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Slowdive / Deafheaven / Perfect Pussy
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. - [Arielle Gordon]

Pitchfork Fest 2014 closed things out this past Sunday (7/20) with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. We already posted some words and pictures about day 3 over at BrooklynVegan, but here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Also on BrooklynVegan // BV Chicago are pics and reviews from the other two days. Day two are HERE and HERE, and day one are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pics below...

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Deafheaven @ Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 is just a month away (July 18-20), and a bunch of fest aftershows have now been announced. There are a few slated to take place around the corner from Union Park at Bottom Lounge, and others at Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Here are your late-night show options...

July 18
Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy @ Bottom Lounge
FKA Twigs @ Bottom Lounge (Upstairs)
Wild Beasts, Mutual Benefit @ Lincoln Hall
Cloud Nothings, The Wytches @ Schubas

July 19
Dum Dum Girls, Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz @ Bottom Lounge
Real Estate, Peter Matthew Bauer @ Lincoln Hall
DIIV, Lodro, Regal Degal @ the Empty Bottle

July 20
Majical Cloudz, Hundred Waters @ Lincoln Hall

Tickets for ALL Pitchfork Festival aftershows (linked above) go on sale this Friday (6/20) at noon CST.

North Coast Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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The 2014 North Coast Music Festival is slated to take place from August 29 - 31 in Chicago's Union Park. The EDM-leaning fest's initial lineup also features some great non-dubstep-y acts like Snoop Dogg, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Action Bronson, Bad Bad Not Good, ProbCause and more. It's the fest's 5th anniversary, and three-day passes ($150 +fees) are on sale now. Check out the complete initial lineup below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 18-20 in Chicago's Union Park. The fests initial lineup included Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, tUnE-yArDs, Sharon Van Etten, Grimes, Slowdive, and more, and St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Schoolboy Q, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, Twin Peaks, and others have now been added to the festival.

UPDATE: just a month after this lineup was posted, DJ Rashad tragically passed away. Rest in Peace Rashad.

Festival Passes and single-day tickets are still available, and we've also got a few pairs of three-day passes to give away!

The full festival lineups-by-day and contest details can be found below...

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Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 18-20 in Chicago's Union Park. They've now revealed the festival's initial lineup, which includes Neutral Milk Hotel (who just played the Riv), Tune-Yards, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, the reunited Slowdive, Beck, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, The Julie Ruin, and more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are still available.

Check out the Pitchfork Fest 2014 initial lineups-by-day below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 18-20 in Chicago's Union Park. Early bird tickets and three-day passes ($60; $110) are on sale now.

Stay tuned for more information.

photos by James Richards IV

Gary Clark Jr. // Wu-Tang Clan // crowd
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013

North Coast Music Festival 2013 finished off on Sunday, September 1 with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Clark Jr., Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and many more. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, and shots from Day 3 are in this post. More below...

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photos by James Richards IV

El Ten Eleven // crowd
North Coast Music Festival - Day 2 - 8/31/2013
North Coast Music Festival - Day 2 - 8/31/2013

North Coast Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (8/31) with sets from On An On, Flatbush Zombies, El Ten Eleven, and many more acts. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 of NCMF 2013 and a selection of shots from Day 2 are in this post. More below...

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AlunaGeorge // crowd at NCMF 2013 on 8.30
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North Coast Music Festival 2013 took place this past weekend in Chicago's Union Park. The EDM and hip hop-heavy lineup featured Just Blaze, Mac Miller, RL Grime, AlunaGeorge, and many more on Friday, August 30. The festival was temporarily evacuated around 5:30PM due to a fast-approaching storm. After the weather passed, gates were reopened at 7:30PM and set times were shifted around in order to accommodate for the two-hour delay. Unfortunately, the storm wrecked all of headliners Passion Pit's gear, so the group closed out the night with a DJ set instead. We've got pictures from Day 1 of NCMF 2013 in this post. More below...

