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Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards)
Pitchfork, who just posted their top albums of 2012, have announced that their music festival will return to Chicago for its eighth year in 2013 from July 19 - 21 in Union Park. 3-Day passes go on a holiday sale starting at $95 today (12/21) at noon CST (1 PM EST). Once sold out, 3-day passes will be $120. Single day tickets (same ticket link) are $50.
Watch Pitchfork Paris below....
Vampire Weekend/Ty Segall/Araabmuzik crowd - Pitchfork Fest 2012
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.
Vampire Weekend uber-fans
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.
photos by Chase Turner
Flying Lotus at Pitchfork Festival - 7/1412
You may remember that during Flying Lotus' set at Brazil's Sonar Festival, he revealed that his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, will be out in "October or some shit," as seen in a YouTube video that has since been removed. That release date has since been finalized, and we now know that it will come out October 2 via Warp. Like 2010's Cosmogramma, the album will feature a guest spot from Thom Yorke, and others TBA. Additionally, we recently mentioned on BV Chicago that Warp recently reissued FlyLo's catalog on vinyl and it's also all currently streaming.
He'll be supporting that album with what is presumably going to be a tour. Nothing's been announced in full yet, but we do know that he'll be in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on October 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon.
Flying Lotus was just in Chicago for Pitchfork Festival on Saturday (7/14), which we posted pics of HERE and HERE. While he was there, he also stopped by the Brainfeeder showcase, though just after midnight he tweeted, "Cops shut the party down. Sorry. Maybe see u at the adult swim party tomorrow." The Adult Swim party he was referring to was the Eric Andre Show, which is touring with different musical guests at each stop. Flying Lotus played the one in Chicago on Sunday (7/15) and the tour comes to NYC on Thursday (7/19) at Santos with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Saturday (7/21) at Public Assembly with Wiki.
All currently known dates are listed below along with more pics from Pitchfork Festival.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by James Richards IV
Purity Ring at Pitchfork Festival - 7/13/12
Possibly the most anticipated debut album of 2012 is Purity Ring's Shrines, which is due out July 24 via 4AD. You've already heard like half of the album already, and possibly even the whole thing if you grabbed one of the leaks (but you guys don't do that, right?). Or maybe you heard them playing material off of it at their recent NYC show at Prospect Park with Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak or if you were in Chicago over the weekend for Pitchfork Festival where they headlined the Blue Stage on Friday (7/13). Now you can finally hear the album in full (a week ahead of its release) by streaming it on NPR. Spoiler alert: it's really good.
If you've missed our coverage of Pitchfork Festival so far, we've got sets of day 1 pics HERE and HERE and day 2 pics HERE and HERE. More pictures of Purity Ring's set, which included Megan James' elevated bass drum and Corin Roddick's light-up synths, are in this post.
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.
More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...
shittychandelier with a pitchfork
If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Pitchfork Music Festival begins today (7/13) in Chicago at 3 PM CST and continues through Sunday (7/15), with doors opening at noon the next two days. If you can't make it down to Chicago for the fest, you can stream the whole thing live from the Pitchfork TV YouTube page.
Levon Helm (more by Chris La Putt)
Sadly, tonight's Levon Helm show at Wellmont Theater in NJ (4/6), which was a make-up show to begin with, has been cancelled (postponed again) due to back injury (much like his March 30th Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show was too). Stay tuned for more info. UPDATE: This statement has been posted:
Unfortunately, tonight's Levon Helm show at The Wellmont Theater has been postponed. Levon has had a slipped disk in his back this past few weeks as you may have heard, and despite daily therapy, it hasn't healed enough for him to move freely enough to travel or sit at the drums for any length of time. Levon would like to assure everyone that his health otherwise has been excellent as of late. Levon and the band have had a strong run of touring this past month and were very much looking forward tonight's show in Montclair with Deer Tick. Levon and the band are eager to get back on the road and hope to see all the fans soon. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.Feel better Levon.
Deer Tick was supposed to be opening that show, but now won't be playing another show until their tour starts in MA on 4/19. All is not lost for Jersey though, tickets are still on sale for the show Deer Tick play at the Stone Pony on 4/20 with Turbo Fruits (who join Deer Tick on the road for over a month).
