Pitchfork Music Festival
Ashland Ave. and Lake St. -Chicago
July 29th-30th | $20 - $30
Noon - 10 p.m.
Purveyors of music snobbery on the web and curators of last year's successful Intonation Fest, Pitchfork Media decided to parlay their increasing editorial clout and throw their own festival. Billed as a cheap alternative to the blockbuster festivals with wallet-busting prices, Pitchfork delivers some of the hottest bands on the indie-alternative circuit for a fraction of the cost of Lollapalooza or Bonaroo.
Sure you're not going to see Radiohead or the Chili Peppers, but you also aren't going to see casual music fans clamoring to hear the latest single playing on pop-radio. This is a gathering of music fans, tried and true Pitchfork Media readers, and lovers of all things hipster.
The lineup is stellar, with a number of bands, The Futureheads, The Walkmen, Art Brut, Mission of Burma, and Tapes 'n Tapes, to name a few, appearing on the heels of a recent album release. Other highlights include Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Band of Horses, the National, Liars, Spoon and Def Jux rappers Mr. Lif and Cage. For 41 bands over two days for the paltry sum of $30, you can't afford not to go.