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North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As is the case with most musical festivals, North Coast 2013 has brought out some interesting individuals to Union Park. One gentleman in particular went a bit too hard on Saturday night (8/31)...

Chicago police Tasered a naked man who jumped atop a Mercedes Benz and planted his buttocks through its windshield outside the North Coast Music Festival on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old from Massachusetts was intoxicated or high on a hallucinogenic drug at the time, police said.

Two people called 911 from Ogden Avenue near Randolph Street about 8:10 p.m. - one to report a naked man who broke a windshield, and the other to report a naked man jumping on top of cars. [Chicago Tribune]

Speaking of hallucinogenic drugs, the final day of NYC's Electric Zoo Festival has been canceled after two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA.

NCMF 2013 continues today (Sunday, 9/1) with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and more.

North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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The North Coast Music Festival, which takes place from August 30 - September 1 this year in Chicago's Union Park, has grown a lot since its inaugural event in 2010. NCMF 2013 features Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, AlunaGeorge, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and many more acts. Three-day VIP passes and single-day tickets are still available.

If you can't make it to the fest, North Coast have partnered with EVNTLIVE for a webcast. You've got to signup for the free service to be able to stream the festival. The schedule includes Passion Pit, El Ten Eleven, Flatbush Zombies, The Coop, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Check out the whole shebang at the bottom of this post.

If you are headed to the fest, grab the free official festival mobile app (iPhone only). There's also a detailed festival map.

Check out the NCMF 2013 webcast schedule and festival map below...

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North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, the 2013 North Coast Music Festival goes down this coming weekend (Friday, 8/30 - Sunday, 9/1) in Chicago's Union Park. Its lineup features Wu-Tang Clan (performing 36 Chambers in its entirety!), Passion Pit, AlunaGeorge, Nas, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, On An On, and many more. You can check out the lineups-by-day // set times HERE.

VIP festival passes and single-day tickets are still available. General admission three-day passes are long sold-out, but we've got a couple of pairs to give away! Details on how to enter to win can be found below...

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North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, North Coast Music Festival 2013 is slated to take place in Union Park from August 30 - September 1. The fest, featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, AlunaGeorge, Nas, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, On An On, and more, have now revealed set times for the three days of madness. They've got five-stages -- Coast Stage, North Stage, Last Stand Stage, Dos Equis Stage, and The Tent Stage -- and you can check out who will be performing on which at the bottom of this post.

Three-day passes are now sold out, but three-day VIP and single-day tickets are still available.

The NCMF 2013 set times are below...

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On An On @ Lincoln Hall for TNK 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)
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As discussed, the 2013 North Coast Music Festival is set to take place from August 30 - September 1 in Chicago's Union Park (where the Pitchfork Music Fest just wrapped up). Their lineup includes Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in full, Purity Ring, AlunaGeorge, Nas, On An On, Danny Brown, and many more acts. You can check out the daily lineups at the bottom of this post. Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

NCMF 2013 have also announced a slew of festival aftershows, at venues throughout the city. We already told you about AlunaGeorge's August 30 show at the brand new Concord Music Hall, but here are many more late-night events you might want to check out:

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
NCMF Pre-Party with Vicetone @ the Mid

Friday, August 30th, 2013
Laidback Luke w/ Clockwork, French Fries @ the Mid
AlunaGeorge (Live) w/ Passion Pit DJs, Capital Cities DJ Set @ Concord Music Hall
Paper Diamond w/ more TBA @ House of Blues
Ghosthouse (Live) w/ Porn And Chicken @ Cobra Lounge
Just Blaze w/ DJ Intel & more TBA @ Bottom Lounge
On An On w/ Supreme Cuts, The Drum @ Lincoln Hall

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Afrojack w/ Dean Cohen @ the Mid
The Disco Biscuits @ Concord Music Hall
Rebelution w/ Ojo de Buey @ House of Blues
Skream w/ Thibault @ Bottom Lounge
Bondax w/ Redux DJs, Equator Club @ Cobra Lounge
Cherub (Live) & Poolside (DJ Set) @ City Winery

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
A-Trak @ the Mid
Datsik w/ Terravita, Protohype, Must Die! @ House of Blues
Lotus & Future Rock - Concord Music Hall
Dirty Dozen Brass Band w/ Van Ghost @ Bottom Lounge
El Ten Eleven & Orchard Lounge @ Lincoln Hall
Cajmere w/ Special Guests @ Transit
TBA @ Cobra Lounge

Tickets for all aftershows (linked up above) are on sale now.

