Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival

Tighten up the pedal straps on that fixed gear, wash that romper and don’t forget the Rayban sunglasses. It’s that time of year, Pitchfork Music Festival time. With over 40 bands performing in the span of three days, this annual Chicago festival is set to take place in Union Park the weekend of July 15-17th.  Rain or shine this festival wont disappoint. This years line-up includes heavy hitters, Cut/Copy, Neko Case, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, and Fleet Foxes.

The three stage set up this year is color coordinated, blue, red and green. Afraid you’re going to miss your favorite artist? Don’t worry. The friendly confines of Union Park are small enough the hit up Guided By Voices at the green stage for half a set and head over to the blue stage to catch Brooklyn-based, Das Racist. It’s been a big year for Das Racist since they released for free their debut, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man taking the internet and world by storm in 2010. If you follow these talented men, you will remember back in December when they tweeted “RELAX-2011….”. Hang on to your combination KFC/Taco Bell dinner, these guy have got something amazing in store for you. They perform Friday night, July 15th at the blue stage at 6:30.

Other acts to catch this weekend include tUnE-YarDs, Curren$y, and James Blake on Friday night. Saturday is a bit tough to decide on which best artists you just can’t miss. But if you have been a good concert attendee this past year, you’ve probably already seen breakout acts, Twin Shadow, Wild Nothing, and Zola Jesus. I suggest catching  New York band, Woods whose music is constructed so beautifully, you will forget you are amidst hundred of sweaty festival patrons. The Radio Dept. with their first full length album since 2006, Clinging To A Scheme made 2010 dreamy and nostalgic. What do you get when you take Keith Morris from Black Flag, Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless) you get a combination of perfect punk, hardcore and rock. Also known as the band, OFF! with over three decades of performing you can be sure that the dark party will rise Saturday at the blue stage at 4:45PM.

Sunday is another, “I hope you saw a lot of shows this year” day. One act you wont want to miss are the curious boys of OFWGKTA. If you’re looking for something more laid back and experimental/electronic check out How To Dress Well. This one man band known as Tom Krell will provide the perfect music to lay in the grass and catch a breath of fresh air in the midst of everything.  Sunday night it’s all about TV On The Radio, that is my story and I’m sticking to it. For more details, purchase tickets and official info visit Pitchfork Music Festival.

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