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Riot Fest Celebrates 15th Anniversary Next Month

Riot Fest will return to Chicago’s Douglas Park on Friday, September 13th to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The weekend’s lineup is packed with plenty of Riot Fest alumni playing some of their greatest albums in full, like Blink 182 playing Enema of the State and Ween playing The Mollusk. Alongside these return Riot Fest performers, there are fresh faces on the lineup, like Caroline Rose, No Parents, Ganser and White Reaper.

Tickets start at only $49.98 for a single day, so check out the full lineup below and grab your tickets here.

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5 Hometown Acts to Show Up Early For at Pitchfork Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park this year, once again bringing a diverse lineup featuring both up and coming and established artists of different genres. For the past few years, the lineup has continued to feature some of the best talent in the city; In 2016, Whitney, Mick Jenkins and Twin Peaks performed, and last year's lineup included Joey Purp, Jamila Woods, and NE-HI. This year, the stacked lineup features even more local artists, including well-versed names like Saba and Noname, but there's several other Chicagoans playing throughout the weekend. Check out our five must-see hometown acts that are worthy of an early arrival to Pitchfork Festival.

Paul Cherry

Who: Singer, songwriter, musician and producer extraordinaire Paul Cherry has become a staple in the Chicago rock scene with his dreamy bedroom psych-pop tunes. While rejuvenated psych rock has been done by many over the last few years, Cherry stands out with his signature reverb vocals and quirky textures used on his debut album Flavour, released March 31st by Feeltrip Records. Following the album release, Cherry spent weeks on the road promoting it, joining Post Animal for a leg of their last national tour. With his recent announcement of a European tour, it doesn't look like Paul Cherry's tour schedule will be slowing down any time soon, so make sure you catch him in town this weekend. After his Saturday set at the festival, you can catch an official Pitchfork aftershow at Schubas on Sunday, July 22nd featuring Paul Cherry, Bunny, and Slow Pulp--get tickets here. 

Fun fact: Paul Cherry produced Anna Burch's album and sometimes plays in her touring band. 

When: Saturday, 1PM on the Green Stage

For Fans Of: Mild High Club, Post Animal, levitation room

Start With: "Hey Girl," "Like Yesterday," and "So Easy"

Kweku Collins

Who: 21-year-old rapper, producer, songwriter, and Evanston-native Kweku Collins makes his Chicago Pitchfork Festival debut this weekend (he played the annual Pitchfork Paris fest in 2016), and it certainly seems like it's been a long time coming. Despite his young age, Collins' discography holds a certain depth to it, which makes sense when you consider he grew up in a musical family and has been playing music for essentially his whole life. Collins' air of experience mixed with his refreshing take on hip hop has earned him endless praise for his debut Nat Love (2016) and the more recent grey EP released in 2017. The traction he's gained has taken him on to tour the country and play major festivals like our own Lollapalooza, so do not miss him this Sunday. If you're not going to the festival, you can also catch Collins at Schubas on July 21st--grab tickets here. 

When: Sunday, 2:30PM on the Green Stage

For Fans Of: Vic Mensa, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean

Start With: "Lonely Lullabies" "Stupid Rose," "Vanilla Skies" 

The Curls

Who: Self-proclaimed art rockers The Curls have created a stand-out sound in a scene that can sometimes seem oversaturated. With multiple vocalists and the incorporation of different instrumentalists, the group has a chameleon-like quality, pulling together aspects of genres like psych, pop, and jazz to craft something of their own. Their last record, 2017's Super Unit, boasts ten tracks that sound nothing alike, in the best possible way. Their flexible and varying sound will be sure to keep audience members on their toes during their Pitchfork set, so make sure you don't miss it. Just in case you might get stuck at work and miss the very first set of the entire festival, you can also catch The Curls at The Hideout on Friday night with Deeper--get tickets here. 