Daily lineups for NCMF 2013 can be found below...

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R. Kelly / Sky Ferreira
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

You've already seen pictures and reviews from Day 1 (Part 1), Day 1 (Part 2), Day 2 (Part 1), Day 2 (Part 2), Day 3 (Part 1), and here's Part Two of our Day 3 Pitchfork Music Festival coverage. It includes R Kelly, M.I.A., Lil B, Sky Ferreira, and more.

Our Part Two pictures from Day 3 of Pitchfork Festival 2013 continue below...

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photos by Cory Dewald & James Richards
words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

EL-P / Foxygen's "climbin'" Sam France
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

Pitchfork Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday afternoon (7/21) in Union Park. The final day of the three-day fest was mostly about hip-hop and R&B -- R. Kelly, TNGHT, MIA, Lil B, EL-P, Killer Mike, and more. That said, there were also some rock offerings, and you can check out our thoughts and of course pictures below. Pictures and reviews from Day 1 (Part 1), Day 1 (Part 2), Day 2 (Part 1), and Day 2 (Part 2) are all up.

This year's festival was a break through gig for Chicago native Tree. Accompanied by three backup singers, a DJ, an additional MC, and a live drummer, Tree was quick to make a good first impression on the early Sunday crowd. Tracks off of his recent mixtape got die-hard fans rapping along while others joined in by collectively "putting their hands up" and moving to the drum beat. The female backup vocalist provided some beautiful soulful melodies alongside the brutally honest raps, and the drummer kept perfect time throughout the set. Near the end, the backing MC picked up a stack of thin sleeved CDs of Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out and flung them into the crowd. People devoured them. It didn't look like a single disc had managed to hit the ground. -MM

Foxygen frontman Sam France burst onto the stage like an ADHD kid that had taken a break from his Ritalin and proceeded to flail about a la young Mick Jagger. Behind him, the band played while he sang and later fake half-collapsed in front of his keyboard. Growing bored with the instrument he then ran and climbed the stage's rig ladder but quickly changed his mind half way and dropped back down. In between songs he thanked Red Bull, the festival's ATM machines(?), and Batman for being at the show. Alongside the theatrics, the band played their popular 60s psychedelic rock-influenced songs to a huge crowd, probably the biggest I had seen in that early afternoon time slot all weekend. -MM

I arrived at Union Park slightly late on Sunday afternoon, and that unfortunately meant missing Tree. By the time I got there, Autre Ne Veut were a few songs into their set on the Blue Stage. Awesomely, I walked over just in time to catch "Counting," one of the best pop/R&B tracks of the year so far. Arthur Ashin's strong falsetto was 110% on-point, and the band sounded great too. -ZP

After a bit of Autre Ne Veut's pop goodness, I headed over to the Green Stage to catch Killer Mike. R.A.P. Music was one of the strongest hip-hop releases of 2012, and Mike has moved forward in leaps and bounds since his early days. He kicked things off with the LP's opening track, "Big Beast." The line "Pow mother fucker, pow" is especially poignant at 2PM on a Sunday afternoon. Mike really did go off though, and followed that song up with the great "Untitled." He also spoke about violence in Chicago, and the little things we can all be doing to help counteract that, such as getting to know your neighbors. He did as much talking as songs he played, and normally that might be annoying, but Mike's got something profound to say about many things. -ZP

