Hopscotch Music Festival
David Dondero is an American songwriter, guitarist, former lead singer of the band Sunbrain. In 2006, NPR’s All Songs Considered named David one of the “best living songwriters” alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits. Dondero started his musical career on drums at the age of 10, due in part to the fact that he “was always drumming on stuff with my hands”. Dondero released four records with the Clemson, SC-based punk/hardcore band Sunbrain (three on Grass Records and one on Ghostmeat Records), before breaking up in 1995. The following year, Dondero joined This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for nearly two years as their drummer. He left in 1998 to focus on his solo material. He has since released seven solo albums – two with Ghostmeat Records, three with Future Farmer Records and the most recent two with Team Love Records. His eighth album, titled # Zero with a Bullet, was released on August 3, 2010. Dondero has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, David Bazan, Preston School of Industry, Bright Eyes, Tilly and the Wall, Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew, Spoon, and Willy Mason. Dondero currently resides in Austin, TX. Mike Robinson of First Person Plural will be doing a solo set to open.
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Sounds Like: Modest Mouse, Bonnie Prince Billy, Sunny Day Real Estate, The National
Bio: "After years spent keeping things steady in the buoyant rhythm section of Annuals, Mike Robinson traded the bass out for an acoustic guitar and center-stage. The move is an assured one. Raspy vocals deliver intimate lyrics over country guitar lines and indie rock chord progressions. A rotating ca...See Full Bio
“First Person Plural is the latest project from Mike Robinson (formerly of Annuals). Debut EP Gold Wasp is an assured set of recordings worthy of your time, with introspective lyricism wrapped around a warm glow. Mercy in particular, is a song I find myself coming back to… Robinson’s vocals sharing the same oaken rasp with Bonnie Prince Billy, a rich melancholy contained within. The track is built around fine musicianship, with dusky country guitar and The National’esque chord progression and melodic flourishes.”