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Review Sat Jul 18 2009

Pitchfork Gets Underway as Fans "Write the Night"

Friday night, the throwback day of Pitchfork Music Festival is always filled with bands that I am familiar with, but not intimately. I go in never knowing quite what to expect, but always come away a new fan of a classic indie group. Last night that band was Built to Spill. They were the highlight of the night, closing out the evening. Doug Martsch and crew and the crowd were equally rocking the park. I don't know if it was because it was a crowd-chosen setlist, or as my friend said, they're just really good.

The Jesus Lizard
was over the top as expected, and I literally mean lead singer David Yow went over the top of many fan's heads surfing into the crowd--right at the beginning of their set--and again several more times. There was aggressive rock, screaming vocals and general mayhem.

I arrived a little late and only heard a portion of Tortoise's set, but the local group sounded as tight as ever playing all older favorites as part of "Write the Night" but nothing from their new album, Beacons of Ancestorship. Yo La Tengo hit a groove and played the calming soundtrack for getting acclimated with the park and settling in.

Stay tuned for updates of Saturday and Sunday!

 

Andy Keil / July 18, 2009 6:28 PM

Did GB not have an accredited photographer for the festival?

James / July 19, 2009 1:06 AM

Andy, we do. The photos will be uploaded all at once at the end of the weekend.

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