There were other sets between Killer Mike and EL-P, but I decided it would be slightly sacrilege to go from Mike to anything else but Jamie. EL had a fairly large crowd, and ripped through a few songs from Cancer 4 Cure. After maybe four of five numbers he goes, "Listen, would it be cool if I started over again? I'm gonna go get my big friend and we'll pretend this never happened." Killer Mike came out and the energy throughout the crowd turned electric almost instantly. The Run the Jewels portion of EL's set was by far the most high-energy performance I had seen all weekend. -ZP

One of the last sets of the day I was interested in catching that didn't involve any irony/nostalgia (looking at you, R. Kelly), was Waxahatchee at 3:45PM. Aside from a barely-countable few songs at SXSW, the only time I had seen Katie Crutchfield and co. was at Permanent Records back in March. It was cool to see her on such a big stage, with an overflowing crowd who knew all the words, just like I do. Crutchfield performed material from this year's fantastic Cerulean Salt, as well as a few cuts from 2012's American Weekend. As great as Cerulean Salt is, Crutchfield's tunes are much more punk live and it's definitely something worth seeing. -ZP

Yo La Tengo's mood seemed to have been affected by the rain clouds that formed during their set. After they completed their first song, it began to gently rain and from there on out the band proceeded to play some of their most mellow songs. The rain didn't seem to affect festival goers the slightest, especially the sun burned ones. A few songs into their set the band made a light jab at R Kelly, "We just want to take the opportunity to say it's really great to be opening for R Kelly. We toured Europe together in 1996, so it's good to catch up again." Later after the set was over, I bumped into a slightly inebriated older fan of the band that had been disappointed with the set. "You're supposed to rock out at a festival, not mellow out!" Fact of the matter is, Yo La Tengo tailored the set for their longtime fans, and they didn't seem to care about much else. That's pretty cool in my book. -MM

More pictures from day 3 are below, and more are coming soon...

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Low / Belle & Sebastian
Pitchfork Festival - Day 2 - 7/20/2013
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We just posted pictures and a review of day 2 (7/20) of Pitchfork Music Festival 2013. Here's more pictures of that day, including shots of Belle & Sebastian, Low, Rustie, Solange, and Andy Stott.

More below...

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words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

Phosphorescent / The Breeders / fans
Pitchfork Festival - Day 2 - 7/20/2013
Pitchfork Festival Day 2 - 7/20/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 2 - 7/20/2013

On Saturday afternoon (7/20), it was back to Union Park for day two of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival. As we discussed in our festival previews, yesterday was absolutely stacked as far as heavier offerings go. In sharp programming though, Julia Holter, Phosphorescent, Low, and Belle and Sebastian were all great inclusions on the lineup. Check out our pictures and reviews from day 1 of the festival, and continue reading on for a recap of day two.

The rain that cut Bjork's show short last night had a positive effect today in that it brought on much cooler temperatures for festival goers. Canadian punk favorites White Lung kicked things off on the Green Stage at 1:00PM and played a ferocious set that sparked a mini-mosh pit. Frontwoman Mish Way sneered and yowled into her mic while festival volunteers scrambled to keep the crowd cool by spraying water bottles on them. (A great thing if you're anticipating it, but quite strange if you hadn't been paying attention.) Near the end of their set, Way introduced a new song called "Blow it South," the band's ode to Florida. Before finishing things off the sassy punk rocker made an apology to the on-deck band in the form of "sorry who has to play next, I think I ruined the mic with lipstick." She didn't sound that sorry though. -MM

Unfortunately, Winnipeg's pummeling KEN mode were scheduled to play directly against White Lung on the Blue Stage. Luckily (and unsurprisingly), there wasn't a damn unfortunate aspect to their set. A small early crowd gathered to hear intense frontman Jesse Matthewson yell "NO- I'M IN CONTROL" at them. The three-piece, who sound much larger than that, exhibit such precision during their live shows. The really awesome thing is that unlike many precise outfits, KEN find a way to achieve that without coming off as robotic. -ZP