When: Friday, 1PM on the Green Stage

For Fans Of: OHMME, Lala Lala, Palm

Start With: "Prickly Feelings," "I Can't Tell U," "Do It Right"

Melkbelly

Who: Noise-rock group Melkbelly has continuously garnered buzz among the masses in Chicago's DIY scene since 2014, when friends of artistic and musical backgrounds came together to create this new project. After releasing their debut full length Nothing Valley last October via Wax Nine Records, the outfit has performed all across the city; From Thalia Hall to the Empty Bottle and Schubas to The Hideout, you'd be hard pressed to find a venue Melkbelly hasn't played. This weekend, the band can tick one more landmark achievement off their bucket list when they play Pitchfork Fest. If you've hit your Friday afternoon slump, this band will be sure to crank up the volume and get your blood flowing during their early Friday afternoon set. You can also check out Melkbelly with fellow Pitchfork performer Nnamdi Ogbonnaya at their official aftershow on Saturday, July 21st at SubT--grab tickets here. 

When: Friday, 1:45 PM on the Red Stage

For Fans Of: NE-HI, Flasher, Wolf Alice

Start With: "Kid Kreative," "Off the Lot," "Greedy Gull"

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Who: Songwriter, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya has become a seasoned musician playing in bands like Monobody and Ittō, but when he's not behind the drumkit, he's working on his own solo project. As a solo artist, Ogbonnaya doesn't shy away from the strange, creating completely unique eclectic hip hop tunes, like those on his 2017 album DROOL. His exuberance and busy beats will be sure to get you moving early on the final day of the festival. Like all of these artists, you have a second chance to catch Ogbonnaya if you find yourself running on empty on Sunday morning; he'll be playing with Melkbelly on Saturday at the SubT. Grab tickets here.

When: Sunday, 1PM on the Green Stage

For Fans Of: Shamir, Knox Fortune, Danny Brown

Start With: "hOp Off," "let gO Of my EgO," "nO drOOl"


If you've been snoozin', you can still purchase your 3-day passes or single day tickets to this year's Pitchfork. Single day tickets run from $75, or you can snag a 3 day pass for a discounted rate of $175. If you're feeling fancy, you can even upgrade to Pitchfork PLUS, which runs for $375. All ticket information can be found here

PREVIEW: Out of Context Productions Provides Summer Indie Jams at GMan Tavern

Photo by  Evan Olea

Photo by Evan Olea

One of the many beauties of Chicago’s local music scene is that there really is something for everyone. From pulsating EDM to blaring metal, to even chilled out acoustic, the city and its surrounding areas offer a variety of sounds able to satisfy almost any musical craving. Behind many of these shows is Out of Context Productions; and their next event is perfect for those looking to dance, cry, and nod along all night long.

Coming to Gman Tavern in Chicago will be Slow Caves, Laverne, and Uma Bloo - three groups that all offer their own unique spin on the indie rock genre. Here’s a bit of what can be expected from each of the artists on Wednesday, June 20th.

Kicking off the night will be Chicago singer-songwriter Uma Boo. Her songs offer meditations on vulnerability and the strength within femininity. Uma Bloo has been crooning to audiences’ hearts on many of Chicago’s iconic stages recently (Tonic Room, Subterranean and Burlington Bar just to name a few) and is sure to open the night with an emotionally stirring performance.

Fans of The Kinks, The Pretenders, and Bruce Springsteen will enjoy the sounds of Laverne. The band brings an upbeat and dancey style of guitar-pop that is sure to bring a great time. Their newest release “Live at the Whistler” gives a slight glimpse into what this band is like live, and it’s immediately apparent that these guys are all about having a good time.

Closing out the night is Colorado band Slow Caves. A band that is anything but slow, and is quick to establish that their sound is full of catchy pop hooks. The band offers a relaxed yet fun and vibey sound, reminiscent of 90’s jangle, 80’s synth, and surf rock. And since this band has opened for bigger acts such as Cold War Kids, St. Lucia, and Cake, it’s pretty easy to see why this fun band is rounding out an indie-filled jam fest.

