Six Organs of Admittance, Pictureplane, more join Hopscotch 2012
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012
One week from the start of the third annual Hopscotch Music Festival, we are excited to announce the addition of four new acts: a solo set by psychedelic folk luminary Six Organs of Admittance, a headlining dance party from Pictureplane and GDFX, and a Friday night rock blast from The Psychic Paramount.
For 15 years, Six Organs of Admittance—the primary vehicle of guitarist, songwriter, singer and visionary Ben Chasny—has explored the boundaries of folk and rock music in all imaginable dimensions. From his solo acoustic excursions like the great For Octavio Paz to his brilliant 2005 breakthrough School of the Flower, Chasny’s output and influence rival that of any other musician associated with New Weird America. His latest, this month’s Ascent, distills all of that into 40 exceptional minutes. With its heavy electric grit and big rhythm, “Waswasa” recalls his tenure with Comets on Fire, while “Solar Ascent” finds his brooding and cooing beneath a gentle tide of tone. Simply put, it’s one of the year’s best records.
At Hopscotch, Chasny will play a somewhat rare solo set, replacing Ducktails Thursday night at Berkeley Café. After his headlining set, look for Chasny to make a late-night appearance elsewhere at Hopscotch. Expect details early next week…
There’s a lineup shift at Kings Barcade on Thursday night: Due to the acting career of frontwoman Aleksa Palladino, Exitmusic has cancelled its Hopscotch 2012 appearance. In their stead, a pair of electronic pied pipers will take their place—Pictureplane and GDFX. The big beats and airy hooks of Travis Egedy were a highlight of the first Hopscotch, where Pictureplane was part of a legendary bill with Future Islands, Javelin, Lower Dens and Double Dagger. He’ll share the stage with Greg Fox, or GDFX, who played Hopscotch last year as the drummer of Liturgy and will visit again this year with his new band, Guardian Alien. We’re excited about this new double set of producers, who offer a dancing exit to the opening night of Hopscotch 2012.
The Psychic Paramount, who will be on tour with Friday headliners The Jesus and Mary Chain along the East Coast, are a happy late addition to Hopscotch. Loud and precise, the Brooklyn trio are known for mutations of 20th century composition and burly math rock, of blistering heavy metal and art-rock textures. As one writer put it after The Psychic Paramount’s set at the Pitchfork Music Festival earlier this year, the band “relies on relentless, unceasing repetition to generate sublime freak-outs that split the distance between Terry Riley and Motorhead.” They will open for Heads on Sticks, Odonis Odonis, Zola Jesus and Killer Mike at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 7, making one of the strangest and strongest bills of this year’s festival that much more so.