Between wrestling in BBQ sauce and slugging drinks in old man bars, it can be hard to find the time to keep up with new music.
Thankfully, that’s what we’re here for.
And, thankfully, we know where you should spend your time at this July's new music megathon, the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Before enigmatic Icelandic songstress Bjork and harp-strumming indie folk beauty Joanna Newsom chill Union Park with their lovingly crafted pop gems, clear your calendar for fuzzed-out English post-punk pioneers Wire — who are here to remind the Tweeting masses what sneering rock music with integrity sounds like. In short: loud, ballsy, and awesome.
6:25-7:20p, Green Stage. Sample track: “In the Art of Stopping”
Prediction: Rustie steals Pitchfork. This hyperactive Scottish DJ splashes maximal color over the dance floor in a ridiculously immersive sound overdose consisting of endless synths, ‘80s soul, hip-hop, and prog rock that will have you thrashing about like a musical monster let loose in some hyperactive video game. Bonus: Raving to a tribute to the Seinfeld theme.
8:45-10p, Blue Stage. Sample track: “Hover Traps”
Bringing some much-needed originality to the American dance music scene, Scotch-Canadian duo TNGHT turns a mix of colorful, rambunctious noise into calculated hip-hop-heavy tracks with bass so deep that it charges all the way through your fingertips. Tight sound chemistry and intense craftsmanship will have your ears ringing well into 2014.
8:45-10p, Blue Stage. Sample track: “Goooo”
Pitchfork Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 19-21
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Near West Side
Price: $50 per day here
Hours: Fri 3-10p, Sat-Sun 1-10p
Subway: Green Line to Ashland
Nearby: City Winery; Market; Cobra Lounge
photo courtesy Rebecca Smeyne