Interested in checking out what these groups are about? Out of Context has put together a playlist featuring songs from all three acts! Here is just a bit of what may be heard at Gman Tavern:

Bonnaroo Round Up: Our 2018 Top Picks

Since 2002, Bonnaroo has been bringing some of the biggest international acts and the best upcoming acts to Manchester, TN for four days of music, comedy, festivities and more. This year, thousands of music fans will return to the farm this Thursday, June 7th for another memorable 'Roo. Stay tuned for our daily coverage during the festival, but for now check out our eight must-see acts of Bonnaroo 2018 below! 

POND

Last year, POND released their seventh studio album, The Weather, which is full of energetic, psychedelic tunes that will instantly sweep everyone off their feet. Their records have this incredible quality that completely engulfs listeners, creating a mystical world with entrancing synths and hypnotizing melodies, but their live show adds even more depth to their layered, multifaceted songs. Frontman Nick Allbrook hooks in audience members with his captivating stage presence, so don't miss POND on Saturday, June 9th at 2:45PM on the This Stage. 

For Fans Of: Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mild High Club

Start With: "Sweep Me Off My Feet," "Paint Me Silver," "30000 Megatons"

Post Animal

After steadily gaining traction in the Chicago music scene over the past couple of years, Post Animal began touring extensively, working their way up to a national act. The group is currently on tour promoting their debut album When I Think Of You in a Castle, which was released April 20th via Polyvinyl Records. Their live shows always pack in non-stop energy with intense guitar riffs and expansive arrangements, creating a completely different atmosphere from the studio recordings. This year has already seen Post Animal at SXSW and Shaky Knees Festival, but make sure you catch them at Bonnaroo so you can say you saw them at one of their first festival performances way back when. Catch them Saturday, June 9th at 9:45PM on the Who Stage. 

For Fans Of: Twin Peaks, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees

Start With: "When I Get Home," "Special Moment," "Gelatin Mode"

Alex Lahey 

Aussie singer songwriter Alex Lahey will instantly win you over with her lighthearted melodies and relatable lyrics. Lahey's debut EP B Grade University and debut album I Love You Like a Brother are both full of honest narratives that will have you singing along, and her authentic laid-back attitude pairs perfectly with a Summer festival. Catch her at Roo on Friday, June 8th at 2:15PM on the What Stage. 

For Fans Of: Courtney Barnett, Middle Kids, Waxahatchee 

Start With: "Wes Anderson," "You Don't Think You Like People Like Me," "Lotto In Reverse"

Sir Sly

Fronted by Landon Jacobs, LA based trio Sir Sly recently made an incredible comeback with their 2017 sophomore album Don't You Worry, Honey. The long awaited album came three years after their promising debut and reflects upon Jacobs' struggles of losing his mother to cancer and the end of his marriage. The new songs possess a raw vulnerability in the lyrics and see a growth in Sir Sly's production skill, and the group always delivers a vibrant live performance, with Jacobs being known to climb things mid-show. Make sure you catch them Sunday, June 10th at 4PM at the This Tent to witness all of their stage antics. 

For Fans Of: Foster The People, Hippo Campus, K.Flay

Start With: "High," "&Run," "Altar"

Jade Bird

British singer songwriter Jade Bird first made waves when she dropped her debut EP Something American last year, which shows off her fiery spirit, sweeping vocal range, and twangy folk riffs. Since then, she's been hard at work on the road, playing SXSW and touring with the likes of Anderson East and First Aid Kit. This fall, Jade Bird will head out on her first headlining tour, but before then don't miss her at Bonnaroo; she's playing Thursday, June 7th at 11PM on the Who Stage. 

For Fans Of: Maggie Rogers, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

Start With: "Lottery," "Furious," "Something American"

Ron Gallo

Nashville's Ron Gallo has been steadily touring since the release of his debut album Heavy Meta, hitting the festival circuit especially hard in 2017, with appearances at the likes of Governor's Ball and Lollapalooza. Whether he's playing on a festival stage or a club show, Gallo always brings along his quirky antics; from playing a trumpet mid-song to passing off his guitar to an audience member, there's no shortage of entertainment. Gallo managed to release an 8-song EP earlier this year in the midst of all his touring, so his recent shows have been refreshed to include new material. If you're looking to hear some great music and have a laugh, Catch Ron at the That Tent on Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 PM.

