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Pitchfork Music Festival Wed May 14 2014

Odes to Pitchfork Music Festival (and Your Chance to Win!)

pitchfork2014.jpgSome say that poetry is music. We'd like to add that an experience as unique and magical as a 3-day music festival in the middle of Chicago is something best captured in a poem. Better yet, a hiaku. That's right, we're daring you to create haikus about the Pitchfork Music Festival. Just write your most poignant thoughts down in a 5/7/5 syllable haiku in the comments below (Be sure to include a valid email address!) and we'll pick 2 winners to receive a 3-day pass to this year's fest!

Haikus must be entered in comments below by 3pm Friday, 5/16. We'll notify winners by email. Write as many haikus as you like! [Update! We've notified our 2 winners by email! Thanks for all the amazing entries!]

Need inspiration? Here are a few to inspire you, by Transmission writer Mike Bellis:

Would you like to see
Pitchfork's summer jubilee
All three days, for FREE?

Gapers has your back;
A way to watch Slowdive and
Neutral Milk attack

Send us some haikus
On some of Pitchfork's who's who's
And we'll cure your blues

Five, seven and five
Rhyming's swell, if you can jive
If not, well, that's cool.

How could you delay?
Grimes and St Vincent await --
Write us now, today!

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Jennifer / May 14, 2014 3:23 PM

Roasting in the sun,
Slowdive playing "Alison" -
sounds like the best fun.

Jon / May 14, 2014 5:16 PM

Slowdive in the park
On a summer afternoon
I'll be by your side

dan s / May 14, 2014 5:30 PM

You can go f--- off,
ancient Japanese artform
Pitchfork music fest

Arpad Okay / May 14, 2014 10:33 PM

music and culture
summer's aural avalanche
why we all live here

MidasA / May 14, 2014 10:57 PM

Rain will break the heat
Annie Clark on the beats
Smiles on the streets

BobO / May 14, 2014 11:04 PM

The grip on my skull
Just for the fuck of it
Death won't come slowly

Robert / May 14, 2014 11:11 PM

Two headed boys rule
Trumpets and xylophone
Sweaters too hot Jeff

Fred / May 14, 2014 11:19 PM

Ice cream and Cherry
Got some shit to say
Bass rumbling down low

ally / May 15, 2014 7:45 AM

My heart hums with bass
Sticking to strangers
In the same loud heat

ally / May 15, 2014 7:48 AM

Whoops, first was too short...

My heart hums with bass
Sticking limbs to strangers' skin
In the same loud heat

ally / May 15, 2014 7:58 AM

Breeze rouses the crowd
The first chord, our voices swell
Chicago rises

Ally / May 15, 2014 8:07 AM

This small patch of ground
Becomes my small patch of ground
Where my bare feet dance

Sean McCarthy / May 15, 2014 9:34 AM

I cant see the fun
How to see Diiv in the sun
Sunglasses perhaps

Slowdive would be fine
Up close or in the back nine
Awash in reverb

Like to hear some drums?
Cloud Nothings or Deafheaven
Should make you go numb

What Speedy Ortiz
Needs to do some work on?
Less Helium please

So as you can see
Id like to go, what the heck,
Id even see Beck

Ruby Rose Kelley / May 15, 2014 10:18 AM

Heyday! Heyday! Pitch
Your forks! Gather! Harvest! Three
Days! Chi-Town! Pitchfork!

Elizabeth Morales / May 15, 2014 1:28 PM

Scalpers everywhere –
Please don’t take all my money.
My cats need to eat.

Oh, I failed at life;
I forgot to get tickets!
When will I see Beck?

Had I remembered,
My auditory pleasure
Would be guaranteed.

Neutral Milk Hotel
Before Mangum’s hiatus
Comes around again.

Lovely Annie Clark
Rhythmic cherub with guitar
Help me, help me, please!

mcquake / May 15, 2014 2:43 PM

I remember when
Pitchfork was only thirty
bucks. Fucking hipsters.

serene / May 15, 2014 4:07 PM

Sun in my eyes
Officially off the clock

Glyn / May 15, 2014 4:39 PM

kendrick, as smoke curls
upward, then hips writhing to
kelela's slow bass

Jennifer / May 15, 2014 5:05 PM

Count the floral crowns.
The teens here are way cooler
Than I ever was.

