September

SHOPscotch comes to Raleigh

Submitted on Aug 25, 2011

You probably know that some of the more notable independent record labels in America call the Triangle home, right? And that Raleigh has a well-earned reputation for fostering artists and designers? What about one of the best music merchandise operations around?
 
From Sept. 8-11, in Raleigh’s historic City Market, these groups will come together to create SHOPscotch, a temporary pop-up store intended to provide even more fun for Hopscotch fans. The store will feature merchandise from some of the festival's participating bands, hard-to-find vinyl records, an interesting selection of items from the KungFuNation.com warehouse, a batch of Merge & Yep Roc Records titles, albums by local artists, various band merchandise and lots of T-shirts (including $5 ones!). It will also include a designers' market with handmade goods from a few of this area's most beloved artisans. If you’re looking for a limited edition tour EP or a cute piece of jewelry, you’ll probably find it here.
 
Where:
325 Blake Street in City Market (or right around the corner from POSTERscotch)
 
When:
Thursday: 4-10pm
Friday: 4-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-2pm
 
Who:
KungFuNation.com
Merge Records
Yep Roc Records
Designers' Market w/ Local Artisans
 
Hopscotch Music Festival is presented by The Independent Weekly. 3-day All-Show wristbands and City Plaza single tickets are still available here: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/tickets/
 
Kung Fu specializes in merchandise and e-commerce stores for indie rock artists, including some of the bands performing at Hopscotch, such as Guided By Voices, Budos Band, Disappears, The Love Language and The Rosebuds, in addition to a long list of artists including Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Animal Collective, Beck, The Avett Brothers, Sonic Youth, Wilco, The White Stripes, Faith No More, and many more.
 
Merge Records was started in the summer of 1989, by Laura Ballance & Mac McCaughan, the same summer they formed the band Superchunk in Chapel Hill, NC. Since '92 Merge moved from one charming-yet-run-down office to another until 2001, when they finally made the move from Chapel Hill to a fine old building in historic Downtown Durham, NC. The label celebrated its 20th birthday in 2009.
 
Now based in Haw River, NC, Yep Roc Records and sister company Redeye Distribution were founded in Chapel Hill by Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen in 1996. The label has put out albums by The Reverend Horton Heat, Chatham County Line, Gang of Four, Robyn Hitchcock, Bob Mould, Paul Weller, Nick Lowe and countless others.

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