Pitchfork Festival 2024 Preview

While top-level indie music site Pitchfork might have been absorbed into the Conde Nast umbrella, Pitchfork Festival is still going strong, coming back to Union Park in Chicago Friday-Sunday,...
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While top-level indie music site Pitchfork might have been absorbed into the Conde Nast umbrella, Pitchfork Festival is still going strong, coming back to Union Park in Chicago Friday-Sunday, July 19th-21st:



FRIDAY, JUNE 19th

 

Green Stage

 

Black Pumas, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada have quickly launched into the big-time as Black Pumas. Their psychedelic soul brought them a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, and their 2019 self-titled debut was nominated for Album of the Year. They’ve even played the inauguration activities for President Joe Biden and 2021’s Tibet House Benefit (QRO live review), albeit virtually, but since then they’ve been active on the road (QRO 2021 photos), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival), now coming to Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind last year’s sophomore full-length, Chronicles of a Diamond (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Black Pumas
   

100 gecs, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Be sure to catch the kinetic & crazy hyper-pop of duo 100 gecs (QRO live review), who pretty much defy description (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) with their wild show (QRO photos at a ‘23 festival), as they return to Chicago (QRO photos at a ’23 Chicago festival) and Pitchfork (QRO photos at ’23 Pitchfork event).

100 gecs
   

Also:

billy woods & Kenny Segal, 4:15 PM – 5:10 PM

ML Buch, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Black Duck, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

ML Buch
   
 

 

Blue Stage

 

Jeff Rosenstock, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

First as Bomb the Music Industry and now solo, Jeff Rosenstock (QRO photos at a ’22 Chicago festival) has taken on the music biz through everything from founding a donation-based label, Quote-Unquote Records, to making a ska album.

Jeff Rosenstock

   

Sudan Archives, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Brittney Denise Parks brings the violin out of the stuffy classical setting of old and into the modern, multicultural era as Sudan Archives (QRO ’23 photos), coming to Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’23 Midwest festival) behind 2022’s Natural Brown Prom Queen.

Sudan Archives
   

Amen Dunes, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Damon McMahon brings his experimental folk outfit Amen Dunes back to Pitchfork.

 

Also:

Doss, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Rosali, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Amen Dunes
   
   

Red Stage

 

Jai Paul, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

Mysterious new London electro-pop phenom Jai Paul steps out from the shadows at Pitchfork.

Jai Paul
   

Yaeji, 5:15 PM – 6:10 PM

Blending hip-hop & house, English & Korean, is Queens’ Yaeji (QRO photos at a festival), who comes out back to Pitchfork (QRO photos at Pitchfork ‘21).

Yaeji
   

Tkay Maidza, 3:20 PM – 4:10 PM

The Zimbabwe-born Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza (QRO photos at an Australian event) hits Pitchfork behind 2021’a third mixtape, Last Year Was Weird (yes it was…), after having to cancel in 2022.

 

Also:

Angry Blackmen, 1:45 PM – 2:25 PM

Tkay Maidza
   
 

 

Interview Stage

 

Billy Woods & Kenny Segal, 5:30 PM

Jeff Rosenstock, 4:00 PM

Amen Dunes, 3:30 PM

Yaeji, 1:45 PM

Jeff Rosenstock

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 20th

 

Green Stage

 

Jamie xx, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

One-third of The xx (QRO photos at a festival), Jamie xx has also been making his own (first) name in DJing & production circles, especially at festivals (QRO photos at a festival), coming for a solo set to headline Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’23 festival).

Jamie xx
   

Jessie Ware, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Jessie Ware (QRO photos at a festival) has been called, “The missing link between Adele, SBTRKT, and Sade,” so “Free Yourself”, because That! Feels Good! (QRO ’22 photos).

Jessie Ware
   

Also:

Wednesday, 4:15 PM – 5:10 PM

Kara Jackson, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Lifeguard, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Kara Jackson
   
 

 

Blue Stage

 

UNWOUND, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Smash your head on the Washington State post-hardcore of UNWOUND.

UNWOUND

   

Also:

Bratmobile, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PMN

Sweeping Promises, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Water From Your Eyes, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Hotline TNT, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Water From Your Eyes

   
   
Red Stage  

Carly Rae Jepsen, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

Three words: “Call Me Maybe”. With that song, the third-place finisher of the 2007 season of Canadian Idol (the version where even the Simon Cowell clone is polite) reached massive fame, with what became the best-selling single worldwide in 2012. Carly Rae Jepsen (QRO photos at a festival) is still a pop star, but one of those alt-Canadian ones – the kind who’d be on Broadway in Cinderella. She comes back to Pitchfork (QRO photos at Pitchfork ‘16) after last year’s The Loveliest Time (QRO photos at a festival the month before).