For Fans Of: White Reaper, Diane Coffee, Naked Giants

Start With: "Put The Kids To Bed," "Really Nice Guys," "Young Lady, You're Scaring Me"

Jungle

Fronted by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, London collective Jungle will be sure to get you dancing with their smooth mix of soul and funk grooves. It's been a while since the group released their debut, self-titled album, but they've teased their follow up with two singles this year that both contain their signature effortlessly cool touch. Get ready to move and check out their set on Sunday, June 10th on the Which Stage at 5:15PM.

For Fans Of: SBTRKT, Metronomy, TV On The Radio

Start With: "Time," "Happy Man," "The Heat"

Rag'n'Bone Man

Speaking of soul, British singer songwriter Rory Graham (better known by his moniker Rag'n'Bone Man) has garnered international attention with his booming, powerful and soulful vocals. Rag'n'Bone Man's debut record Human features a diverse mix of layered narratives that highlight Graham's flexible range; from a bluesy growl to a rich baritone and even a hip hop flow, the album truly showcases Graham's dynamic talent as a singer and writer. Live, Graham brings that all to life with a large band that distinguishes the show from the album with fleshed out arrangements. Catch Rag'n'Bone Man on Saturday, June 9th at 6:45PM at the This Tent. 

For Fans Of: Bastille, Jacob Banks, Jack Garratt

Start With: "Your Way or the Rope," "Human," "Wolves"


Remember that once CenterRoo opens up on Thursday, it will remain open 24/7 until the festival ends, so make sure you check out the entire schedule here. The SuperJam lineup this year is particularly epic with members of Cage The Elephant, Wilco, Young The Giant, Sheryl Crow, Japanese Breakfast, Durand Jones & The Indications and more playing the music of Tom Petty. Keep up with it all by following us on social media throughout the fest:

SXSW 2018 Spotlight

It's that time of year again, where thousands of music fans, musicians, and music industry folks flock down to Austin, Texas for a jam packelizd week of endless live music. Going over the countless events and showcases that just keep rolling in, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed about who to see and what to do at the annationnual SXSW music festival. While we can't really help with the problem of wanting to be in 5 places at once, we can help you focus in on some of the key bands to see this week. Check out our list of our top ten must-see acts at SXSW 2018 below, and make sure you give our SXSW Spotify playlist a listen for even more recommendations. 


Shame

London's buzzy post-punk rockers Shame have already been making a name for themselves all over The States, going on a headlining tour surrounding their debut album, Songs of Praise, which came out in January. Everybody and anybody who has seen them live seems to only have positive things to say about their raw and rambunctious energy onstage, and there will be no shortage of opportunities to catch one of their rowdy performances at this year's SXSW.  Make sure you catch them this year before they move on to bigger and bigger venues. See their SXSW schedule here

Photo: Holly Whitaker

Photo: Holly Whitaker

For Fans Of: Idles, Ought, The Vaccines 

Start With: "Lampoon," "Dust on Trial," "Concrete"

Nation of Language  

Fronted by Ian Devaney, this Brooklyn based trio manages to borrow components from past generations of musical geniuses, without delivering boring reiterations. Nation of Language recently toured with The Wombats, instantly winning over the crowd with their addictive synth melodies that sound like they belong on a soundtrack for a John Hughes film. While the band have yet to put out an album, they've gained traction and attention nationally with a handful of single releases. See their SXSW schedule here. 

Photo by Rachel Zyzda

Photo by Rachel Zyzda

For Fans Of: The Psychedelic Furs, Night Riots, John Maus

Start With: "I've Thought About Chicago," "On Division St," "What Does the Normal Man Feel?"