Sub Pop act Pissed Jeans played the very first set on the Red Stage a few minutes after White Lung wrapped up their performance. The band's guitarist spoke to the crowd first and joked that they would need at least another half an hour to get ready, but started their set three minutes later. Frontman Matt Korvette was probably the biggest character to set foot on any stage at today's festival. Bursting with energy, he grabbed the mic and laughingly said "Sorry if I'm a little excited but I just found out how much we're getting paid for this." After that he yelled "Get that Bjork money! / That Belle and Sebastian money!" and jockingly mentioned a few other big name musicians in a similar fashion. The band were intense, especially Korvette, who made his way across the stage like a rabid animal, knocking over his mic stand, and later shredding two t-shirts. Korvette screamed into his mic with such force that it appeared his vocal chords would snap at any moment. Near the end of their set, the band told the crowd that they had reached their career peak with today's performance and that it would be best to retire "and pursue other hobbies." At one point, I believe Korvette may have been channeling "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and ripped the stage clock off of the support structure. "Do you know what time it is?" he screamed, "It's 1PM, in case you didnt know." Though the sludge induced punk carnage may have left some people's ears ringing, the band's sense of humor and carefree attitude won even non-fans over. -MM

By the time Pissed Jeans were busy scrambling folks' brains over at the Red Stage, Los Angeles' Julia Holter was getting started at the Blue. Her output is enchanting and understated, but also hushed, which was maybe not the best choice to run against Korvette and co. Regardless, Holter seemed to make the best of the situation and played beautifully. She performed a bunch of songs from her forthcoming Loud City Song, as well as material from Ekstasis and Tragedy. After a bit of time in the shade spent with Ms. Holter, I headed back into the sun for Phosphorescent over at the Green Stage. -ZP

Phosphorescent really took me by surprise with the release of this year's Muchacho. I'd liked them prior to the album, but I've mostly just been thrilled that they were able to craft a new LP where every single song is great. Matthew Houck and co. were in top form yesterday afternoon too, providing a bit of solace from the heaviness of the day. Even though Houck sings of pain and anguish at times, the set was extremely feel-good and he seemed to be enjoying himself on stage as well. The biggest set highlight for me was the expertly-penned "Song for Zula." It's interesting in that it's more of an '80s take on what Phosphorescent have become so great at, but yeah, what a tune. -ZP

After Phosphorescent, I stuck around that side of the park waiting for ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to take the Red Stage at 3:20PM. Trail of Dead just don't fuck around, and their Pitchfork Fest performance didn't stray from that notion. It's no-frills rock in the same way that Queens of the Stone Age are incredibly badass, and the large crowd they drew really ate it up. ToD was a nice precursor to the block of Savages / Metz / Swans that would soon follow. -ZP

Tampa Bay natives Merchandise returned to Chicago to play at the festival's shaded Blue Stage around 3:45PM. The band have an additional member this time around, Elsner Nino, who has permanently replaced the band's old drum machine. The addition of a live drummer did wonders for the band's overall sound, adding a louder, more organic style to their already tight post-punk songs. The outfit played a few songs from their most recent Totale Night EP but the highlight of the show for this writer was "In a Nightmare Room" from Children of Desire, a song that made Merchandise a personal favorite of mine last year. -MM

Female post punkers Savages were probably the most hyped band announced to be playing at Pitchfork Fest this year, and they absolutely did not disappoint. Not only did the band deliver, they even got nods of approval from Swans' Michael Gira, who mentioned them during his set later in the day. The ladies performed a tighter-than-tight set -- each member's contributions stood out but they performed in such unison with no overshadowing. Frontwoman Jehnny Beth looked slightly possessed while she swayed her hands in rhythmic motions, cocking her head back and forth in synch with the drums. -MM

