Pitchfork Day One

Monday, July 18, 2016

Backstage Pitchfork portraits of Digable Planets, Empress Of, Circuit des Yeux, and more

Posted By on 07.18.16 at 02:40 PM

Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux - ORIANA KOREN
  • Oriana Koren
  • Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux

Throughout Pitchfork weekend, Reader photographer Oriana Koren captured a great cross-section of performers backstage—Digable Planets, Empress Of, and hometown heroes BJ the Chicago Kid, Twin Peaks, Homme, and Haley Fohr (aka Circuit des Yeux). Thankfully, the weather was on our side, and our outdoor studio didn't get rained out. Koren was able to create lovely portraits of some of our favorite artists.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen was a ray of sunshine on Pitchfork's gray opening day

Posted By on 07.16.16 at 10:15 AM

Carly Rae Jepsen - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • Carly Rae Jepsen

Brianna Wellen:
The second I heard Car Seat Headrest play David Bowie's "Blackstar," my hopes were high for this weekend. Immediately after that, though, it started pouring. But that's the fickle nature of Pitchfork, or really any good outdoor music festival: brilliant and thrilling one moment, bleak and rainy the next. Thankfully, as the day continued, it seemed this year's fest would start on an upswing. Twin Peaks were charming and rocking as ever. Broken Social Scene were the Broken Social Scene-iest, with a rotating roster of singers coming up for new and old jams. Shamir proved himself to be miles ahead of where he was during the festival last year, drawing in a huge crowd of dancing folks (myself included) and blowing 2015's performance way out of the water.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Here's the lineup for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival—and some insights from Reader critics in the know

Posted By on 02.19.16 at 10:36 AM

Jeremih is one of the many Chicagoans slated to perform at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. - DEF JAM
  • Def Jam
  • Jeremih is one of the many Chicagoans slated to perform at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.

The lineup for the 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival dropped this morning, and as always the organizers have proven their ability to put together an endearingly eclectic lineup. The bill for the three-day festival includes plenty of curveballs: Brian Wilson performing all of Pet Sounds, the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, Canadian pop wonder Carly Rae Jepsen, and the Hotelier, the first emo band I've seen listed on a Pitchfork lineup in its 11 years. There are a handful of festival veterans on the bill, of course—Beach House, Shamir, and Broken Social Scene, to name a few, all of whom perform Friday.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

18 photos of the Friday crowd at Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

Posted By on 07.18.15 at 03:00 PM

  • Logan Javage

Embedded amid Union Park's sea of pasty flesh, tank tops, and reality TV villains (namely Nick Viall, The Bachelorette's bad boy du jour), Reader photographers Logan Javage and Rosario Zavala bravely documented the midwest urban festgoer in its natural habitat during the muggy Friday kickoff of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival. They managed to snap shots of some fine examples of the species: a dude spinning poi balls, a baby wearing protective headphones, and—a rare breed, indeed!—a goth girl in hot weather twirling a hula hoop.

  • Logan Javage

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It was all eyes on the fashionable Marcela at Pitchfork day one

Posted By on 07.18.15 at 10:30 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.


Fashion designer Marcela Andrade (@ma_zinha) spent a good portion of her Friday getting compliments and making friends at Pitchfork. "It's all because of this dress. If you're feeling depressed don't go to a therapist, just buy this dress. It's a much better deal", she jokes. On the short walk to the background I was looking for, at least a handful of people approached her to express their admiration. A couple more asked for a picture. Wisdom of the crowds: her look is at the same time comfortable, chic, fun, fresh, and water/sun proof—she was holding the cutest duck umbrella. I also love her mix of patterns and textures, and how she managed to keep it all cohesive. Check out more details of Marcela's winning outfit and other sartorially wise Pitchfork goers below.

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Pitchfork day one was hotter than hell—but chill as hell

Posted By on 07.18.15 at 09:30 AM

  • Rosario Zavala
  • Chvrches

Kevin Warwick
: It was hot, yeah, sure. But that didn't necessarily take away from day one of Pitchfork, other than that you had to pick your spots better—and make sure you were in the shade when you did it. Steve Gunn's set on the smaller Blue Stage was a nice respite from the heat in that it was easygoing and wispy, not necessarily cool, but dark enough to put just the right kind of breeze in the air. The croak in Gunn's vocals—and the eventual addition of sideman extraordinaire Jim Elkington on pedal steel—wrapped around the psych-touched meandering guitars perfectly as the songs pushed out from the stage. It's a sound better contained at a venue like the Bottle (where he played last night), but still a perfectly pleasant midday set.

