Friday, July 19, 2013

It begins: Day one of our coverage of the Pitchfork Music Festival

Posted By on 07.19.13 at 06:44 AM

The inimitable Bjork. Not pictured: The six-foot Tesla coil shes been using to play the bass line to Thunderbolt.
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  • The inimitable Bjork. Not pictured: The six-foot Tesla coil she's been using to play the bass line to "Thunderbolt."
It's going to be a muggy and very likely rainy Friday—unless you're stuck wearing your best shoes in the mud, an evening thunderstorm will probably be a relief. (I went to college in Houston, so my comment on this alleged "heat wave" would be very much like Chris Weingarten's.) Stay hydrated, though, and the Pitchfork lineup promises to be a lot of fun: Trash Talk tears it up at 4:15, Mikal Cronin plays at 6:15 (fresh from a Conan appearance), and Bjork hits the stage with her menagerie of odd instruments (including a Tesla coil!) at 8:15. I know, I know, musical Tesla coils are some tired-ass Boing Boing shit—but we're talking about a Tesla coil integrated into a world-class stage show, not a Tesla coil playing the Super Mario theme in a parking lot. That better not get rained out.

For those of you who aren't feeling the "sweaty and rambunctious" angle, Pitchfork offers some stirring and beautiful music too: Frankie Rose at 3:20, Angel Olsen at 5:15, and Joanna Newsom at 7:30. As I understand it, Ms. Newsom is an elf and thus immortal, and immortals never complain about the humidity. So she'll at least be setting a good example.

You can read reviews of all ten Friday artists here (don't forget the afterparties), and over here are hour-by-hour itineraries from Peter Margasak, Gwynedd Stuart, and contest winner Kayla Hartman. Throughout the evening Reader contributors will be posting to Twitter (follow @Chicago_Reader or use this handy list) and Instagram (also @Chicago_Reader). After the jump: a video where Margasak and Mark Guarino of the Sun-Times discuss their Friday picks.

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