Posted in music | pictures on July 17, 2012

words and photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG, more photos by James Richards IV and Chase Turner

Vampire Weekend/Ty Segall/Araabmuzik crowd - Pitchfork Fest 2012
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Thank god for the Chicago Transit Authority. Several "cooling stations" (city buses) that provided respite from the onslaught of heat and humidity at the third day of Pitchfork 2012 in Chicago's Union Park (7/15), a weather pattern which replaced the previous days' periodic downpours. The heat, combined with squirt guns & bikini tops, helped create the perfect setting for performances from the sunny tennis-sweater rock of Vampire Weekend and dream pop of the oh-so-aptly named Beach House.

Random thoughts on the day: Personal highlights for me included a stretch of bands that were unfortunately all clustered across the three stages in the afternoon: Milk Music, Iceage, The Men, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Chavez. From catching moments of Kendrick Lamar on the Blue Stage, it was proven to me that he's an excellent live performer, a sentiment clearly echoed by Lady Gaga (who looked on during his set). Onohtrix Point Never's material is compelling, but doesnt fit well on an outdoor festival stage. And it's confirmed, this reviewer still detests Vampire Weekend.

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Pictures from the third and final day of Pitchfork 2012 are below, including pictures of all bands mentioned above, as well as King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Araabmuzik, and The Field. If you didnt make it to Chicago, maybe you streamed it? If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, make sure to check out pictures from day one (one set HERE, another HERE) and day two (HERE and HERE) along with video from the festival to complete your desktop Pitchfork Festival experience. Hopefully from an ice cold room.

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Comments (15)

Vampire Weekend slayed

Posted by The Fartist | July 17, 2012 12:30 PM

You gotta love those Vampy Weeky uber-fans! They're so good at hula-hooping!

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 12:38 PM

^ completely sarcastic free question: vampire weekend is still a band, headlining shows?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 12:39 PM

LOL White People

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 1:08 PM

Hello, Milk? It's me, Toast. Wanna get together in Chicago?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 1:27 PM

At least this photo thread makes it look like some people were possibly having a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 1:36 PM

Everything wrong in the universe can be summed up by this
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/dirtybeaches/p4k/6.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 3:06 PM

1:36, they were acting. They were playing to the camera. No actual fun was being had.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 3:06 PM

even beach house looks bored by their own music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 7:05 PM

Generation "cell phone"(because that's all that defines you).


You've devalued music until it became....


....this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2012 10:35 PM

Vampire weekend fans ruined pitchfork. Don't bring your parents to pitchfork. Go to Lollapalooza.

Posted by Used to love pitchfork | July 22, 2012 9:58 AM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 5:56 PM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges

Posted by Clever | September 30, 2012 5:53 AM

Beautiful stuff.

Posted by jordon | July 26, 2013 5:24 PM

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