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Built to Spill @ ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Built to Spill

The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival -- to be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19 -- is announcing the first round of band's to perform at this years festival, as well as a new series that will include Friday's performances. On Friday, the festival welcomes Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard (first show in Chicago in eleven years!), Tortoise and Built to Spill; Saturday will see performances by The National, Pharoahe Monch, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while Sunday's event includes Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Vivian Girls!

In years past, Friday night has been presented in conjunction with All Tomorrow's Parties and their "Don't Look Back" series, which is devoted to artists playing one seminal album from their back catalogue in its entirety. In 2008, Mission of Burma performed Vs., Sebadoh played Bubble & Scrape, and Public Enemy performed It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. 2007 saw Slint performing Spiderland, Gza/Genius performing Liquid Swords, and Sonic Youth performing Daydream Nation.

This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is mixing things up a bit and putting the set lists in the hands of the fans, under a new series titled "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request." When someone buys a ticket they will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to a web page where they can vote on which of each band's songs they'd like to hear during their set - and truly be the ones to "Write the Night." Voting will begin on March 13 (when tickets go on sale) and will end on June 12.

To recap the 2009 line-up so far:

Friday - "Write the Night: Set Lists by Request"
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
Pharoahe Monch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Vivian Girls



Comments (20)

pretty sweet idea for friday night...

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 12:32 PM

I predict sets consisting entirely of Free Bird and Daft Punk songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 12:35 PM

Limp Bizkit is to make their comeback on the Saturday of the festival.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 12:46 PM

Others bands Pitchfork is totally going to put on this:

cut copy
dan deacon
marisa nadler
the thermals
ida maria
school of seven bells
marnie stern
lykke li
hercules and the love affair
neko case
the mai shi
fleet foxes
and probably some other hip hop act

calling it now

Posted by lineup | March 6, 2009 1:08 PM

AMAZING lineup. walkmen and the national? oh. my. god.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:10 PM

isnt it like 30 bucks for the whole weekend or something?

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:13 PM


Posted by TWB | March 6, 2009 1:19 PM

I think I am going to Chicago for a weekend

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:33 PM

Next year the bands on Friday will be required to play exactly what Pitchfork tells them and when.
After each performance, the bands will give Pitchfork editors a manicure, a pedicure and a brief massage with a happy ending.
The bands will then serve all meals to the Pitchfork editors throughout the weekend, and escore them around in portable carriages.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:43 PM

I think if they had Fleet Foxes locked in they wouldn't be sitting on it... definitely might be a few of those , but you have to figure a lot of big names may play Lollapalooza a few weeks later in Chitown...

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:52 PM

Anyone going to Shamrock Fest??? --->

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:54 PM

Where is Pavement??????

Will they reunite at Matador 20th Anniversary show supposedly happening this summer or All Points West or ATP NY?

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:56 PM

don't forget crystal stilts

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:57 PM

fleet foxes played last year so they'll play lolla this year. think of the indie bands who played lolla last year and that's who pitchfork is probably targeting:

-yeasayer (who apparently pitchfork lost out in a bidding war to lolla last year)
-black lips
-saul williams
-okervill river

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 1:57 PM

it's all about the jesus lizard, mon frer ...

Posted by mark26 | March 6, 2009 2:56 PM

best friday lineup since Slint / Sonic Youth year

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 3:03 PM

SLINT/SONIC YOUTH???????????????
against the Jesus Lizard?
You are insane. Jesus Lizard hands down. I'm holding out for them headlining Saturday at ATPNY

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 3:06 PM

dude , I was just saying that this years line up on friday is the best they have had on that night since the year that Slint & Sonic Youth played the same night...


Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 3:14 PM

Sonic Youth > Jesus Lizard

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 5:29 PM

Pretty good initial lineup. Vivian Girls and Pains were obvious choices. It looks like it will be a solid lineup like every other year. I always feel this is the bet festival of the summer based on both the lineup and the fact it usually costs half of what the other major festivals do.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2009 11:59 AM

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