Carly Rae Jepsen
   

De La Soul, 5:15 PM – 6:10 PM

Since 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul (QRO photos) have masterfully mixed hip-hop with genres from jazz to alternative and remained a critical favorite (QRO photos at a festival). More recently (QRO ’23 photos), they had to fight to get back the rights to their music – as they excellently detailed when they appeared as themselves on Teen Titans Go! – and now come to Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’20 festival).

De La Soul
   

Also:

feeble little horse, 3:20 PM – 4:10 PM

L’Rain, 1:45 PM – 2:25 PM

feeble little horse
   
 

 

Interview Stage

 

De La Soul, 6:45 PM

Wednesday, 5:30 PM

L’Rain, 3:30 PM

Water From Your Eyes, 2:00 PM

De La Soul

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 21st

 

Green Stage

 

Alanis Morissette, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

“Isn’t it ironic?” With that line and 1995’s Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette became the musician that “You Oughta Know”, practically the poster girl for the wave of nineties indie-rock songstresses. No, nothing’s matched that since, but she’s kept busy in music & more, including appearing as God in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, starring in the Philip K. Dick adaptation Radio Free Albemuth, and voicing an imaginary version of herself on The Great North. She comes to Pitchfork after not only celebrating the (delayed) 25th anniversary of Pill on tour, but also turning it into a Tony-nominated musical.

Alanis Morissette
   

MUNA, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

The electro-pop of MUNA (QRO photos at a ’22 Midwest festival) Saves the World, and this year hit it big signing to tour-mate Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory imprint with their self-titled record (QRO review), now coming to Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’22 Chicago festival).

MUNA
   

Jessica Pratt, 4:15 PM – 5:10 PM

Here In the Pitch is Jessica Pratt, back at Pitchfork (QRO photos at a festival).

 

Also:

Maxo, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Akenya, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Jessica Pratt
   
 

 

Blue Stage

 

Les Savy Fav, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Prepare to get nuts at Pitchfork with Les Savy Fav (QRO photos at a ‘21 Chicago festival)! This year the Brooklyn band finally put out Oui, LSF (QRO review), their first since 2010’s Root For Ruin (QRO review) & 2007’s Let’s Stay Friends (QRO review), but they’re best known for their crazy, wild live shows (QRO live review), with singer Tim Harrington running into the crowd, up against his band members, stripping to his portly frame, and more (QRO photos) – bassist Syd Butler both founded Frenchkiss Records and plays in Late Night with Seth Meyers’ 8G Band.

Les Savy Fav
   

Crumb, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

The psych-rock of Crumb comes to Pitchfork (QRO photos at a ’21 festival) behind this year’s third full-length, Amama.

Crumb
   

Mannequin Pussy, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Smash your body on the punk rock of Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy (QRO photos at a festival), hitting up Pitchfork off of this year’s I Got Heaven (QRO ’24 photos).

Mannequin Pussy
   

Also:

Hailu Mergia, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Nala Sinephro, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Hailu Mergia
   
   

Red Stage

 

Brittany Howard, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

Alabama Shakes (QRO photos at a festival) energetic frontwoman Brittany Howard (QRO photos solo) decided to do the solo album thing in 2019 with Jaime, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song with “Stay High”. See her come to Pitchfork (QRO photos solo at a festival) after this year’s release of second solo album, What Now (QRO 2021 photos outdoors).

Brittany Howard
   

Grandmaster Flash, 5:15 PM – 6:10 PM

One of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing (and with his group the Furious Five, rare rap inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Grandmaster Flash (QRO photos at a festival) has “beats so fat they should be put on Lipitor” – Stephen Colbert (QRO photos of Flash at ColbChella), now spinning at Pitchfork (QRO photos at a festival).

Grandmaster Flash
   

Also:

Model/Actriz, 3:20 PM – 4:10 PM

Joanna Sternberg, 1:45 PM – 2:25 PM

Model/Actriz
   
 

 

Interview Stage

 

Brittany Howard, 5:30 PM

Mannequin Pussy, 3:30 PM

MUNA, 3:00 PM

Grandmaster Flash, 2:00 PM

Brittany Howard

 

 

 

 

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