Post Animal

If you're an avid ANCHR reader, this definitely isn't the first you've heard about Post Animal....and it definitely won't the last time you'll hear their name if you're going to SXSW this year. The Chicago based outfit had an insane year in 2017, touring across the entire country, and 2018 is set to be even bigger for them, rightfully so. Their shows never lack in energy and over the years they've expanded their live arrangements while keeping a tight sound. Following their rigorous touring schedule surrounding SXSW, Post Animal will release their official debut album via Polyvinyl Records on April 20th. Their summer touring schedule includes cities across the country and appearances at major festivals like Shaky Knees and Bonnaroo, so don't miss out on the abundance of chances to see Post Animal at SXSW before they blow up even more. Check out their full schedule here

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

For Fans Of: Twin Peaks, King Gizzard, POND

Start With: "When I Get Home," "Special Moment," "Ralphie"

Ron Gallo

Nashville's Ron Gallo might be another familiar name to ANCHR readers, as we've frequently covered him here. Gallo has already had a great year, playing festivals like Governor's Ball and Lollapalooza in support of his debut solo album Heavy Meta, but he's managed to keep cranking out new music despite a grueling tour schedule. His live show not only highlights the chemistry between him and his band, but he always encourages kindness among his audiences, working to keep his shows a safe space, while also making his audience laugh with his quirky between-song anecdotes. If you're looking to hear some great music and have a laugh, make sure you go see Ron Gallo this year. Check out his schedule here

 Photo by C.J. Harvey

 Photo by C.J. Harvey

For Fans Of: White Reaper, Diane Coffee, Naked Giants

Start With: "Put The Kids To Bed," "Really Nice Guys," "All the Punks are Domesticated"

Caroline Rose  

NYC's Caroline Rose just put out her debut album Loner at the end of February, and with insanely catchy choruses, clever lyrical quips, and thoughtful themes, it's been nothing but well received. I have yet to see one of Caroline Rose's show, but based on the light-hearted tone of her album, her live show will undoubtedly be a blast. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of opportunities to see her down in Austin this week. See her plentiful schedule here. 

Photo Credit: Matt Hogan

Photo Credit: Matt Hogan

For Fans Of: Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett

Start With: "Bikini," "More of the Same," "Money"

BAUM

Currently based in LA, the NYC native Sabrina Teitelbaum has been garnering all sorts of praise over her material released as BAUM. Although her releases are limited to only three official singles, BAUM threads powerful and empowering themes through catchy pop melodies. Her debut EP will be released on 3/16 during SXSW, so make sure you catch one of her shows to hear the new tracks live. See BAUM's schedule here. 

Photo By Shervin Lainez. 

Photo By Shervin Lainez. 

For Fans Of: Grace Mitchell, Ryn Weaver, VÉRITE

Start With: "This Body," "Hot Water"

The Nude Party

If any of the bands on this list fall into the don't-judge-a-band-by-their-name category, it's this band. The Nude Party spices up their rock'n'roll tunes with a hint of twang and psychedelia. During their shows, the band members feed off one another's energy so well, and their audiences quickly reciprocate the infectious energy. See where you can catch on of their rowdy shows here

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For Fans Of: Black Lips, Meatbodies, Frankie & The Witch Fingers

Start With: "Time To Go," "Life's a Joke," "Poor Boy Walking Blues"

Acid Dad

NYC rockers Acid Dad just put out their debut self-titled album on Friday, and they'll be celebrating all week in Austin, in the midst of an on-going national tour. The four piece have a distinct sound that blends psych and punk rock perfectly, and it translates incredibly well in a live setting. Check them out at SXSW at one of their plethora of live shows; information here

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For Fans Of: Honduras, No Parents, NE-HI

Start With: "Don't Get Taken," "Come Outside," "Fool's Gold"

HINDS

Another name that should be familiar if you're a regular ANCHR reader, HINDS crafts irresistibly lively and light-hearted lo-fi rock tunes with melodies that'll get lodged in your head for days. Their live show is really where it's at...the quartet from Madrid exude so much chemistry and project endless positivity and energy whenever they take the stage, making their show one you cannot miss if you're going to SXSW. Luckily, HINDS have a new album on the way, so they will be hitting the Austin pavement hard this week. See their packed schedule here. 

