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Mastodon, Spoon and St. Vincent highlight the Hopscotch 2014 band list

Here’s what Hopscotch 2014 looks like so far.
Here’s what Hopscotch 2014 looks like so far. Courtesy Hopscotch Music Festival.

The initial lineup blast is out for the fifth edition of the Hopscotch Music Festival, which is set for the first weekend of September. And this year’s model is gonna be really, really loud, given that one of the main-stage headliners is the mighty Mastodon, the progressive-metal band from Atlanta. Other top-of-the-bill acts include St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Phosphorescent, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Spoon (this probably accounts for why Spoon, one of Merge Records’ flagship acts, is not playing this summer’s Merge25 festivities).

Lots more good stuff is further down the bill -- 6 String Drag, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind (!), Loamlands and Valient Thorr, among others. Today’s announcement has 120 acts, with 40 more still to come. Below is the band list in alphabetical order:

IIII, 6 String Drag, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, American Aquarium, Artificial Brain, Author & Punisher, Axxa/Abbraxas, Ava Luna, Avers, Bedowyn, Blanko Basnet, Blursome, Body Games, Canine Heart Sounds, Coke Weed, Cousins, Dark Rooms, Davidians, Dead Gaze, Demon Eye, Deniro Farrar, Dent May, Diarrhea Planet, Drag Sounds, Death, Eagulls, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Enemy Waves, First Person Plural, FREEMAN, Free Clinic, GEMS, Ghostt Bllonde, Guerilla Toss, Helm, High On Fire, Holygrailers, How To Dress Well, Jacuzzi Boys, Jamie XX, Joe Scudda, KEN mode, Krill, Last Year’s Men, Landlady, Lee Noble, Loamlands, Lonnie Walker, Lunice, Mark McGuire, Marley Carroll, Mapei, Mastodon, Matt Kivel, Matt Northrup, Mas Ysa, Museum Mouth, Mutual Benefit, Nest Egg, New Music Raleigh Presents: Future Shock, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, No Eyes, No Love, Obnox, Octopus Jones, Open Mike Eagle, Potty Mouth, Power Trip, Palehound, Paperhaus, Phosphorescent Solo, Prince Rama, Reigning Sound, Ryley Walker, Saint Rich, Screature, See Gulls, Soft Cat, Solar Halos, Spoon, Strange Faces, St. Vincent, SubRosa, Sun Araw, Sun Club, Sun Kil Moon, The Haxan Cloak, The Nervous Ticks, The Tills, The Range, The White Octave, Thurston Moore, Tony Conrad, T0W3RS, Valient Thorr, Virgins Family Band, Walin’ Storms, Well$, White Lung, White Laces, Wild Fur, Wing Dam, Winston Facials, Witch Mountain, Wowolfol, Y’ALL, Young Cardinals, YVETTE, Zack Mexico