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Pitchfork Music Festival Wed Jul 17 2013

Our Favorite Acts at Pitchfork Music Fest 2013

pitchfork_music_festival_2013.jpgAnother long weekend in Union Park is upon us, and excitement bubbles over an eclectic Pitchfork Music Festival lineup which includes legends as well as up-and-comers. Whether you're planning to chill out under the trees or dance on the grass, the three days' planned entertainment has a little something for everyone. Our eager Transmission staff have chosen acts to highlight which will lead us to head down Ashland this weekend.

And there's more than just music to entertain you this weekend. While you're at Pitchfork, don't forget to stop by and say hello to Gapers Block staff manning our table at the CHIRP Record Fair tent, bid on autographed memorabilia at the Rock For Kids charity tent, browse the crafty wares at Coterie, visit the Book Fort, The Creative Lounge or shop for sweet posters at Flatstock.

Friday highlights

Frankie Rose - 3:20pm (Blue)
Gone are the lo-fi days of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Frankie Rose. Frankie was a founding member of two of the hippest girl pop/garage rock groups of the mid-2000s (Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls), but after heading off on her own she's turned a completely different direction, now favoring dreamy synths over fuzzy guitars. Successfully changing genres can't be the easiest thing to do, but with the freedom of working solo she's been able to come into her own and reinvent herself as an artist. Frankie opens the festival Friday afternoon and if you can drag yourself out of bed in time to catch her set, you'll be welcomed into Union Park with her gorgeous vocals. If you were into 2012 Pitchfork Fest artists Grimes and Beach House, you won't be regretting the missed sleep.

- Stephanie Griffin

Daughn Gibson - 3:30pm (Red)
Do yourself a favor, catch the Daughn Gibson show. You'll be grabbing the tail of Americana's newest jetliner, which should reach cruising altitude by 2014, if not later this year. He's got the makings of a star: Chiseled face. Truck-driver past. The sound of Johnny Cash reincarnate. Like the men of all tall tales, Gibson will soon outgrow his tiny Pennsylvania town and stomp his way across the country, two states in every stride, right into fame and fortune.

- Tim Schuler

Trash Talk - 4:15pm (Blue)
Trash Talk is a hardcore band based out of Sacramento that have been around since 2005 who are known for their volatile stage presence. They recorded their self-titled debut full-length album with Steve Albini back in 2008, They also recorded a single back in 2009, East of Eden, which featured vocals from the former Black Flag leader, Keith Morris. They signed with Odd Future Records back in 2012 and have been touring around with Tyler, the Creator and his crew of rap game absurdists ever since

Trash Talk serve as the antithesis of some the more avant-garde artists performing Pitchfork on Friday, such as Bjork and Joanna Newsom.

- Justin Freeman

Mac Demarco - 4:35pm (Green)
Mac Demarco brings his lighthearted, blissfully stoned-out pop tunes to Pitchfork's Green Stage on Friday afternoon, kicking off the main stage with a series of perfectly tuned-up summer jams for the not-yet-hungover-crowd. The Toronto native released 2 earlier this year, boasting standout tracks like "Ode to Viceroy" and "Cookin' Up Something Good," which is exactly what we expect he'll be doing on Friday.

- Mike Bellis

Angel Olsen - 5:15pm (Blue)
Angel Olsen has cultivated countless comparisons to the more haunting, introverted female songwriters of the past, evoking in particular Joni Mitchell at her most fragile. Olsen's tenure in Will Oldham's touring band as a background singer has no doubt permanently affixed a sense of stark mood-making to her dramatic and heart-wrenching songs (and she's even borrowed a bit of his affected warble, too.) We're big fans of Olsen — be sure to catch her on the Blue stage while we can still call her a Chicago local at 5:15pm.

