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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Blood Orange fought oppression with empathy and collaboration at Pitchfork

Posted By on 07.22.18 at 12:17 PM

Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange - SARAH JOYCE
  • Sarah Joyce
  • Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange

Every time I've seen Devonté Hynes perform as Blood Orange—including sets at Pitchfork festivals in 2013 and 2016, an intimate show at the Empty Bottle in 2014, and a fantastic headlining concert at the Vic in 2016—I've walked away shaking my head that he isn't a global superstar. In a better universe, his albums Cupid Deluxe (2013) and Freetown Sound (2016) would be considered world-beating touchstones by now. Since I first heard them, their depth has only become more apparent to me. After Blood Orange's stirring early-evening set at Pitchfork on Saturday, the same old stupid thoughts about how popular Hynes should be—and questions about whether that much popularity would even interest him—ricocheted around my brain.

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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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Forty years on, the Feelies still cast the same irresistible spell

Posted By on 07.17.17 at 07:00 AM

Founding Feelies guitarist Glenn Mercer - PORTER MCLEOD
  • Porter McLeod
  • Founding Feelies guitarist Glenn Mercer

The other day I noticed a sticker on my copy of In Between (Bar-None), the recent sixth album by the Feelies, noting the New Jersey band's 40th anniversary. At most installments of the Pitchfork Music Festival, that would make them unchallenged as the oldest performers, even though the combo took a 17-year hiatus that ended in 2008—but this year their set was momentarily delayed by an encore from an even older artist, George Clinton, whose raggedly celebratory set preceded theirs. Clinton's circus of a show displayed his characteristic deployment of a much younger crew of singers and dancers to connect with the hip-hop generation, but the Feelies, formed by guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million in 1976, carried on as ever—with the stage presence of five science teachers who've been conducting the same experiment over and over for decades.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Tribe Called Quest paid tribute to Phife Dawg at Pitchfork with their first full show since his death

Posted By on 07.16.17 at 12:46 PM

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest - ZAKKIYYAH NAJEEBAH
  • Zakkiyyah Najeebah
  • Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest

Just minutes into A Tribe Called Quest's headlining Pitchfork set Saturday night, when Phife Dawg's vocals streamed out of the speakers during what would've been his first big turn, the jumbotron right of the stage showed a crane shot of an empty space and unattended mike stand in front of Ali Shaheed Muhammad's DJ setup. Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor, died on March 22, 2016, a few months after he and rapper-producer Q-Tip got the group back together to play The Tonight Show in November 2015—a performance that convinced them they were meant to make music again. Tribe's first album since 1998's The Love Movement, titled We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, came out November 11, almost a year after they reunited. Since Phife's death they've reconvened only twice in public, with Pitchfork making three—in November they did two songs on Saturday Night Live, and in February they played a medley at the Grammys. Saturday's set was Tribe's first full show without Phife, and it succeeded because the group approached their past and present with clear eyes.

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PJ Harvey played the set of a lifetime at Pitchfork

Posted By on 07.16.17 at 12:22 PM

  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • PJ Harvey

Last spring, when Prince died, I wrote about all the near misses I'd had trying to see him perform live. I never managed it, and in writing that piece, I couldn't help but start a mental inventory of other great artists I had yet to see—a sort of "please don't kick the bucket" list. On that list, PJ Harvey is definitely near the top. So when Pitchfork announced this year's festival lineup, she became my must-see.

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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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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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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

See 826 Chicago students interview Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, and Jimmy Whispers

Posted By on 08.05.15 at 03:30 PM

click image Jimmy Whispers at Pitchfork Music Festival prior to his 826Chi interview - LOGAN JAVAGE
  • Jimmy Whispers at Pitchfork Music Festival prior to his 826Chi interview

Every summer Wicker Park nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Chicago hosts a music-writing workshop centered around the Pitchfork Music Festival called "The Rest Is Noise." I was lucky enough to serve as one of the volunteers for this year's workshop, and I got to tag along with a couple groups of thoughtful teenage journalists as they explored the festival, took in some sets, and interviewed musicians. Contributing Reader videographer Chris Buddy joined us and captured the students as they spoke with some of the performers. On Saturday they talked to Protomartyr about wearing black clothing onstage, Parquet Courts about the importance of humor, and Jimmy Whispers about one of the garments he wore during his set. Take a look at some of the highlights from the Saturday interviews below, and keep an eye out for the 826Chi video interviews from the final day of Pitchfork Music Festival.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

DJ Allie Teilz reflects all kinds of weather at Pitchfork

Posted By on 07.19.15 at 11:56 AM

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


DJ Allie Teilz was fluttering around Pitchfork yesterday looking like some kind of magical being, a mix of fairy and mermaid—thanks to her choice of iridescent and flowy materials, which happen to work beautifully in the rain (and later in the sun). She was basically a walking rainbow, in sync with the elements, her look punked up by her bleached, messy bob. Keep reading for an up-close look at her reflective skirt (plus photos of other festival style masters). And see if you can spot Gossip Wolf cowriter J.R. Nelson!

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