I left Savages a bit early in order to get a great spot for Swans at the nearby Red Stage. (I also went to see Savages at Sound Opinions Live on Thursday.) "What's your favorite band?" has always been a very tough question for me, but over the past year I've just realized I love and want to listen to Swans more than anyone else. I am not a psychopath... I promise. Michael Gira are co. began their set with "new" song // recent live staple "To Be Kind." At times, it's often hard to be able to tell exactly what tune Swans are performing, and there's also a plethora of unreleased material they play on the regular. "Oxygen" is one of those, which came a bit later in the set. Gira bellows, "I steal all the oxygen" as he spins a tale of his own death and ascent to heaven. Basically, it rules. "Oxygen" is also fairly funky/psychedelic, a somewhat new territory for the outfit. I'd be quite satisfied if that's the direction things are heading on their planned next album. They also ripped out the 32-minute "The Seer" from 2012's excellent LP of the same name. Swans performed four-songs yesterday, including "Toussaint Louverture Song," whereas many other festival acts were able to hammer out roughly ten. -ZP

Fresh from announcing her departure from The Pixies, Kim Deal played Pitchfork Fest with her reunited Breeders as the original 1993 lineup. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's sophomore album Last Splash, they performed the album in its entirety to a crowd of excited and nostalgic fans. There were some minor technical difficulties at the start of the show with Deal's vocals being barely audible over the speakers, but the problem was quickly nipped. Deal was in good spirits as well, constantly talking up the crowd with some behind the scenes stories that included sampling a mini Moog. Now if Deal would just join up with The Pixies at Riot Fest... but I'm not holding my breath. -MM

Next up after The Breeders were Low, over at the Blue (best) Stage. In our festival preview, I spoke about the Duluth trio as maybe not being the most obvious choice for a festival act but that it would work out nicely. Well, I'd even go so far as to say their set yesterday was fantastic. The setlist was perfect -- quite a few numbers from this year's excellent The Invisible Way, "Monkey" and "Pissing" from The Great Destroyer, and "Stay" off of Long Division -- and it felt like one of those performances that stitches together all in attendance with an emotional bond. It was one of the best sets I've seen so far this weekend. -ZP

Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. -MM

More pictures from day 2 below...

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This afternoon (Friday, June 19), Threadless are throwing a Pitchfork Festival pre-party at their headquarters, which is right by Union Park. It goes from noon - 5PM, and features a 2PM set from Braid. It's free but you've got to RSVP for entry.

Check out the full lineup below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by James Richards)
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As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

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Wu-Tang Clan @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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North Coast Music Festival 2013 is set to take place from August 30 - September 1 in Chicago's Union Park. Their initial lineup features Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in full, Nas, Purity Ring, AlunaGeorge, On An On, Flatbush Zombies, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and many more. Three-day passes (general admission & VIP) for the fest are on sale now. Stay tuned for the second wave of artists to be announced.

The current NCMF 2013 lineup is below...

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 is set to take place in Union Park from July 19-21. The festival's initial lineup featured R. Kelly, Björk, Belle & Sebastian, Joanna Newsom, the Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, Rustie, El-P, Chairlift, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.

The remainder of the lineup has just been revealed, and includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.

Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

Check out the full lineup-by-day below...

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, the 2013 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 19-21 in Chicago's Union Park. You already knew that R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian will be headlining the fest, and today, a bunch of other artists have been announced. Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree will all take the stage in Union Park that weekend.

Three-day passes and individual day tickets are still available.

Check out the current lineup-by-day below...

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom, The Breeders, Swans, Angel Olsen & more acts added to Pitchfork Music Festival 2013"

Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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As discussed, the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 19-21 in Chicago's Union Park. Today, it has been revealed that the festival headliners will be R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian. Three-day passes and individual day tickets are still available for the fest. The full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Though we've still got a few days left to go in 2012, Pitchfork have shared the dates for their 2013 music festival. It'll take place from July 19 - 21, as always, in Union Park. Three-day passes and tickets for each day go on sale TODAY (Friday, December 21) at noon CST. Three-day passes will be available for the discounted price of $95 and then will jump to $120 when that limited lot sells out. Individual day tickets are $50. The lineup will be announced in mid-January.

Stay tuned for more.

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