Pitchfork Music Festival 2011

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011

Are you ready for another festival? I hope the beers and delicious foods of all the street festivals and Dave Matthews Caravan have treated you well thus far, but we are just getting started this summer. Pitchfork Media is hosting their 5th annual festival this weekend at Union Park. The self-titled festival spans various genres including hip-hop, folk, electronica, alternative rock, and indie pop-rock. Also mixed in are some experimental indie groups who you wouldn’t really know how to categorize, nonetheless all the artists at the festival are fun and exciting. Often times they are a breath of fresh air from the normal mainstream sounds we hear on the radio and at the bars day in and day out. This year is no exception and there are some returning artists as well as many new artists that are creating a buzz amongst the hipster haven that so loyally support the “non-traditional.”

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Breaking Down The Weekend

Returning bands include Cut Copy (Sunday), Animal Collective (Friday), Fleet Foxes (Saturday), and Battles (Friday). They have all played in previous Pitchfork festivals, but be glad they have returned because they will not disappoint. Each of the four have steadily built their catalogs since the last time they were at Union Park, and it will be great to see them all again.

Friday, July 15

Friday’s first act goes on at 3:20 p.m. If you attend on Friday I suggest (in addition to seeing the artists above) that you catch Das Racist, James Blake, and Neko Case of The New Pornographers. These artists are all well established or creating a big buzz amongst the music community. Das Racist is an American rap group making a lot of noise on the hip-hop scene. Their debut album “Relax” is set to drop in mid-September and they were named as one of the 50 must see acts of 2011 by Spin Magazine. They are sure to give a high energy performance this weekend.

Saturday, July 16

Kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Be prepared, in my opinion this day is stacked. In addition to Fleet Foxes you’ve got Gang Gang Dance, Destroyer, DJ Shadow, and Twin Shadow. Although I don’t know much about her, Zola Jesus (aka Nika Rosa Danilova) is stirring up quite a buzz among critics. Flip on your multi-colored shades, strap on the Chuck Taylors, and grab your glow sticks to go have a dance party.

Sunday, July 17

Arguably the best day (although Saturday could be), Sunday will also kick off at 1:00 p.m. If you are about the dance party don’t miss Cut Copy. Twin Sister, Toro y Moi, TV On the Radio, and HEALTH will all be performances worth a look as well. You may have been one of the unfortunate fans who missed TV On the Radio earlier this year due to a show cancellation. Now is your chance to enjoy them with the ambiance of a festival.

There is something at the Pitchfork Music Festival for everyone and I hope to see some of you out there baking in the hot summer sun, get out there and enjoy this wonderful summer of music we have been blessed with this year!

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