Anthony / May 15, 2014 6:41 PM

Pitchfork and torches?
No need to be so harsh, rate
it a nine point two.

Never thought I would
see: Giorgio Moroder,
Neutral Milk Hotel.

Union park, summer,
Chicago skyline, every
year I wait for it.

Still people don’t know
how to write a haiku, it’s
not hard. Five-Seven-Five!

Like an area
code, I’m from the 7-7-3.
Perfect 10 point Oh!

Genna / May 15, 2014 7:36 PM

Pitchfork oh Pitchfork
You are the fork in my pitch
With hipster music

bobO / May 15, 2014 11:24 PM

Hot child sitting
Looking parched and antsy
Headphones not dainty

Casey / May 16, 2014 8:09 AM

Chicago summer
hot rain hot dust hot music
I want to go there

scorching yellow sun
but the songs are so bitchin
beer puts out those fires

when Beck lights the stage
my brain cannot handle it
commence freaking out

Megan / May 16, 2014 10:29 AM

San Diego to
O'Hare. I miss Chicago.
Pitchfork here I come.

Slowdive or DIIV. Who
will make a bigger ocean
of sound in the sun?

Kids in shorts, too cool
for school. Did you see Neutral
Milk Hotel? Oh, yeah.

Ally / May 16, 2014 10:38 AM

Lemonade and beer
Below us turns to thick paste
Trampled in the heat

Ally / May 16, 2014 10:43 AM

Multicolored specks
That's how we look from onstage
Far gone, and joyful.

Ally / May 16, 2014 10:49 AM

Ferris Bueller's Day:
Stay home sick, go to Pitchfork,
sing duets with Beck

Mitch / May 16, 2014 11:40 AM

My god it is hot
Yellow tickets, good as cash
Hundred Waters, please.

Mitch / May 16, 2014 11:42 AM

Neutral Milk Hotel
A perfect five syllable
Seems like conspria-

Laura / May 16, 2014 11:55 AM

Day three: Brain is mush.
Go without me. Wait, what's that?
R.Kelly has DOVES?!

Mitch / May 16, 2014 12:02 PM

These Clouds do Nothing
The heat is a Wild Beast.
Moon needs to kil sun.

Laura / May 16, 2014 12:09 PM

Hey! Perfect Pussy.
Ew, the band, you Dum Dum Girl.
Move, you Wild Beast.

EMILY / May 16, 2014 12:10 PM

Two years ago-ish
I missed the best bands because
Of no good reason

Oh right! That wedding
For that one friend. Far away
Not so memorable

Please stop scheduling
All my favorites to play
At all the same times

Remember back when
Yoko Ono cleared the crowd
Oh right, you were ten

Too tired and way too
Hungover to stay for Os
Mutantes. Still sad.

Will it be too hot
To melt records that I buy
Again this year? Eek!

EMILY / May 16, 2014 12:16 PM

Three days of sunburns
Gross portapotties and bad
Dehydration. Fun!

Cats on clothes for all!
#putacatonit! What will
the kids wear this year?

PS I have pics
To prove it was year of cats
You can hashtag that!

EMILY / May 16, 2014 1:09 PM

Friends you can’t find
Beer you wouldn’t ever drink
But THE best weekend

Penning these haiku
Dreaming of summer weekends
Way better than work

zr / May 16, 2014 1:22 PM

please, continue to
search my backpack for drugs and
dump my underwear

Jon Knott / May 16, 2014 1:22 PM

Pitchfork Music Fest
Equally as delicious
as this protein shake

David / May 16, 2014 1:24 PM

Swirling sounds in the sun
In beautiful Chicago
This is perfection

Cello / May 16, 2014 1:25 PM

A gapers delay
Both ways on the Dan Ryan
It's Pitchfork traffic

Andrew / May 16, 2014 1:26 PM

Though the city warms
Music takes over the Park
Time to Rock and Roll

chaz / May 16, 2014 1:28 PM

murder me pitchfork
please kill me ryan schreiber
stab me, best new death

i cry to rashad
i drink st. vincent coffee
i pray for tickets

2 broke 4 p4k
2 many acts 2 see
i wish it was free

sad in chicago
i want a murcielago
ill settle 4 tix

thats right im in it
and i can't get out, thats right
im in it and i

Emily B. / May 16, 2014 1:28 PM

Please let Megan win.
I never get to see her-
She’ll come from Cali!

