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Our photo recap of the Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 

Beck, Giorgio Moroder, Deafheaven, Kendrick Lamar, crowd surfing, screaming, dancing, and more from a sunny and entertaining weekend

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The Haxan Cloak

The Haxan Cloak

Alison Green

This year's Pitchfork Music Festival had an endearing combination of clear skies, colossal black metal, and lots of hand waving courtesy of Giorgio Moroder. The Italian producer behind Donna Summer's big hits was one of 43 acts that played Union Park over the past three days, part of an eclectic lineup that featured Kelela, Hudson Mohawke, Pusha T, and Hundred Waters. Not every band was fit for the fest (Sun Kil Moon's intense, dour songs are better suited for a dark concert hall that forbids talking) and some groups had to struggle with severe sound issues (Neutral Milk Hotel sounded like hot garbage for a couple songs), but the festival's exciting mix of artful R&B, introverted hip-hop, celestial folk, and noisy punk proved to be quite potent. Many of the performers could've played for at least an hour longer than they were scheduled, and there were lots of highlights, including Tune-Yards' colorful "playground pop" and DJ Spinn's life-affirming footwork. If you couldn't make it out to the festival we've got you covered: the Reader's wonderful photo staff jumped around the park all weekend long to capture all the onstage excitement and provide a glimpse of the revelry in the crowd. Leor Galil


Friday

Factory Floor - ALISON GREEN
  • Factory Floor
  • Alison Green
Factory Floor - ALISON GREEN
  • Factory Floor
  • Alison Green
Neneh Cherry - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Stephanie Bassos
Neneh Cherry - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Stephanie Bassos
The Haxan Cloak - ALISON GREEN
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • Alison Green
The Haxan Cloak - ALISON GREEN
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • Alison Green
Sharon Van Etten - CORY DEWALD
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Cory Dewald
Sharon Van Etten - CORY DEWALD
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Cory Dewald
Sun Kil Moon - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Sun Kil Moon
  • Anthony Soave
Sun Kil Moon - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Sun Kil Moon
  • Anthony Soave
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
  • Stephanie Bassos
Giorgio Moroder - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • Anthony Soave
Giorgio Moroder - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • Anthony Soave
Beck - ALISON GREEN
  • Beck
  • Alison Green
Beck - ALISON GREEN
  • Beck
  • Alison Green
Beck - ALISON GREEN
  • Beck
  • Alison Green

Saturday

Twin Peaks - LUCY HEWETT
  • Twin Peaks
  • Lucy Hewett
Twin Peaks - LUCY HEWETT
  • Twin Peaks
  • Lucy Hewett
Twin Peaks - LUCY HEWETT
  • Twin Peaks
  • Lucy Hewett
Circulatory System - ALISON GREEN
  • Circulatory System
  • Alison Green
Circulatory System - ALISON GREEN
  • Circulatory System
  • Alison Green
Wild Beasts - LUCY HEWETT
  • Wild Beasts
  • Lucy Hewett
Wild Beasts - LUCY HEWETT
  • Wild Beasts
  • Lucy Hewett
Cloud Nothings - ALISON GREEN
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Alison Green
Cloud Nothings - ALISON GREEN
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Alison Green
Cloud Nothings - ALISON GREEN
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Alison Green
The crowd during Cloud Nothings' set - ALISON GREEN
  • The crowd during Cloud Nothings' set
  • Alison Green
Mas Ysa - LUCY HEWETT
  • Mas Ysa
  • Lucy Hewett
Pusha T - ALISON GREEN
  • Pusha T
  • Alison Green
Pusha T - ALISON GREEN
  • Pusha T
  • Alison Green
Shenanigans during Pusha T's set - ALISON GREEN
  • Shenanigans during Pusha T's set
  • Alison Green
The Range - ALISON GREEN
  • The Range
  • Alison Green
Tune-Yards - LUCY HEWETT
  • Tune-Yards
  • Lucy Hewett
Tune-Yards - LUCY HEWETT
  • Tune-Yards
  • Lucy Hewett
The crowd during Tune-Yards' set - LUCY HEWETT
  • The crowd during Tune-Yards' set
  • Lucy Hewett
Danny Brown - ALISON GREEN
  • Danny Brown
  • Alison Green
Danny Brown - ALISON GREEN
  • Danny Brown
  • Alison Green
St. Vincent - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • St. Vincent
  • Anthony Soave
St. Vincent - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • St. Vincent
  • Anthony Soave
The crowd during St. Vincent's set - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • The crowd during St. Vincent's set
  • Anthony Soave
FKA Twigs - ALISON GREEN
  • FKA Twigs
  • Alison Green
FKA Twigs - ALISON GREEN
  • FKA Twigs
  • Alison Green

Sunday

Speedy Ortiz - ALISON GREEN
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Alison Green
Speedy Ortiz - ALISON GREEN
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Alison Green
Diiv - ALISON GREEN
  • Diiv
  • Alison Green
Diiv - ALISON GREEN
  • Diiv
  • Alison Green
Perfect Pussy - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Perfect Pussy
  • Stephanie Bassos
Perfect Pussy - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Perfect Pussy
  • Stephanie Bassos
Crowd surfing during Perfect Pussy's set - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Crowd surfing during Perfect Pussy's set
  • Stephanie Bassos
Deafheaven - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Deafheaven
  • Stephanie Bassos
Deafheaven - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Deafheaven
  • Stephanie Bassos
Someone who is either very excited or very angry about seeing Deafheaven - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Someone who is either very excited or very angry about seeing Deafheaven
  • Stephanie Bassos
Isaiah Rashad - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Isaiah Rashad
  • Anthony Soave
Earl Sweatshirt - ALISON GREEN
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Alison Green
Earl Sweatshirt - ALISON GREEN
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Alison Green
Dum Dum Girls - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Stephanie Bassos
Dum Dum Girls - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Stephanie Bassos
Schoolboy Q - ALISON GREEN
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Alison Green
Schoolboy Q - ALISON GREEN
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Alison Green
Jon Hopkins - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Jon Hopkins
  • Anthony Soave
Real Estate - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Real Estate
  • Stephanie Bassos
Real Estate - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Real Estate
  • Stephanie Bassos
A relaxed festivalgoer - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • A relaxed festivalgoer
  • Stephanie Bassos
Majical Cloudz - ALISON GREEN
  • Majical Cloudz
  • Alison Green
Majical Cloudz - ALISON GREEN
  • Majical Cloudz
  • Alison Green
An audience member participates in Majical Cloudz' set. - ALISON GREEN
  • An audience member participates in Majical Cloudz' set.
  • Alison Green
Slowdive - ALISON GREEN
  • Slowdive
  • Alison Green
Slowdive - ALISON GREEN
  • Slowdive
  • Alison Green
Slowdive - ALISON GREEN
  • Slowdive
  • Alison Green
DJ Spinn - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • DJ Spinn
  • Anthony Soave
Crowd surfing during DJ Spinn - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Crowd surfing during DJ Spinn
  • Anthony Soave
DJ Spinn - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • DJ Spinn
  • Anthony Soave
Crowd members dance during DJ Spinn's set. - ANTHONY SOAVE
  • Crowd members dance during DJ Spinn's set.
  • Anthony Soave
Grimes - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Grimes
  • Stephanie Bassos
Grimes - STEPHANIE BASSOS
  • Grimes
  • Stephanie Bassos
Kendrick Lamar - ALISON GREEN
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Alison Green
Kendrick Lamar - ALISON GREEN
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Alison Green

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