That Deer Tick/Turbo Fruits tour goes from NJ to Washington where Deer Tick are on the lineup of the 2012 Sasquatch Festival which is now officially SOLD OUT.
Speaking of festivals, Pitchfork Fest just added a bunch of bands to the lineup, and organized them by day.
Check out some videos of Levon and Bruce playing together at the Stone Pony in the 80s, below...
Rapper Schoolboy Q is playing SOB's in NYC on 4/11, right before he kicks off a tour with fellow Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. That tour doesn't currently include any NYC dates, but it does hit New Haven, CT on 5/2. and Chicago where Q will return in July for Pitchfork Fest. All Schoolboy Q dates are listed below...
DJ Shadow @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Wednesday night (3/28) he'll be in NYC at Irving Plaza with Nerve. Tickets are still available.
Last DJ Shadow played Pitchfork Fest. Pitchfork Fest just added more artists to their 2012 lineup (like The Atlas Moth, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Iceage, The Men, Olivia Tremor Control, Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, and Sleigh Bells).
All Shadow tour dates and his video for Scale It Back ft. Little Dragon below...
The press release say:
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15! Seven years in, this independently run three-day event has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced and rewarding weekends of music around.The full Chicago festival lineup so far, including Willis Earl Beal who we recently hosted in the same city (where Willis happens to also live), is listed below...
A tremendously focused and thoughtfully curated event, the Pitchfork Music Festival has historically introduced emerging bands while also honoring a great number of already beloved and internationally renowned acts. This year continues with that high standard and welcomes Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal! But this is only the beginning! There are more than 30 acts to still be announced.
Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Pitchfork Music Festival will not be raising ticket prices in 2012! Our goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus, and do so in a way that is sustainable and exciting. So why raise ticket prices if you don't need to, right? Tickets for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 9 at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and a limited number of three-day passes for $110! Based on years past, three-day passes will sell out very quickly. Tickets will be available on the festival website.
In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities for its 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries to easily enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
Pitchfork, The Bowery Presents, and Killscreen are postponing FORMS, the NYC-based event series we collectively created as a way to celebrate the best of music, art, games, and the intersections in between. As the series took shape these past few months, we found it growing bigger and more complex in very exciting ways. We followed those threads, expanded the vision, and simply ran out of time. Pitchfork, Bowery Presents, and Killscreen have a history of throwing spectacular events and producing great content, and we have decided to give ourselves more time to ensure that FORMS is the best it can be. For now, we plan to take a brief pause and provide more information later.FORMS was supposed to go down in multiple NYC venues this February.
Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The online music magazine that runs the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago -- the influential outdoor showcase for indie bands -- has plans to start a new festival in New York City next February, teaming up with the one of city's largest music promoters, The Bowery Presents.
The new festival in New York will be called "Pitchfork Presents: Forms" and will include works by visual artists and game designers at galleries, museums and unconventional performance spaces around the city, along with four days of performances at clubs run by Bowery Presents, organizers said.
Christopher Kaskie, the president of Pitchfork, said his company had been seeking a way to do a festival in New York for several years, but did not think a large, outdoor event at a park, like the Chicago festival, would be successful in a city with such a crowded social calendar and so little public space.
"We never thought that kind of a model would really work that well in New York," he said. "We've been strategizing for a number of years on how we could come up and do a festival that was impactful and unique."
The decision was reached earlier this year to do most of the events inside at established clubs and to incorporate more visual artists and independent video-game designers into the mix, creating some multimedia events. "It's going to be more of an urban festival," he said.
John Moore, a partner in The Bowery Presents, said the lineup of bands for the concert had not been determined, but he expects to book between 50 and 75 acts, all in the indie vein. Passes to the entire festival will be available, but people may also buy a ticket to a single night of performances one of the promoter's clubs - The Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge and Terminal 5. The prices for tickets have yet to be announced. Those tickets will be in the $15 to $30 range. Some of the multimedia events at galleries, museums and unconventional spaces during the day will be free, he said. [NY Times]
The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.
Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:
28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00Tickets are on sale.
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE
29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS
Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...
