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The Hopscotch 5

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The no-frills punk-pop band See Gulls is one of many Raleigh bands playing the Hopscotch Music Festival.

The no-frills punk-pop band See Gulls is one of many Raleigh bands playing the Hopscotch Music Festival.

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Life is full of choices. If you happen to be at the fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival, taking place Sept. 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C., those choices would include the Dallas thrash-metal band Power Trip, supreme bummer (in the best way) Sun Kil Moon, L.A. electronic duo NGUZUNGUZU and the hooky-as-hell punk group Potty Mouth — and that's just on Friday past midnight.

But what sets Hopscotch apart from other festivals is its unbridled enthusiasm for hometown artists and the surrounding North Carolina area known as The Triangle. Many music festivals include local acts, yes, but few put a premium on what's regularly happening at its venues, DIY spaces and record stores in the same breath as its national headliners.

I'll be at Hopscotch starting Thursday, so you can follow me on Twitter as I hit up as many sets as possible — or, if you're there, say hi! Here are five songs from the many (many) Raleigh and Triangle-based artists I'm hoping to catch during the weekend; all are free to download, and some include profanity for those who like to know that sort of thing.

The Hopscotch 5

  • No Love

    SCAB

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    If your idea of pop-punk is the Buzzcocks by way of Operation: Cliff Clavin, then No Love might be your favorite new band. Its members come from Raleigh's hardcore and powerviolence scenes — a far cry from the fist-pumpingly hooky, ba-da-bah-bah'ing "SCAB," which premieres here from No Love's Tape 2 and sees official release during Hopscotch.

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  • Bedowyn

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    Only one album into its existence Bedowyn already has a clear idea of its multi-tiered metal. The band shares its roots in the stoner stuff Southern folks love so much (see: older albums by Baroness, Kylesa), but "O' Bitter Sea" embraces an epic sing-along folk melody a la Primordial and a NWOBHM drive between acoustic passages.

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  • funkss

    WHEELS

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    As summer ends, "Wheels" is the kind of ambient techno track that sets the introspective tone for autumn as the nights cool off and our bodies to need to warm up in the club. Jake Funke (a.k.a. funkss) incorporates skittering footwork beats into a deceptively minimal cut, skillfully layering lava-lamp swirls of sound throughout. "WHEELS" will appear on funkss' debut album, out this fall on #TOMCREW.

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  • Professor Toon

    Get'it

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    Professor Toon & The Real Laww operates like OutKast's split album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below IRL: The Durham rap duo shares albums, but doesn't appear on each other's tracks; they perform together, but in separate sets. Oh, and they seem to actually get along. The Real Laww is a darkly comical MC, while Professor Toon (true to his name) is a playful partier who delivers some knockout lines.

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  • See Gulls

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    If the opening line doesn't sell you — "All of this s--- seems to start with a kiss / with one lip in front of the other" — then go no further, for you are not worthy of See Gulls. The no-frills punk-pop band is like a ramshackle Breeders on a permanent kiss-off, suitable for dancing along.

    • Download "Don't Write Me Love Songs"

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