- Mike Bellis

Woods - 5:30pm (Red)
Since the group's creation back in 2005, Woods has released five full-length EPs that have only further cultivated their lo-fi psych-rock sounds. The group began as a solo project for Jeremy Earl, and then grew into a fuller sound backed by many different sound effects. 2009's Song of Shame put the group on the map, as it received numerous accolades. Most recently released was their album Bend Beyond in 2012, released on the group's own label, Woodsist. The eery, psychedelic vocals are backed by hazy, upbeat instrumental backgrounds, a perfect set to ease you into Pitchfork weekend.

- Sarah Brooks

Mikal Cronin - 6:15pm (Blue)
Putting in a lot of time in Ty Segall's band can get a person associated with garage rock, punk and psych-rock. But Mikal Cronin's work in Segall's band doesn't carry over as much into his solo work as one might imagine. His latest, MCII, is a melodic power-pop tour de force that owes more to, say, the Raspberries' penchant for sweet hooks than the delightful fuzz on Slaughterhouse. Cronin played the Empty Bottle last month and should be firing on all cylinders this weekend.

- James Ziegenfus

Wire - 6:25pm (Green)
A band that may be better known for inspiring legions of latter day acolytes, Wire's performance Friday evening will provide Pitchfork's younger attendees the opportunity to see an act that has managed, over almost four decades, to remain iconoclastic, while becoming icons in their own right. Formed in the musical and political melange of mid-70s London, the short version of their bio places them in the early punk firmament, while a closer look and listen reveals a much more complex picture. Lyrically more complex than many of their peers and musically diverse, their first three albums, "Pink Flag," "Chairs Missing" and "154" were hugely influential to a variety of artists who later took music from punk to post-punk, drone and more. The lineup has been somewhat malleable over the years, and long stretches of time passed with members pursuing various side projects, but Wire remains active, as evidenced by this year's Change Becomes Us, an album that successfully negotiates the line between remaining current and mining a body of work that sprung from a distant counter-cultural British past. A not-to-be missed opportunity to see vibrant living music history.

- Dan Snedigar

Joanna Newsom - 7:20pm (Red)
Airy crooner and harpist Joanna Newsom brings her audience on melodic journeys through her whimsical sound and often childlike guise. Both can be attributed to her some-what unfeigned music career. She recorded her first two EPs, Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue, on a Fischer-Price tape recorder. Years later, after much success, including several performances on late-night television, she contributed vocals to "The Muppet Show Theme" in 2011's movie The Muppets. It all boils down to a poetic genre of folk that is truly unlike any other.

- Brianna Kelly

Bjork - 8:30pm (Green)
Truly, Bjork could be counted as one of Iceland's top exports. The often inscrutable singer isn't exactly who you'd expect to see at Union Park (you'd probably only think about encountering her in magical salt caves or behind enchanted waterfalls on deserted islands) but to those who want a little more fantasy with their indie pop, we all have our fingers crossed that the Icelandic pop princess will bring the strange and wonderful to the nth degree on Friday night. Celebrating 20 years of her post-Sugarcubes solo career (Debut arrived back in 1993), I'm also hoping she brings some of the classic Bjork along for the ride.

- Anne Holub


Saturday highlights

White Lung - 1:00pm (Green)
White Lung is a band that should be easy to pigeonhole, but somehow manages to squirm out of attempts to easily pin them down with simple descriptions. Vancouver, BC-based, the group formed in 2006 as an all-girl punk group, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Mish Way, and solidified it's current lineup when the band's sole male, guitarist Kenny William joined the group in 2009. Comparisons to riot grrrl bands can get you so far, Way's strident vocal style, for instance, but the band's sound is a little different, with a metronomic rhythm section, and a surprisingly intricate and frenetic guitar attack that puts one in mind of mid-60's surf rockers on a speed binge. A band this interesting probably deserves a bigger crowd than their 1:00 Saturday slot will likely garner, but it will be a great opportunity for the day to get off to a blistering start.