Liam O'Hare-Rennie / May 16, 2014 1:29 PM

Fingers through the grass

bass does shake my soul and bones

pitchfork here i come

Johnny / May 16, 2014 1:29 PM

Standing in the grass
Taking in all I can hear
I feel so at home

Mark / May 16, 2014 1:30 PM

This is a haiku
Pitchfork Music Festival
Love you Chicago

Mark / May 16, 2014 1:31 PM

My last haiku sucked
I really love Chicago
Live music is great

Johnny / May 16, 2014 1:32 PM

The sweat of others
The energy filled sound
This is why I live

D. / May 16, 2014 1:33 PM

Just heard Kathleen's out
Oh no, Julie is Ruined
Well, there's always Grimes

Mark / May 16, 2014 1:33 PM

Lounging in a park
Listening to St. Vincent
Sounds like summertime

Stabriella / May 16, 2014 1:34 PM

Let's raise our pitchforks
To a sky filled with lighters
Rock and hearts ablaze

Mark / May 16, 2014 1:36 PM

I flew to New York
Just to see Factory Floor
I love those three so

Mark / May 16, 2014 1:39 PM

I am done writing
Haikus are calming to write
Now headed to work

Johnny / May 16, 2014 1:40 PM

In a time when we
Need an escape from our lives
Pitchfork saves the day

dan tomko / May 16, 2014 1:43 PM

Hot hipster asses
As far as the eye can see
Oh and there's music.

Thank you based god for
Creating this festival
now please fuck my bitch

Sergio's too short
We spend the whole time trying
To find his small ass.

it's basically
A weekend to drink and smoke
And hear indie shit

CJ / May 16, 2014 1:44 PM

viewing lineup page
awash in moody photos
but so few smiles

Stabriella / May 16, 2014 1:48 PM

At this summer'a fest,
Pour some out for King Rashad;
You live in our hearts

Emily / May 16, 2014 1:50 PM

Sun burnt skin is worth
All the joy Pitchfork fest would
Bring me this summer.

dan tomko / May 16, 2014 1:55 PM

A haiku about
Pitchfork music festival?
Not enough syllab

Sean / May 16, 2014 1:55 PM

In the 3-1-2,
rhymes and booty pops collide
on the Pitchfork stage.

No cares, just big smiles,
a city joined by music
sways and sings en masse.

Connor / May 16, 2014 1:58 PM

Jamming out to tunes
Or resting in my lawnchair
Enjoying Union Park

Christine / May 16, 2014 2:13 PM

Let’s shake and shimmy
under blue Chicago skies
as you freestyle live.
Parched skin, hoarse voice. Beat.
Music drenches over me.
Soul is replenished.

Tyrone wills / May 16, 2014 2:14 PM

Last pitchfork the weather was 103 to hot for me
I was still there reppin tde
This year I'm cool cause cause gapers block is sending me for free

JK / May 16, 2014 2:16 PM

Danny B, Who's he?
Oh yeah that ratchet rapper
Sign me up right quick

NB / May 16, 2014 2:22 PM

Waiting for toilet,
relief that vegan hot dog
was locally sourced.

NB / May 16, 2014 2:23 PM

Wriggled through mud to
front row, kissed stranger. If You’re
Feeling Sinister.

Jon Knott / May 16, 2014 2:25 PM

Pitchfork Fest Haiku
The sun, the tunes, the good vibes
I agree don't you?