Pitchfork Fest Day Three (Sunday, 7/17/11) was the day to go if you were looking to dance. The last day of the fest was pretty heavy on the electronic music with Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, HEALTH, Baths, Darkstar, and for something way chiller, How to Dress Well. The third day provided lo-fi masters Kurt Vile, Ariel Pink, and Deerhunter, and complete opposite ends of the hip hop spectrum with the abrasive and utterly offensive Odd Future and the this-must-be-from-another-planet rap of Shabazz Palaces. Day three was also the one chance to see a metal band (Kylesa).
Sunday was headlined by TV on the Radio. TVOTR, like Fleet Foxes who headlined the day before, have a wildly impressive double bill at Williamsburg Waterfront in September. Theirs is with Broken Social Scene on September 8. Tickets are still available.
Twin Sister played Sunday, and you can catch them for free in McCarren Park this Wednesday night (7/27).
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
No Age, who in 2009 backed Bob Mould to play Husker Du songs at ATP, covered Black Flag's "Six Pack" and The Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. Original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, who was there with his band OFF!, didn't join No Age on the covers like he did when Superchunk covered Black Flag and The Misfits at House of Vans. However, last night at Levitt Pavilion in LA, No Age and Ceremony played a FYF-presented free show with special guest No Flag, aka No Age, Keith Morris, and fellow founding Black Flag member Chuck Dukowski! Picture taken by Lance Bangs above. Video of No Flag playing "Wasted" and videos of No Age at Pitchfork Fest below...
GGD photos by Josh Darr
Gang Gang Dance @ Pitchfork Fest
"Saturday's centerpiece was unquestionably Gang Gang Dance -- who only played a handful of songs but used their short set to tease them out, rearranging heavy new grooves like "Mindkilla" and "Chinese High," "into expansive astral-dub dance tracks. Owning the spotlight, lead singer Lizzie Bougatsos wailed on various percussion elements, letting her witchy but soothing vocals blanket the field -- while the band's "vibe coordinator" danced behind her, burning sage and waving a makeshift flag constructed from a trashbag.Like G-Side, Gang Gang Dance played day two (7/16) of the 2011 Pitchfork Festival and if Passion of the Weiss (quoted above) is to be believed, they appeared to be the highlight of the day by far. Fortunately for New Yorkers, in addition the band living here, Gang Gang Dance will appear in the city a few times soon.
Calling Gang Gang transcendent undersells them. Unlike any other set of the weekend, people wandered in curious, and reacted with absolute jubilation. During the 11-minute jam "Glass Jar," most of the crowd seemed to be a trance, despite the heat being particularly searing." [Passion of the Weiss]
GGD headlines a Rocks Off Concert Cruise tonight (7/21). Bubbles opens the very sold out show. Gang Gang Dance will then DJ at Warm Up on Saturday with Lunice, and play for free at the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport on July 30 (which just added Claude Von Stroke to the lineup).
Bubbles, who open the Rocks Off show tonight, play the free Summer Thunders show at Union Pool on Saturday (7/23) with Warm Ghost, Mountains, and Little Italy. Doors at 4pm. Updated flyer below.
Nguzunguzu, who had been touring with Gang Gang Dance up until tonight's show, have their own NYC show tonight (7/21) at Santos Party House with Death Grips. It also turns out this show is the official Gang Gang Dance after party (tickets).
GGD pictures and dates below....
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
G-Side @ Pitchfork Fest
"...The Alabama hip-hop duo bobs and weaves across the stage. Live rap is often knocked as being lesser than rock & roll, but the MCs at Pitchfork have always been a highlight. Even when they suck up to the crowd, as G-Side does, with a call and response of "Ain't no party like a Pitchfork party, cuz a Pitchfork party don't stop." I've been to those parties. People go off in corners and debate Animal Collective too much at the Pitchfork parties.G-Side played day two (7/16) of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, as described in that review. Pictures are also in this post.
But G-Side provokes an array of synchronized arm activity in the audience--fist raising, finger pointing, palm pumping. I don't see Woods doing that. Even if they're a touch awkward coming from a horde of white kids, the chants of "We get money!" and "Lean to tha left!" raise the energy to at least four levels above chillwave.