- Dan Snedigar

Pissed Jeans - 1:45pm (Red)
On an episode of "Saturday Night Live" from the 1970s, writer/performer Michael O'Donoghue led the cast in a parody of the movie "Casablanca." At one point, while talking with Larraine Newman, he says, "well, sometimes you have to be cruel." "To be kind?," she asks hopefully. "No," he replies, "to be even crueler." Once upon a time, or at least for a short window of time, rock and roll lived by the same rules. This wasn't fun time, it was clobberin' time. Bands like Swans (also on the bill this weekend), Pussy Galore, the Brainbombs and Clockcleaner prove that sometimes, to stay on top of the morass of groups fighting for riff dominance, you have to throw a few rabbit punches. Since 2003, Allentown's Pissed Jeans have bludgeoned their audiences into bliss on albums like Hope For Men, King of Jeans, and 2013's Honeys (all on Sub Pop). The band's nasty snarl is fronted by strangely vulnerable vocals from Matt Korvette, a soft/hard mix the prevents you from dismissing them as merely a bunch of shitty bullies. Pissed Jeans take your sonic milk money, flush your head down the audio toilet, then clean you off and talk with you about how hard it is to talk to girls. Hard to get a read on, and all the better for it.

- Chris Sienko

Julia Holter - 1:55pm (Blue)
If you met Julia Holter on the street, you might think she's just another Los Angeles girl. Animated, artsy, says "like" a lot. But Holter's music is surprisingly mature, calling to mind ages past, as if the sounds are the natural reverberations of a reminiscing planet. Which isn't terribly far from the truth. On some recent songs, Holter will make a field recording and then build a song "within it." "I kind of think of it as a collaboration — I mean, it's not, but...I don't feel like I should get all the credit. There's something else. I couldn't do it on my own."

- Tim Schuler

Phosphorescent - 2:30pm (Green)
More than ever before, artists today are able to rocket to the top of the charts and become the next big thing before they even release a proper full length album. (Icona Pop, anybody?) In a world full of hares, rarely do we find a tortoise, but in Phosphorescent that is exactly what we have. Twelve years after Matthew Houck officially entered the game, he has finally become a ubiquitous mention among "best of" lists from NPR, Pitchfork, et al. Phosphorescent's 6th full length release, Muchacho, was released earlier this year to much acclaim. Rich in texture, deep in meaning, and somehow also quite catchy, the album brought warmth to a chilly, Chicago spring and created slews of new Phosphorescent fans around the world. The album, which was recorded in Tulum, Mexico, cascades upon listeners ears like morning light flooding a bay window, and watching Phosphorescent dole out tracks from Muchacho and his back catalogue in the brilliant afternoon sun is one of this girl's Pitchfork must-dos.

- Abigail Covington

Parquet Courts - 2:50pm (Blue)
Brooklyn-via-Texas rockers Parquet Courts call themselves "Americana punk" for their Westward-leaning guitar noodling, but it's probably more of a misleading moniker than anything for those who haven't heard their breakout LP Light Up Gold. Evoking the Odessa-to-Houston open plains feel of 90s indie rock classics like American Water, and often pinned under by a sturdy motorik beat (psych/kraut leanings are ever-so-chic, lest we forget), the stoned and starving quartet is sure to be one of the festivals highlights.

- Mike Bellis

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - 3:20pm (Red)
We all know that more isn't always better, but when it comes to drums, two drummers really do mean more fun, and that's especially true for ..And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. They've been playing together since 1994, and recently released their eighth studio album Lost Songs. Their albums have ebbed and flowed with effectiveness, but their latest work still bursts open like popcorn at times and will sure to fire up the afternoon crowd on Saturday. Check out a video for their latest album's title track, below:

- Anne Holub

Merchandise - 3:45pm (Blue)
Merchandise honed their craft in Florida's DIY scene, playing house shows and recording in what sounded like a tin can. But over time the band developed the sound that'd define them in 2013 — a melting pot of new wave, rock and jazz signatures, and plenty of noise. On this year's Totale Nite album, they sound refined yet uninhibited. In January at Schubas they were flat with a guitar, bass and drum machine. But a few months ago they added a live drummer and an extra guitar. The songs come across meaty and intense, matching the atmosphere on their last two records. They'll be primed for Pitchfork. (Merchandise also headlines an aftershow at Bottom Lounge with Daughn Gibson on Friday night.)

