Not going to lie, by the third day of Hopscotch things are starting to get a little exhausting. If you've been taking in the day parties and staying out until the last band of the night plays their last notes, you've managed a good twelve to fourteen hours of live music a day. But the party is still going strong, and the festival saves some of its best acts for the weekend, so there's nothing to do but grab some coffee, rally, and get out there.
The transition from music blog darling to pop stardom is not an easy one. Fortunately, Valerie Teicher, also known as Tei Shi, is on the right track. Initial releases like “M&Ms” and “Nevermind the End” earned her some well-deserved buzz, but 2015’s “Bassically” put her on the radar for many, earning her opening slots for the likes of Years & Years and Grimes. After nearly four years of putting out singles and EPs, she signed with Downtown Records in 2016 and released her anticipated debut album Crawl Space in March 2017.
British electronica trio Years & Years has been having a good year. The winners of the BBC’s Sound of 2015 award and mtvU’s Artist to Watch for 2015, the group recently released their debut album Communion, which made it to number one on the album charts in the UK and on the Billboard dance/electronic charts in the US. Currently on tour playing a run of sold out shows across the country, the band came to play a packed-to-the-gills 9:30 Club on Saturday night. The crowd was highly enthusiastic, having begun to line up as early as 10am to be the first in the door at the 8pm door time.