ST 2 Lettaz, in a black muscle shirt, jumps off stage and leans into the crowd. He flows a little more poetically than his gruffer partner, Yung Clova. Lettaz begins one song a cappella, breathtakingly, and it connects better than anything else in the set, divorced of the towel-waving and slogan shouting. Overall, the tracks mix of early Outkast and early T.I. Definitely Southern, with slow-roll soul samples and tumbling synthetic snares. "I've got a jones in my bones for the street," goes one refrain. It's kinda cheesy, kinda dated, but charming in a throwback way I haven't really heard since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. An underused female backup singer, with shaved temples and a feather earthing, pumps up the emotional level, belting a bit operatically at the smokedout opening, and slipping into Kayne's "Power" refrain later. If it wasn't for that inevitable "swag" blurting, and the Yeezy reference, this could be 1997, Piedmont Park, Atlanta. And I'm nostalgic." [Time Out Chicago]
G-Side are now on a short tour and play NYC at Tammany Hall this weekend (7/23). The Tammany Hall show is either free or $3 before 11pm (depending on where you look) and $6 after. White Ring are one of the many DJs also on the bill (G-Side is the only live act of the night). Flyer below. G-side also play "Mad Decent Mondays" in Philly (on Monday).
ST 2 Lettaz of G-Side recently contributed vocals to Montreal producer Lunice's track "Get Her High." Listen to that, with the flyer, all dates, and more pics from P4KFest, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
We already talked about Odd Future's set and cupcakes and controversy at the Pitchfork Festival. Here are some pics...
"I Hope The Crowd Is Fun Today, Cus When The Crowd Is Like, Just Standing There Like It's Some RnB Show, We Stop Caring. ENERGY NIGGUH WHAT" - Tyler
"But, It'll Mostly Be Older White Dudes With Glasses Figuring Out How Their 'Review' Is Gonna Turn Out. So Annoying. Fuck It" - Tyler
"Thanks So Much @pitchforkmedia . That Shit Was Fun And Hot As Fuck NIGGUH WHATS GOOD? But Really, You Elitist Assholes Are Awesome, Thanks." - Tyler
"Went And Gave The People Who Don't Like Us Some Cupcakes." - Tyler
cupcake photo by Tyler
Odd Future played Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday. As anticipated, groups were set up to educate people about the group and their offensive lyrical content. Odd Future in turn brought the "people who don't like them" cupcakes (pictured above). Thomas Conner of Chicago Sun Times writes...
Less than an hour before taking the stage in Chicago's Union Park, members of the group delivered boxes of cupcakes to the anti-violence organizations on site -- the same organizations manning booths and handing out paper fans containing domestic violence resource information specifically to counter what they saw as dangerous expressions of hate, violence and homophobia in Odd Future's music.Ouch.
"They took some of the fans, too," said Amanda Wapiennik with Family Shelter Service. "One of them said, 'See, we're nice.' I said, 'We never said you weren't.' ... That's exactly the kind of dialogue and exchange we're looking for."
It was nice while it lasted.
Odd Future's set, at the height of Sunday's swelter, was rife with the usual foul language and appalling exhortations to violence and misogyny -- lots of "smack you, bitch," "f--- the police," "f---in' 'ho," happy tales of "punches to the stomach" and advice to "shoot that f---in' nigga, aim for the head," and I lost count of the number of times someone shouted "f---in' bitch!" -- even while they gave lip service to opposing voices. Group leader and breakout solo star Tyler the Creator, his left leg in a cast for a broken foot, said, "A big shoutout to the domestic violence groups out here." This came as the echo of the latest "f---in' bitch!" died away and right before the next song, "I Got a Gun (You Better Run)."
Shock tactics simply are in the young group's DNA, and the 15-song set was thick with the confrontation that's caused such a fuss all year around their mostly free online recordings and raucous live shows. Problem is, the shock and awe is all they brought. Odd Future knows how to engage a crowd with nasty talk, stage diving (even Tyler, in his cast) and the mystical bond between crowd and performer created by the middle finger, but musically the 45-minute set was a very average hip-hop show. (Big Boi, on this same stage and nearly same slot last year, brought so much more.)...
Our pictures from Saturday and Sunday at Pitchfork are on the way (Friday here). A tour announcement from Odd Future is also on the way, though we already know it includes Fun Fun Fun Fest. Syd The Kid will also be in NYC this Saturday.
Videos from Pitchfork and interview clips regarding the controversy below...
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...