ultimate. Festival. Band. Headlining. Hopscotch. CHVRCHES is coming in hot from their pump-up Coachella set this past spring. Their songs are irresistibly catchy with lyrics that get embedded in your brain. Some crowd favorites are “The Mother We Share,” “Miracle,” “Leave a Trace,” and “Get Out.” You can catch them lighting up the main stage at Red Hat on Saturday night.

Here is a shortlist of other MUST-KNOW artists on the Hopscotch 2019 lineup:

Thursday 9/5: Joey Purp (Hip hop), Yowler (Alt/Indie), David Nance Group (Alt/Indie), Lucy Dacus (Indie rock), Tomberlin (Folk)

Friday 9/6: Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses), Deerhunter (Indie rock), Channel Tres (Dance/Electronic), The Waston Twins (Alt country), Ryley Walker (Indie folk/Blues), Orville Peck (Country)

Saturday 9/7: Cate Le Bon (Folk/Pop), Daughter of Swords (Folk), Boogarins (Psychedelic rock), Matt Martians (Southern Hip hop), Kelsey Waldon (Country)


Coachella: Discover Your Next Favorite Artists from Your Couch

Every year for the past twenty years, people flock to Indio, CA, to experience one of the most iconic music festivals in the United States. Coachella brings together hundreds of artists and thousands of music fans from all over the world. But you don’t have to break the bank to discover new artists through Coachella. You don’t even have to leave your couch. Here’s how to make the most of your Coachella or Couchella experience the minute the lineup drops.


Coachella announces their lineup around the same time every year. After sending out some well-spaced teaser tweets featuring some of the lower billed artists, Coachella dropped the lineup on January 2nd, 2019 at 8:28 pm local time. This was an excruciating 11:28 pm for those of us on the east coast! Nevertheless, fans scanned the list for artists they would hope to see.

Almost as soon as the lineup is out, it seems that some superpower dude on Reddit categorizes it into genres. This list was an excellent place to start if it is a bit overwhelming, and you want to focus on the music styles you already like. Here is a look at this past year’s lineup by genre.


There will be so many playlists available after the lineup comes out. Apple Music and Spotify will curate extensive playlists featuring all of the artists. This style can also be overwhelming, and you only get to hear about one song per artist. You can like or add them to your own Coachella playlist and then check out the rest of the artists’ discography from there.

The Coachella app is another easy way to discover new artists all in one place. I tried to go through every artist and listen to at least one of their songs. If I liked something, I would add it to my playlist and look up the rest of their music. It did take some time, but I found a lot of the artists that I wanted to see by doing this. You can always go back to the Reddit list if you aren’t finding what you like.


Now, this is the fun part. Discovering new songs and artists makes you excited even if you are watching Coachella from home. There are plenty of videos and full sets that you can find on YouTube to relive Coachella 2019. Here are some buzzworthy artists that I hope to help you discover if you missed them this Coachella/Couchella season.


I don’t know how I didn’t know about him before January. It’s okay though because Coachella does a great job of booking the “up-and-coming” artists before they blow up. Go listen to his song “Power Over Me,” and you will not be disappointed. He’s a highly talented singer-songwriter with an Ed Sheeran vibe. His voice has a little more of that rock style grittiness to it. I listened to his discography before Coachella, and his songs always seem to outdo themselves. “After Rain,” (see related post here), “Couldn’t Tell,” “Glory,” and “Young & Free,” are goosebump evoking for sure. He played to a packed Gobi Tent with Irish flags flying and fans singing every word. It was just like being at a sold-out show. Speaking of, I’m so excited I just snagged tickets to his SOLD-OUT show in Chicago for his first headlining tour in NA!

The only downside to his set was that Lizzo played at the same time. She is killing it with back to back sell-out shows in the area. She recently performed at The Ritz, Raleigh in May, only to announce a much larger show this September at Red Hat Amphitheater. I hope to catch her this round. *Prays to the Stubhub gods.* Good news for Couchella viewers is that you don’t have to deal with scheduling conflicts. You can flip through the performances and see who you like. Check out Dermot’s new music video for his current single, “Outnumbered,” below.


Well, I’m glad I looked more into this artist because I was about to start by saying, “This band….” Nope, wrong! I stand corrected. This. Solo. Artist. Is. Absolutely. Phenomenal. I’m not sure how I didn’t realize that George van den Broek was a solo act, but that makes him all the more intriguing. You can also cheat and preview an artist’s previous set on YouTube before Coachella to see who you want to check out. Weekend 2 ‘Chella goers have the luxury of doing this during weekend 1. Yellow Days has an alluring selection of live performances, like this one, that will give you an idea of what to expect.

He is one of those artists whose voice sounds exactly like the track when he does live shows. His show has such a chill vibe and was perfect for a Friday afternoon in the Polo Fields. You fall in love with his songwriting and style of delivering each song as well. Fan-favorite live numbers were “That Easy,” “A Little While,” and “How Can I Love You.” He just released a few new singles with the latest one being July 10th. Check out “It’s Real Love” below.


This girl is everywhere! I heard a little from her before the lineup came out, but it seems that she is checking off bucket list boxes left and right. Her success makes absolute sense as her major-label debut album, Heard It in a Past Life, was released in January as well. By this point, you’ve probably seen her on one of the many morning or evening talk shows. You can catch her on the TODAY show this Friday, July 14th!

Maggie has so much energy and is, overall, a great songwriter, performer, and artist. She sets herself apart from pop songwriters by adding a little bit of edge. Though you may have heard her referred to as the ‘Janis Joplin’ of this era, the singer reminds me of Coeur de Pirate in her musical style. Maggie also seems so appreciative of every moment she is currently experiencing in her career. She was beaming on the Gobi Stage at Coachella and seemed overwhelmed by the crowd. A favorite moment was overhearing a fan say, “Maggie is soooo hot right now!” While he may have been referring to her appearance, it’s also true that she is currently on fire in the music scene. Many fans have had “Burning,” “Retrograde,” and “Fallingwater,” on repeat for months.


This band snuck up on me too little too late. I was getting into their music around the time of Coachella. If you are looking for a soothing vocal to add to your relaxation playlist, “Waiting Room,” is the one. Don’t stop there, though, as they have many more magnetic tracks. I should have paid more attention to the rest of their music because I’m regretting not making a point to catch their set. They have a similar sound to Year’s & Year’s, SAFIA, or Joji. They are worth the listen for sure!

CHVRCHES: Jonathan’s Pick

CHVRCHES is pretty much the ultimate festival band. They’ve played Coachella about 5x. Yes, I knew who they were before Coachella, but I hadn’t seen them live. My husband says, “he didn’t listen to their music,” even though he inadvertently did. We both agree; they killed their set! They really could have been on the main stage before Khalid and Ariana Grande, and that would have saved a lot of fans running back and forth. CHVRCHES are also playing at HOPSCOTCH here in Raleigh this September. Check out the lineup here.

There aren’t many bands that I trust to cover this song. Clean version!

I apologize for the untimeliness of this post, but it’s never too late to discover new artists or discuss past and future Coachella lineups.