- James Ziegenfus

Ryan Hemsworth - 5:45pm (Blue)
Ryan Hemsworth seems to be on the cusp of a promising career. The 22 year old from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been making a name for himself with original releases and unofficial (but well-recieved) remixes of artists like Grimes and Frank Ocean, and has recently begun to work with American hip-hop luminaries, a move that reinforces the fundamentals of his carefully crafted laptop anthems. Ethereal is a description that comes to mind, but the composition is solidly muscular beneath the shimmering layers of sound. Hemsworth is an artist at a bit of a crossroads, but for now he's making extremely well-thought out sample-based electronica while moving towards producing some of what could be the most intelligent hip-hop of the next few years.

- Dan Snedigar

The Breeders - 6:15pm (Green)
Two words: Reunion tour. It's been twenty years since the Breeders released Last Splash, the record that secured them a spot in the ranks of '90s alt rock alongside Pixies and Sleater-Kinney. All four original members are touring for the first time since the summer of 1994, and if, like me, you missed good '90s music when the '90s were actually happening, see the Breeders for a slice of musical history — you might enjoy it more than you think.

- Tim Schuler

Low - 6:45pm (Blue)
Indie rock trio Low infers loaded feelings through minimalistic music. The band recently worked with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at the Loft studio in Chicago for its tenth album, The Invisible Way. Low utilizes slow tempos to lead into its vocal-heavy songs. Low isn't likely to put on the most electrifying performance, but it might be the perfect show to catch if you feel like taking a break from raging to chill with some food or a drink.

- Brianna Kelly

Solange - 7:45pm (Red)
Starting off as Beyonce's sister can run the risk of lurking back in her shadows, however, Solange has come a long way throughout her career, and has separated herself from her sister's fame to make a name for herself that is all her own. Solange began her public singing career at age five when she sang in front of a crowd at an amusement park. She then would frequently open up for Destiny's Child as they toured, or appear as a backup dancer. One can see her evolution throughout her career as she has frequently re-invented her image. From her first album, Solo Star, Solange shines with soulful R&B ballads. Emerging as Sol-Angel in 2010, her sophomore album is saturated with soul through and through. Her latest album released in 2012 after teaming up with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor's label, True, shines as something completely different than she has ever created before. Funky rhythms and retro beats complement the soulful pop ballads. Her evolution will no doubt be showcased for Pitchfork's crowd on Saturday evening, and it will be a great show to watch just how far she has come through her years of artistry.

- Sarah Brooks

Andy Stott - 7:45pm (Blue)
Though it was released in November of last year, new ears have only recently been finding their way to Andy Stott's Luxury Problems (Modern Love) album in large numbers. Stott, a versatile producer/performer active for almost a decade, seems to have reached a high-water mark with this album, weaving dreamy washes of unidentifiable electro-sound and fine-grain atmospheric details into a woozy mixture that suggests Lush as easily as Porter Ricks. It's anybody's guess whether the notoriously muddy Pitchfork sound system will adequately capture Stott's sumptuous and subtle sonics, but if they do, prepare yourself for an epiphany you'll be trying in vain to explain to your co-workers for the next six months.

- Chris Sienko

Rustie - 8:45pm (Blue)
Rustie is a electronic composer based out of Glasgow who is known for his rave inducing maximalistic sound. It's sped up pop mixed with slowed down bombastic rap, and all of this is filtered through a relentless hyper kineticism that makes you feel like you're hanging out after middle school at your favorite sketchy arcade in the late 90's (RIP Fun Harbor.)

