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Pitchfork Fest day 3 pics (Lauryn Hill, Chaka Kahn, Japandroids, Alex G, more)

…[Lauryn Hill‘s] towering achievement, the 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” brought a huge crowd to Union Park for the weekend’s final set. And though Hill showed up on stage 23 minutes late, she immediately got down to the business of reprising the album’s songs with a palpable sense of purpose and intensity. Her big band, flavored with horns and backing singers, fired off her energy, and Hill — who wrote and produced the album — was clearly in charge, at time extending passages or exchanges with her musicians as the mood suited her. “Forgive Them Father” received a particularly charged reading, with the backing singers vamping on the “They don’t know” line with such fervor that it became in many ways a centerpiece of the set. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]

The 2018 Pitchfork Festival is a wrap, having concluded on Sunday (7/22) after beginning on Friday (pics) and continuing on Saturday (pics). As quoted above, Sunday’s headliner was the legendary Lauryn Hill, who has been on her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th anniversary tour this year. Before that, the final day of Pitchfork Fest had another soulful legend, Chaka Khan (who Greg Kot’s review was less kind to), as well as Japandroids, (Sandy) Alex G, DRAM, Alex Cameron, Noname, Smino, Japanese Breakfast, Ravyn Lenae, Kelly Lee Owens, Irreversible Entanglements, and Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. Pictures are in the galleries above and below, and videos of Lauryn Hill and Chaka Khan are below.

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