The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh, N.C., for its fourth annual go-round on Sept. 5-7. The lineup features more than 175 bands from a wide variety of genres, including rock, hip-hop, metal, punk, alt-country, classical and folk. Festival-goers will enjoy performances by Spiritualized, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Big Boi and the Breeders, plus dozens more.
Jason Pierce has long expressed a weary search for redemption -- whether through the promise of romantic love, the fix offered by narcotics, or salvation from a higher power -- in the space-gospel of Spiritualized, of which he is the lone continuous member. At its best, the band engenders intoxicated catharsis, the draining relief of a hangover broken. But in the band's more indulgent moments, they never sweat out the sickness. This is why 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light,' which may be Pierce's leanest (and most pop) album to date, is also one of their best.
It's been a long four years for Spiritualized fans since the release of 'Songs in A&E,' but the wait for new music is almost over: the space rock pioneers' new album, 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light,' is out next week. And actually, you don't even have to wait that long to hear it -- thanks to NPR, you can stream the whole thing right now.