The last few years have been kind to Rustie. With the 1-2 punch of his infamous BBC Essential Mix and the release of his album Glass Swords, he has quickly built a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. As the headliner for the blue stage Saturday night, Rustie finds himself going against the far more sombre Belle & Sebastian who headline the main stage that night. Check out his single, "After Light."

- Justin Freeman

Belle & Sebastian - 8:30pm (Green)
The original idea sounds so simple — record some music in college and press it as part of a music business course. Thousands of people have done that. But how many of those albums then went on to be critically acclaimed off-campus and even by the country's fervent music press? Belle & Sebastian started out as a project for school and grew into a band that's been lauded for their sugary indie-pop, well-crafted songs and clever lyrics. Over the years, frontman Stuard Murdoch has transformed from shy to extroverted on stage and is the catalyst for getting thousands of people to be delighted at their shows. Belle & Sebastian's supposedly been asked to play this festival numerous times and this weekend they'll finally show why organizers have been so adamant about them playing.

- James Ziegenfus


Sunday highlights

Tree - 1:00pm (Green)
Tree is a rapper-producer based here in Chicago. A refugee of the recently demolished Cabrini Green projects, Tree finds himself navigating a musical landscape somewhere in between Chief Keef's scientific nihilism and Chance the Rapper's backpacker revivalism while resembling this generation's answer to David Banner.

Tree recently released the mixtape, "Sunday School II: When School Lets Out" to general acclaim. It is full of musical samples that immerse the listener into childhood recollections of the drive home from church on a summer Sunday afternoon while listening to deep cuts from Stax in your stylish uncle's Cadillac combined with trunk rattling 808 snares popularized by rappers such as the Three 6 Mafia. Tree kicks things off on Sunday at 1pm. Check out his single, "Safe to Say."

- Justin Freeman

Foxygen - 1:45pm (Red)
Boy meets boy. Boys share mutual love for rockumentary Dig! and bond over Rolling Stones vinyl listening sessions. Boys form band. So goes the charming story of Foxygen, the ratty-haired youthful duo from Los Angeles. Borrowing heavily from rock and roll's grandfathers, Foxygen has created some of the most unique music 2013 has had to offer. They differentiate themselves from the mess of youngsters occupying Pitchfork's lineup this year by neglecting the synthesizer and instead prioritizing the sounds of the Stones, the Velvet Underground, and the Kinks. They are rock and roll purists, with Sam French even claiming in a Pitchfork interview that he, "doesn't even know any new bands," and that he, "can't relate to modern music very well." A curious sentiment coming from a 22 year old. While many of Foxygen's merits are arguable (and oft-discussed on Twitter), some aren't. Particularly their breakout debut album, "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic." The album is a feast for the ears and though the boys are yet to master the art of live performances, Pitchfork offers a renewed opportunity for them to get serious about their sound.

- Abigail Covington

Autre Ne Veut - 1:55pm (Blue)
Autre Ne Veut began as an anonymous project for singer/songwriter Arthur Ashin, but with his latest release Anxiety, the artist is finally coming out of the woodwork. This next level R & B album is filled with the singer's stunning emotive falsetto and is quickly becoming one of the musical highlights of 2013. In French, Autre Ne Veut translates to "I think of none other," fitting for his perfectly seductive bedroom songs. These mellow grooves will work well with your Sunday morning hangover.

- Stephanie Griffin

El-P - 3:20pm (Red)
Rapper, producer, raconteur El-P isn't one to mindlessly churn out product. Since disbanding Company Flow in 2000, he's produced only three full-length albums with lyrics (along with a generous helping of instrumentals, remixes, and DJ mixes both for himself and other artists, most notably his amazing work with Cannibal Ox). Fantastic Damage (2002) was a state of the union after 9/11. I'll Sleep When You're Dead (2007) is one of hip hop's most stinging rebukes to the Bush era (check out the minute-long "Dear Sirs" for the most concentrated dose of corrosive acid), and 2012's Cancer4Cure (released, auspiciously enough, on the blues label Fat Possum) wailed through the malignancies that haunt us today, including tracks like "Drones Over Brooklyn" and "Tougher Colder Killer." El's beats are the closest thing hip hop has to a crossover with old-guard industrial music (pre-NIN), using noise, distortion and martial severity to hammer home his joyless urban dystopias. Live, El does leave some room for puttin' the old hands in the air, but not much. This is music to nod your head to ruefully, setting your jaw and pumping your fist in solidarity. This Pitchfork set announces a fourth (!) new release, a collaboration with Killer Mike entitled Run the Jewels. Could the Terrence Malik of hip hop be entering a new zone of both creativity and prolificacy? Heads everywhere are aching for a yes.

