Maybe you’re going to Pitchfork Festival this weekend or maybe you’ll be sitting at home daydreaming about it. I’ll be doing a bit of both, to say the least. Either way, there are a lot of great acts to not only catch live but have a listen to even if you’re not there. The diversity at Pitchfork Festival is definitely clear, one second you’ll be dancing and the next you’ll be in a soothing trance. There’s a lot to hear and see so here’s a little guidance. Here’s my list of must-sees, some obvious choices and some that may have you newly hooked:
Frankie Rose will be sure to have you’re attention with her lo-fi indie jams. Definitely no need to get too worked up in the heat during her set because it’ll be cool, chill and the perfect beginning to the weekend.
Mac DeMarco and summer festivals are two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cheesy thing to say? Sure, but I merely speak the truth here folks. Mister DeMarco will be sure to bring his spunky indie rock to the stage this weekend and get people to perk up in that dazzling sun.
Does it get more obvious than this pick? We all love the guy around here, if you couldn’t tell. Will his set be a total party on Saturday? Is that even a real question? Really though, Ryan Hemsworth will be sure to get the party started at Pitchfork and no one will be able to deny it.
Solange is a firecracker with soul and some serious fierceness. I’m sure this comes to no shock when you’re part of the Knowles family. Solange is known to put on quite the energetic, fabulous show so you’d be crazy to miss her rock it.
Sky Ferreira is what you would call a triple threat. Whether she’s modeling, singing or writing, she’s ridiculously awesome at it all. Her music varies from pop, indie, to just pure rock. She’s a star on the rise and a definite must see at this rate.
After falling helplessly in love with their sophomore release Something, I knew Chairlift would become a band I couldn’t ever get sick of. From trippy 80’s sounding pop songs to simply beautiful ballads, they can get you feeling all sorts of things. If you want something fun and unique this weekend, Chairlift can give you that craving.
This list has a dash of everything but don’t forget to see all the other great acts too. (I know everyone will be getting their booty shaking on at R.Kelly, I see you). Enjoy this weekend if you’re going, or even if you’re just pretending to go in your mind.
This Tape Tuesday features an eclectic assortment of music. It starts out with probably the best opening track from any album this year. Then, it moves into the endlessly catchy title track (kind of) by tree, only to be taken up a notch with the strangely unknown Skizzy Mars track, “Meant for Me,” which I think is one of his best songs yet. After another relatively unknown track, the mix takes a more folksy tone with a Matt Longo track (thanks to an email from him, which I almost didn’t open). Leading up to the interlude (edited by yours truly), the songs become more indie rock. Each song in this middle section of the mix is uniquely catchy. At least, I think so. ‘We are the universe.’ then ends with two haunting tracks from powerful female vocalists followed by an intense love (but also kind of hate) song that will make you want to square dance or some shit.
No sun revolves around you only, how could you think that you’re lonely? Our universe is vast but gravity will hold you back and overcoming obstacles is easy when you got control.
- Frankie Rose – Interstellar
- tree – Universal (ft. Ariel Thiermann)
- Skizzy Mars – Meant for Me
- Mikey Mike – If I Ain’t Stopped Lovin’ You by Now (Chainsaw Love, Pt. 4)
- Matt Longo – Level-Headed Man
- Raider – Lady, Lady
- The Griswolds – Mississippi
- Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
- Reptar – Sebastian
- San Cisco – Rocket Ship
- Fixers – Another Lost Apache
- Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (RAC Remix)
- The Lumineers – Ho Hey
- Imagine Dragons – Tokyo
- Made in Japan – What It Is
- Lady Danville – Operating
- M83 – M83’s Interlude
- Chairlift – Met Before
- Charli XCX – Stay Away
- Alexander Rybak – Fairytale