Pitchfork Day Three

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pitchfork gets painted orange in the fight against gun violence

Posted By on 07.21.17 at 02:57 PM

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

click image Madame Gandhi supporting the Wear Orange movement at Pitchfork 2017. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Madame Gandhi supporting the Wear Orange movement at Pitchfork 2017.

Pitchfork’s biggest style trend in 2017 wasn’t really a trend, but a movement: many fans—and even a few performers, such as Jamila Woods and Madame Gandhi—sported their best citrus-inspired garb to participate in the Beats > Bullets (“beats over bullets”) initiative, promoted by the festival. As part of their usual community outreach, Pitchfork partnered with local group Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention in the country, to bring awareness to the issue.

Everytown started the Wear Orange movement by encouraging people to don the color during the National Gun Awareness Day, celebrated on June 2. The date also marks the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in Chicago when she was only 15 years old. After her death, Pendleton’s parents and friends started wearing orange to bring attention to the issue of gun violence, since that’s the color hunters wear in the woods to avoid getting shot by other hunters. This year Pitchfork asked its attendees to do the same, and many of them did. Participants could also pose with posters printed with facts about gun violence, both local and national. Learn what they are at everytownresearch.org and in some of the photos below.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Most stylish at Pitchfork 2017 who did not wear orange

Posted By on 07.17.17 at 06:11 PM

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

click image Katie Greer of Priests - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Katie Greer of Priests

Pitchfork Festival is certainly one of the best local events to people watch, and this year was no different. Lots of attendees wore orange for the #BeatsOverBullets initiative—they'll be featured here on Street View soon. In the meantime, check out some of the most stylish folks spotted in the fest, including performer Katie Greer (shown above). The Priests vocalist sported a dress fit for a punk-rock princess, reminiscent of Courtney Love's baby-doll look. See more Pitchfork street style after the jump.

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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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Chance the Rapper was the big news, but there was plenty of other great music on Pitchfork's last day

Posted By on 07.18.16 at 11:32 AM

  • Alison Green
  • FKA Twigs

Noah Berlatsky:
  Jeremih's Green Stage set on Sunday had a similar communal vibe to that of fellow Chicagoan RP Boo the day before, albeit with less frantic virtuosity and more sex. The crowd enthusiastically shouted again and again for "old shit" rather than "new shit," and Jeremih obliged, encouraging call-and-response and repeatedly thanking old fans, a number of whom were dancing on stage along with him. Chance the Rapper showed up too, bouncing around enthusiastically for a song or two. A couple of professional dancers in skintight black outfits gave the impression that they weren't feeling the humidity at all. But the real showstopper was Jeremih's mom, whom he brought out for a dance at the end. She seemed both embarrassed and radiantly happy as she twirled around in her Doc Martens in what has to be one of Pitchfork's all-time most adorable performances.

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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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Thursday, August 6, 2015

See 826 Chicago students interview Peter Cottontale, Single Mothers, Mourn, and more

Posted By on 08.06.15 at 12:30 PM

826Chi students interview Peter Cottontale. - LEOR GALIL
  • Leor Galil
  • 826Chi students interview Peter Cottontale.

During the Pitchfork Music Festival, local nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Chicago sends a handful of students to Union Park to interview some of the performers as part of a music-writing workshop called "The Rest Is Noise." I got the chance to serve as one of the volunteers for this outing, and it was a pleasure to watch these teenage journalists get a scope of the festival, kick back during the performances, and chat up musicians. Contributing Reader videographer Chris Buddy captured the students in conversation with some of the musicians on the bill—along with one local rocker who happened to be attending the fest. On Sunday the students discussed gold mining with Single Mothers, picking up music at a young age with Mourn, the influence of Kendrick Lamar with Kittyhawk front woman Kate Grube, and the process of collaborating on Surf with producer and Social Experiment member Peter Cottontale. Take a look at some of the highlights from the interviews on Pitchfork's final day below, and while you're at it check out the video interviews from the festival's second day, which we posted yesterday.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Thirty-two photos of the Sunday crowd at Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

Posted By on 07.20.15 at 04:47 PM

  • Andrea Bauer

"This is the people-watching event of the summer," a friend said yesterday evening at the tail end of a weekend spent observing Pitchfork's parade of humanity through Union Park. When it comes to festivals, the most interesting sights are often offstage—and that's especially true of Pitchfork. Throughout the fest's beautiful final day, Reader photographers saw the multitudes in all their glorious variety: a (seemingly) happy couple dry humping, friends collapsed in nap piles, a man in a flesh-toned body stocking, another wearing cat ears, loners looking ready for Burning Man, a shirtless dude in an umbrella hat, and still more babies wearing headphones to shield their tiny eardrums from the likes of the Julie Ruin and Run the Jewels. There was even a pair kicking back on the lawn with a print copy of the Reader! But then again, maybe that was just their way of sucking up to our photographer.

  • Rosario Zavala

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Vic Mensa raps through his clothes

Posted By on 07.20.15 at 12:30 PM

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

An outfit always carries a message, and Vic Mensa—who played the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday—seems very aware of that. "Gun Control by the NRA" and "Sponsored by Fannie Mae" are written on his pants—he's basically rapping through his clothes. Aesthetically the look really works too, with all the red fonts on the white background, and a feminine pair of sunnies à la Kurt Cobain toughened up by his attitude and combat boots. Last year the main fashion trend was a lot of normcore and 90s; the year before, flower crowns. Now . . .  to each their own. Some microtrends I noticed were fruit prints, matching sets, and McDonald's themed garments. Yes, McDonald's. And not in a normcore way.

See Vic Mensa's pants up close and a bunch of other distinctive dressers below.

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Pitchfork Day Three recap: Hot and loud and lots of fun

Posted By on 07.20.15 at 10:30 AM

Courtney Barnett rocks out on a hot afternoon. - LOGAN JAVAGE
  • Logan Javage
  • Courtney Barnett rocks out on a hot afternoon.

Bill Meyer: One of Pitchfork's pleasures comes early each day, when local up-and-comers get a crack at a big stage. Since two-thirds of the Bitchin Bajas—an instrumental trio that has drawn the right lessons in trance induction from Terry Riley, Alice Coltrane, and Cluster—perform seated before analog synthesizers, visual spectacle was not on the agenda. But they made glorious use of the Green Stage's sound system, bathing listeners in richly layered tones and textures to transport them from a muddy field to a state of sound-induced serenity.

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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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