- Chris Sienko

Yo La Tengo - 4:15pm (Green)
Unlike many of this group's Pitchfork predecessors over the weekend, Yo La Tengo has been playing music together for a long time and have become indie rock darlings during their reign. Their first album, Fakebook, was released back in 1990. Since then, they've released numerous albums that showcase their indie rock flair. Their music frequently features low-fi feedback effects, upbeat piano riffs, tender ballads and a range of different effects. There's something in their immense catalogue that can appeal to everyone if they're looking for it. Ranging from the melancholy, to the more mercurial, to the elated, their songs have told stories for the past 23 years as they've adapted to the changing music scene and still retained a solid fan base. Make sure to check them out on Sunday as they delve into their material, sure to play both old and new favorites.

- Sarah Brooks

Sky Ferreria - 4:45pm (Blue)
Synth-pop has found a new princess in the precocious Sky Ferreira. A millennial through and through, Sky grew up idolizing Britney Spears and uploading songs to her Myspace account. It was there that she was discovered by swedish producers Bloodshot and Avant who took her under their wing and begin fitting her for synthy stardom. Between then and now Sky released a few EPs and some forgotten clubbangers like "One" and the bass-dropping "Sexrules" and worked with a variety of different producers before finally settling on Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid who helped stitch together her praiseworthy EP Ghost which was released back in October. Ever since then, it's been a waiting game for her delayed and then delayed again debut album to drop. Only then will there be more to say about Sky Ferreira who has brought much joy to people all over the world with the self-effacing and delightful "Everything is Embarrassing" and then left them hanging, hungry for more. Rumor has it, Ferreira fans will now have to wait until 2014 for a full length album but to quote Sky's Twitter bio, "it's like, whatever."

- Abigail Covington

Lil B - 5:15pm (Red)
Have you ever "ironically" jammed out to Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, or Katy Perry and then realized that you actually have a completely genuine affection for these artists? This phenomenon is responsible for pretty much the entirety of Lil B's cult fan base. Known as "The Based God," Lil B is possibly the only artist on Pitchfork's bill that has his own page on Know Your Meme. His strategy seems to have been quantity over quality, as he originally gained attention after creating over 100 separate MySpace accounts under his name to promote his music, later moving to Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube. He's released 7 albums and 45 mixtapes over the past few years and none of them are particularly that good, but there's something endearing about him that has drawn people in. I'm still not sure if he's serious or if he's in on the joke. Catch him Sunday evening and decide for yourself.

- Stephanie Griffin

Toro Y Moi - 6:15pm (Green)
Ok, it's getting late in the day, just a few hours left in the festival and your mind is as tired as your feet (though hopefully not as filthy). What's the remedy? A cold drink, a snack, and a little time spent relaxing to the beats of Toro Y Moi. All this good chillwave comes from just one man, recording artist and producer Chazwick Bradley Bundick, who hails from South Carolina. His latest album, Anything in Return, came out earlier this year, and continues his tradition of cool synth loops paired with house influences sure to please a weary Chicago crowd.