Photo By Aaron Serrano

Photo By Aaron Serrano

For Fans Of: Twin Peaks, The Big Moon, Cherry Glazerr 

Start With: "Bamboo," "Garden," and "New For You"

Liza Anne

Liza Anne's incredibly candid and raw songwriting style makes her music effortlessly relatable. The Nashville singer-songwriter's third album, Fine But Dying, showcases her vulnerability in the most beautiful way, and the eleven tracks remain cohesive while also exploring different sonic pallets. Her live shows take that authenticity and amplifies it in a stunningly captivating way, so don't miss your chance to see her in Austin. 

Photo By Tom McGeehan

Photo By Tom McGeehan

For Fans Of: Japanese Breakfast, Tennis, Alvvays 

Start With: "Small Talks," "Socks," "Paranoia" 


There you have it! Again, don't forget to check out our Spotify list for even more recommendations. Also remember that these artists are all playing official showcases, but there's tons of unofficial showcases by both official and unofficial artists throughout the week. Keep your eyes on our social media for more unofficial suggestions, and make sure you check out Treehouse Records' showcase on 3/16 as well as all of the events put on by Howdy Gals here. 

GIVEAWAY: Two Feet at Lincoln Hall 2/25/18

NYC based producer, singer-songwriter and musician Two Feet will hitting the stage at Lincoln Hall later this month on February 25th. Trust us, you don't want to his his show full of electrifying, bluesy riffs, bass-boasting beats, and biting lyrical quips. You can grab your guaranteed tickets here OR try your hand at winning a pair by heading here. Don't forget to check our social media for extra entries. 

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Get ready for the show by checking out our interview with Two Feet, and listening to his latest EP in full below!

For Fans of: Chet Faker, Sir Sly, Kevin Garrett, Jacob Banks, Jack Garratt, James Blake

From Psych Rock to Rap, Audiotree Music Festival Has It All

Chicago based company Audiotree has become known as a tastemaker over the past few years. Taking artists of all different calibers and genres and giving them a means to showcase their live performances, Audiotree records live sessions in-studio and at local venues, opening up a world of discovery for music fans and a window of opportunities for musicians. In addition to these live sessions, Audiotree also puts on an annual music festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and this year they've got their best lineup yet. Headlined by Australian psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and rapper SuperDuperKyle, the two day festival has a little something for everyone. Check out the entire line up below, and grab your tickets here before they're gone. Single day tickets start at a mere $32.50 for GA with VIP options, and you can snag a two day GA pass for $60. 

7 Must-See Acts To Catch at Pitchfork

Headliners Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, and LCD Soundsystem close out each night at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. While we're excited to see these incredible acts who all contribute their own artistry in addition to great music, we're equally as excited to catch these seven non-headlining acts during the annual Pitchfork Fest next week. With so many talented musicians playing over the course of three days, it's hard to narrow down our picks, but these are the acts on the very top our list. 

Francis and the Lights

If you couldn't tell from our Eaux Claires highlights, we're big fans of Francis Farewell Starlite and his work. Certain parts of his debut album may be an acquired taste, but once you dive into Farewell, Stalite! it's hard to come up for air from the addictive melodies and Starlite's distinct vocals, which have drawn some comparisons to Peter Gabriel. In recent years, Francis has also collaborated with Kanye, Justin Vernon, and Chance The Rapper. Besides his massive stage presence and smooth dance moves, you may just want to catch Francis's set for the possibility of guest performers. Chance has been showing up during his set at festivals throughout the summer, and at Eaux Claires, Francis invited some of the crowd up onstage to have a dance with him. To make sure you're in on all the fun, catch him Saturday at 5:15 on The Blue Stage. 

Credit: Rachel Zyzda

Credit: Rachel Zyzda

For Fans Of: Bon Iver, James Blake, Blood Orange

Start With: "See Her Out (Thats Just Life)" and "May I Have This Dance"


NE-HI

It's been a whirlwind of a year for the Chicago four-piece NE-HI...putting out their sophomore album Offers in February (including an exclusive vinyl version at Shuga Records), performing on JBTV, and now playing one of the biggest festivals in their hometown after touring consistently. The group effortlessly encapsulates the vintage, fuzzy rock sound and feel-good melodies that has become such a signature feel of Chicago rock'n'roll music. That sound coupled with their high energy performances makes them a must-see on the final day of Pitchfork. Catch them Sunday at 2:30 on The Green Stage. They'll also be playing a special Pitchfork after show at Lincoln Hall on July 15th. Grab tickets here. 

