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My Pitchfork itinerary: Mara Shalhoup 

The editor of the Reader digs on AraabMuzik and Thee Oh Sees

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2 PM: Disoriented, a little sloppy, hazy, upbeat—I'm talking about Milk Music, not my condition today. Someone told me I'd like this Olympia, Washington, grunge band. I very much do.

2:45 PM: I was cooking brunch a few weeks back, drifting away on a soundtrack heavy on Thee Oh Sees. "Do only girls listen to Thee Oh Sees?" my friend quipped. Girls, puppets, and music critics!

3:30 PM: Keep the San Fran psych-garage vibe going with Ty Segall.

4:15 PM: Real Estate is the perfect background music to what's the most appealing destination on (or, more correctly, flanking) the festival grounds: Union Park pool. Last year a few of us broke away to jump in. Best decision I made all weekend.

5:15 PM: Buy a plush hamburger from the Reader's Best Indie Crafter—and soon-to-be reality-TV showstopper—Steff Bomb at Coterie. Get her autograph now. Tori Spelling's gonna make her a star.

6:15 PM: Stand next to Miles Raymer and mouth the words "I know, right?" at AraabMuzik.

7:30 PM: I love Beach House and I don't care what anyone says.

8:30 PM: I don't love Vampire Weekend and I still don't care what anyone says. I'm heading over to the Cobra Lounge to see King Tuff and Natural Child.

Next: Luca Cimarusti on Dirty Beaches and the Men

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Correction This itinerary has been amended to reflect the correct hometown of Milk Music.


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