- Anne Holub

MIA - 7:35pm (Red)
Though British singer/rapper MIA many not be as present on the music scene as she was when "Boyz" and "Paper Planes" dropped in 2007, she is still a force to be reckoned with. Her wide-ranging sound, which combines elements of hip-hop, dance, electronic, and world music, has won the hearts of fans and music critics alike. She touts two Grammys and the appointment as one of the ten defining artists of the 2000's decade by Rolling Stone. Hell, she can even be credited with giving her ex-boyfriend, the massively popular electronic producer, Diplo his start. She'll "Bring the Noize" with a high-energy performance during the second to last set on the main stage, before R. Kelly closes out the festival.

- Brianna Kelly

R. Kelly - 8:30pm (Green)
Either out of intrigue or adoration, people are talking about R. Kelly. The Chicago crooner's performance has stoked excitement throughout the city and provided big name buzz for the festival whose previous headliners have typically eschewed Top 40 fame. Unfortunately for Kelly, the past half decade has been one of relative obscurity preceded by an infamous underage urination scandal that anyone who was half conscious during the year 2002 heard about. Then again the obscurity has been just that...relative. To those who have been watching more closely, Kelly has had quite the respectable career since the drama ebbed. Continuing to write and produce all of his own music, Kelly released well-received album after well-received album and acquired another grammy nomination for his throwback album, Love Letter. To say he's had a blessed career would be quite a humble summary of the 54 million albums that he has sold and the three Grammys that he has won. And to assume that he is nothing more than a washed up soul artist who will soon be playing casinos would be naive to say the least. As R. Kelly put it on his track "Shut Up," "See my future ain't my past/ it's not the end of the hourglass/ who said it would not last?" Attendees should consider R. Kelly's Pitchfork concert less of a "comeback concert" — as its been dubbed by some in the blogosphere — and more of a "I never went anywhere" performance. A reintroduction of sorts to all those who have forgotten just how sweet Kelly sounds, just how much he inspires.

- Abigail Covington


Pitchfork Music Festival Schedule 2013 (Stage)

Friday, July 19
Frankie Rose - 3:20pm (Blue)
Daughn Gibson - 3:30pm (Red)
Trash Talk - 4:15pm (Blue)
Mac Demarco - 4:35pm (Green)
Angel Olsen - 5:15pm (Blue)
Woods - 5:30pm (Red)
Mikal Cronin - 6:15pm (Blue)
Wire - 6:25pm (Green)
Joanna Newsom - 7:20pm (Red)
Bjork - 8:30pm (Green)


Saturday, July 20
White Lung - 1:00pm (Green)
Ken Mode - 1:00pm (Blue)
Pissed Jeans - 1:45pm (Red)
Julia Holter - 1:55pm (Blue)
Phosphorescent - 2:30pm (Green)
Parquet Courts - 2:50pm (Blue)
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - 3:20pm (Red)
Merchandise - 3:45pm (Blue)
Savages - 4:15pm (Green)
Metz - 4:45pm (Blue)
Swans - 5:15pm (Red)
Ryan Hemsworth - 5:45pm (Blue)
The Breeders - 6:15pm (Green)
Low - 6:45pm (Blue)
Solange - 7:45pm (Red)
Andy Stott - 7:45pm (Blue)
Rustie - 8:45pm (Blue)
Belle & Sebastian - 8:30pm (Green)


Sunday, July 21
Tree - 1:00pm (Green)
DJ Rashad - 1:00pm (Blue)
Foxygen - 1:45pm (Red)
Autre Ne Veut - 1:55pm (Blue)
Killer Mike - 2:30pm (Green)
Blood Orange - 2:50pm (Blue)
El-P - 3:20pm (Red)
Waxahatchee - 3:45pm (Blue)
Yo La Tengo - 4:15pm (Green)
Sky Ferreria - 4:45pm (Blue)
Lil B - 5:15pm (Red)
Chairlift - 5:45pm (Blue)
Toro Y Moi - 6:15pm (Green)
Evian Christ - 6:45pm (Blue)
MIA - 7:35pm (Red)
Glass Candy - 7:45pm (Blue)
TNGHT - 8:45pm (Blue)
R. Kelly - 8:30pm (Green)

 
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