All day music fest
Don't forget your SPF
hydrate & hands up

Only for 3 days,
Come out to play & enjoy
Just don't be "that" guy

Logan / May 16, 2014 2:26 PM

Slowdive, DIIV, Slowdiiv
They share more than a name
They both sound the same

Chris / May 16, 2014 2:44 PM

Pitchfork is coming
No three day tickets are left
transmission please help!

Neutral Milk Hotel
It is time to see you again
pitchfork is our time!

Sorry, what did you say?
Ear are ringing by monday
But it was worth it!

Sean / May 16, 2014 2:46 PM

Full day of shows… DONE.
Slip on your shades Chicago,
grassy shade beckons.

Don your hipster wear.
Then dance, a sweaty frenzy.
Nap in grass. Repeat.

That Pitchfork virgin,
Lucked out cuz of Gapers Block.
Loser no longer.

Amy / May 16, 2014 2:57 PM

Fest-goer poet?
I would write haikus for days
to go to Pitchfork!

In between line-ups
my friends play: Real Hipster
Versus Fake Hipster

Pitchfork in July
can (almost) make you forget
the polar vortex.

A damn good line up
a beer in hand, a hot day
Let’s go, Chicago

austin / May 16, 2014 2:59 PM

Let's get down all day
To Factory Floor and more
Slow dance to Slowdive

Jeff / May 16, 2014 3:08 PM

Last summer I drove
fifteen hours to Chicago
with two of my friends

On Friday we drank
and also ate weed brownies
We were so fucked up

One hundred plus degrees
Dehydrated high and drunk
I thought I would die

By early evening
I returned to my senses
Die another day

Joanna Newsom
a beautiful show by a
goddess undisguised

Billy Goat Tavern
after the show and also
Sarpinos pizza

Saturday morning
No booze this time, lesson learned
Mexican for breakfast

Did I cry during
Stars of Track and Field? Maybe
I used to run too

Ate Giordano's
after we left Union Park
Pizza every night

On Sunday morning
we all turned up with Tek Life
Rest in peace Rashad

Then I went to church
Killer Mike gave the sermon
I'm glad Reagan's dead

I had flip flops on
But lost them at Lil B's set
Left in a stranger's

Final headline act
R Kelly played Ignition
Then we saw TNGHT

Lost my voice that night
Yelling like a dumbass when
Blood on the Leaves played

Sarpino's again
We're always down for pizza
That's just how we roll

Got a parking fine
While visiting Northwestern
and that sort of sucked

Got pulled over too
in Ohio for speeding
Not ticketed though

Which was pretty chill
The trip had a few small bumps
But it was worth it

This year I'm spending
my summer in the city
and I'm excited

The weekend passes
are sold out but I plan to
buy Sunday tickets

I would love to go
Friday and Saturday too
Hope my dream comes true

Shout out to my pets
Tiger died a few years back
He was a chill cat

Lawrence is back home
and he's a total goofball
who likes to bite me

Tiger and Lawrence
In your names I promise to
Turn up at Pitchfork

Jennifer Moy / May 16, 2014 3:22 PM

Union Park is where
hallowed grounds of music lie.
Basking in the beat.

Aldo Vasquez / May 16, 2014 3:57 PM

Best fest in Chi Town,
Cornucopia of music
Heals the mind and soul

Nicole Baldino / May 16, 2014 4:21 PM

oh i love pitchfork
but people always touch me
please dont touch me, thanks

John B. / May 16, 2014 5:42 PM

I live for Pitchfork
But now I am a poor man
Neutral Milk Hotel?

Jimmy Sisto / May 16, 2014 5:44 PM

Jiving with Annie

Getting whammied with Death Grips

May these dreams come true

Alyssa Wagner / May 16, 2014 5:52 PM

Chicago's best fest

Goose Island, and even Grimes!

It would be a time

Tim Massie / May 17, 2014 10:27 AM

Giorgio Moroder,
Real king of electronic,
Doesnt need mouse head

Maggie O'Connor / May 19, 2014 1:27 PM

Who is on the stage?
All I see are sweaty backs.
I am way too short.

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By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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