Credit: Bryan Allen Lamb

Credit: Bryan Allen Lamb

For Fans Of: The Walters, Twin Peaks, White Reaper

Start With: "Stay Young" and "Sisters"


Priests

This post-punk group from Washington, D.C always pushes the limits on their sound, delivering a refreshing and sonically diverse debut album Nothing Feels Natural this past January. Since then, Priests has been perfecting their high energy set while touring relentlessly. Catch them bright and early Friday at 1:45 on The Green Stage. They'll also be performing Saturday, July 15th at Schubas Tavern; grab your tickets here

Credit: Audrey Melton

Credit: Audrey Melton

For Fans Of: Chastity Belt, Sheer Mag, Bully 

Start With: "JJ" and "Appropriate" 


Frankie Cosmos

Fronted by Greta Kline, who has adopted the stage name Frankie Cosmos, this outfit from NYC craft dreamy, indie pop tunes perfect for a festival. The upbeat melodies paired with Kline's ethereal vocals on songs from their two albums Zentropy and Next Thing will be sure to get the crowd dancing. Don't miss them on Friday at 5:15 on The Blue Stage. Frankie Cosmos will also be performing alongside Hoops at The Virgin Hotels on Friday evening. Get the scoop on that show here. 

Credit: Matthew James-Wilson

Credit: Matthew James-Wilson

For Fans Of: Japanese Breakfast, Alvvays, Diet Cig

Start With: "Young" and "Fool"


Pinegrove

Another east coast group, Pinegrove, has been all over the place this year, touring in support of their 2016 record Cardinal. The album features a raw approach to capturing frontman Evan Stephens Hall's vocals; their sound standing out from other indie rock outfits thanks to their slight country twang. The New Jersey band has also become known for their evolving live lineups consisting of many of their multi-talented bandmates, like Nandi Rose Plunkett, who fronts her own project called Half Waif. Regardless of their set up, their show at Pitchfork is one you won't want to miss. Catch them Sunday at 5:15 on The Blue Stage. 

Courtesy of Brace Yourself PR

Courtesy of Brace Yourself PR

For Fans Of: (Sandy) Alex G, LVL UP,  Whitney

Start With: "Old Friends" and "New Friends" 


Angel Olsen 

The Chicago via St. Louis singer-songwriter Angel Olsen puts a raw and retro spin on her building and often brooding narratives. Her newest album My Woman  has received rave reviews from both fans and critics, and Olsen has just announced another tour in the Fall to follow up her current festival run. Her show at Pitchfork will undoubtedly be one of the most captivating performances of the festival. Catch Olsen's performance Saturday at 6:15 on The Green Stage.  

Credit: Amanda Marsalis

Credit: Amanda Marsalis

For Fans Of: Mitski, Molly Burch, Big Thief 

Start With: "Unfucktheworld" and "Shut Up Kiss Me"


Vagabon

With her soft yet powerful vocals that instantly hook listeners, Lætitia Tamko (aka Vagabon) will be sure to deliver a compelling set at Pitchfork. Although it's only eight tracks long, the New York based multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter takes listeners on a winding sonic journey during her latest album Infinite Words. You can experience these visceral songs by catching Vagabon on Saturday at 1:00 at The Green Stage. Vagabon will also be performing at The Beat Kitchen on July 15th (tickets here) and The Virgin Hotel on July 16th. 

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson

For Fans Of: Jay Som, Daughter, Girlpool

Start With: "Fear & Force" and "Cold Apartment"


Check out the entire schedule for Pitchfork Festival here to plan out your entire weekend, and don't forget to check our gig calendar for all of the after shows too! 3 day passes for Pitchfork are still on sale, starting at $175. Grab them here