But I was waiting for Chvrches, who were one of my cage-match choices of the weekend. The Scottish electro-pop three-piece cut through the humidity as the small-framed Lauren Mayberry skipped her taut vocals over the crowd as dusk settled in. It was the right formula for an early evening set because it loaded on the thumping synths and rejuvenated a crowd that had become a little too accustomed to dead-standing heat and guitar rock. Flanked by her two black-clad bandmates, Mayberry hunched over and bellowed out her ethereal vocals in a straight-up black-metal pose: hunched over and with her hair in her face. And there was just the right amount of fog blowing in from the side stage, because Chvrches deserves a fog machine, no doubt about it.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Wilco drops unexpected new album on the eve of its headlining slot at Pitchfork Music Fest

Posted By on 07.17.15 at 12:30 PM

In his Pitchfork Music Festival coverage for today's Tribune, onetime Wilco biographer Greg Kot wonders if the group's headlining set this evening will offer a preview of a new album, their first since The Whole Love (2011). Last night, after his piece had been put to bed, Wilco released its 11th studio album, Star Wars, for free via its website, wilcoworld.net, providing a pretty clear answer that tonight's set will include a bunch of new material. The album will remain available as a free download through August 13. The CD version of the album will be released on August 21, with the vinyl version to come on November 27.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our roundup of Pitchfork Music Festival aftershows

Posted By on 07.15.15 at 03:00 PM

Ariel Pink may or may not be decent by the time he headlines Lincoln Hall on Saturday night. - SASHA EISENMAN
  • Sasha Eisenman
  • Ariel Pink may or may not be decent by the time he headlines Lincoln Hall on Saturday night.

In case three full days packed with loud music and drinking in the sun aren't enough for you, Pitchfork weekend comes with a full slate of aftershows. There are a dozen official events around town, plus a handful of unsanctioned concerts with festival artists, including gigs at the Virgin Hotel (Vic Mensa, Ex Hex) and an RSVP-only hip-hop party on Friday at First Ward that features ILove­Makonnen and a collaborative project called Superchef with Lil B, Sonny Digital, and more.

Of course, more shows are happening in town than are collected here—these listings focus on festival artists and on Pitchfork-­friendly concerts not far from the park. The Reader generally can't mention underground shows at DIY venues, but weekends like this always spawn at least a handful—to find out about those, as the saying goes, "ask a punk."

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Friday, February 13, 2015

This year's Pitchfork Music Festival lineup has arrived

Posted By on 02.13.15 at 10:47 AM

Chance the Rapper is one of the headliners of this years Pitchfork Music Festival.
  • Alison Green
  • Chance the Rapper is one of the headliners of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.

Or most of it at least (there's sure to be a straggler or two). At first glance, one of the best aspects of this year's lineup is the heavy local influence. Wilco and Chance the Rapper are headliners—the reunited Sleater-Kinney are filling the Saturday headlining slot—with Vic Mensa, Jimmy Whispers, and Ryley Walker also being given the opportunity to get weird. There are plenty of repeats from years past (Run the Jewels, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, et cetera), and plenty of newbies worthy of your attention (Single Mothers, Viet Cong, Natalie Prass, et cetera). Also if you're looking for anything heavy, please move along and find tickets to Maryland Deathfest or something. As it stands right at this moment, the whole damn lineup is below with plenty and plenty of links to old Reader coverage, courtesy of the man Leor Galil, who was tasked with digging through our archives. So, what do you think? —Kevin Warwick

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Follow Neneh Cherry as she shops for records at Pitchfork

Posted By on 07.22.14 at 01:00 PM

Neneh Cherry

Here's the premise: we gave six acts playing Pitchfork some scratch to spend on a record or a book, then browsed the fair with them to see what they ended up with. In our second installment, Reader staff writer Peter Margasak tagged along with Neneh Cherry at the fest's Record Fair. Watch below as Peter and Neneh discuss her performance at the festival, seeing Bad Brains at age 14, and the joy of discovery.

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