Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!
The final Pick Your Poison for this week features some quality downloads from such luminaries as Blitzen Trapper, GITCHII, Marissa Nadler (covering Black Sabbath) and We Came As Strangers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ash Koosha, CRUISR, Deradoorian, Foals, Kelly Lee Owens, Monogold, Myrkur and Pure Bathing Culture, among others.
Crazy to think we’re already at mid-week. Or maybe it’s the opposite for you and time has just been moving more slowly than usual. Either way, we’re halfway through! In this edition of Pick Your Poison, don’t miss tracks from Magnificent Birds of Prey, Pony Time, Rey Pila and REZZ. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Chainsmokers, The Districts (covering David Bowie), DRINKS, Hinds, Kinky Love, Major Lazer (covering Frank Ocean), Meow the Jewels (Run the Jewels with cats), Young Thug and Zeds Dead & LOUDPVCK.
Happy VMA nomination day to you and yours. The VMAs are the best music video awards show every year that’s being put on by a network that no longer shows music videos. Yet the big controversy today was how Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are fighting over the number of nominations each of them received. Sigh. Let’s just move on already. Today’s Pick Your Poison has some nice downloads from 7Sleepers, Peaches (ft. Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Pyramid and Rustie. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Atlas Genius, Boys Noize & Salva, Cyril Hahn (ft. Yumi Zouma), Greyhat, Icona Pop, Maritime, Moses Sumney (covering Laurie Anderson), PINS and Wavves.
With the rain completely out of the forecast and temperatures dipping back into the 80s, things were certainly looking up for Sunday at Pitchfork. Just about all of the muddy spots in Union Park from Saturday’s storm were now cleverly covered up with some quick dry solution and a whole bunch of carpet square samples. One of the big product placements over the weekend was a company freely handing out recycled carpet squares so people could sit on the ground without getting their pants dirty. I doubt becoming patchwork quilts atop mud pits was their original intention, but at least it was functional and made walking around easier. There was plenty of great music to watch as well, so join me after the jump for a recap of the third and final day at Pitchfork Music Festival.
Woof. What a weekend. The Pitchfork Music Festival chewed me up and spit me out, as it does every year. To say that I’m feeling physically and mentally drained is an understatement. But in spite of all that, I wouldn’t have traded the last three days for anything else in the world. It was a great time, and you can read all about it via my daily recaps and more. There are some photos that will be posted later this week too once I have the chance to edit them. If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend Pitchfork this year, I hope you’ll try and make plans to be there next year. Now let’s dive into today’s Pick Your Poison, shall we? Don’t miss tracks in this set from Chris London, Heather Bond, SHINERS and Tribe Society (ft. Kiesza). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alice Glass (ex-Crystal Castles), BUOY, CHVRCHES, The Dears, Editors, IAMDYNAMITE, Royal Headache, Wizkid (ft. Drake & Skepta) and more.
What’s a summer music festival in Chicago without a little rain? Or a lot of rain? This year marked the first time in its 10 year history that Pitchfork was forced to evacuate the grounds due to severe weather. A similar incident happened at Lollapalooza a couple years back. Unlike that event however, organizers waited until seemingly the last minute before pulling the plug. That’s not intended to say that they did anything wrong, but rather tried as hard as they could to keep things going until they simply couldn’t anymore due to safety concerns. They made the announcement to please exit the park, and then less than two minutes later a massive, bone-soaking rain poured down complete with a lightning show for the ages. People gasped at the sky lit up while also running with panic due to the extremely intense downpour. Of course minutes after evacuating the rain stopped and about 30 minutes later Union Park reopened and the day continued. The grounds were a bit muddy in spots for the rest of the day, as one might expect, but overall the schedule wasn’t disrupted much and the situation was handled with relative professionalism. But what about the music? Read on past the jump, and I’ll share those details with you, dear reader!
Ah, the hallowed grounds of Union Park. How nice it was to return for yet another year, this time in particular to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Pitchfork Music Festival. Upon my entrance to the park I took a little tour, primarily to get the lay of the land and see what was new compared to years past. In short not much, though the smaller Blue stage has been angled a little differently this year, made a little larger and given a video screen. As a result of the small tweak, what was once a largely shaded area thanks to trees now has a bit more sun but also a bit more space to accommodate larger crowds. That aside, it’s everything in its right place. Here’s a recap of all the music I saw today, which was more a tasting portion of a lot of artists rather than full meals. Details after the jump…
If you’re attending all three days of this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival and are anything like me, by the time Sunday rolls around you’ll wake up even though your body will definitely not want to. The thought that you’ll have to spend another full day standing around will seem like the worst idea in the world. Take an extra hour to rest if you must, but then you’ve got to push through and get moving, because music waits for no human. Which brings me to a couple of quick tips on surviving your weekend at Pitchfork without winding up in a medical tent or the hospital. Priority one is hydration. It’s going to be hot outside, and you’ll be standing on your feet for extended periods of time, so do yourself a favor and drink plenty of water. Save the majority of your alcohol consumption for the early evening hours when it starts to cool down. The next tip is to sit and find shade whenever possible. Yes, you want to see as many artists as up close and personal as possible, but don’t put your body at risk any more than you feel you have to. You know your limits, so be sure to keep close attention on how you’re feeling and rest when and where you can. You’ll still be able to hear the music while seated under some shady trees, even if it’s across the big field in Union Park. Wear sunscreen and bug spray. You know why, and will pay the price for forgetting. Lastly, be prepared for weather. I’ve already mentioned the heat, but currently the forecast is suggesting scattered storms pretty much the entire weekend. Definitely don’t forget a poncho, and consider an umbrella too even though you’ll likely annoy fellow fest-goers if you leave it up while standing close to a stage. Also, mud. If it rains, Union Park will turn into a large mud pit, so wear appropriate shoes you’re okay with potentially trashing at the end of the weekend. So that pretty much wraps up my Pitchfork tips. Join me after the jump for the Sunday Preview Guide!
If you missed my previous Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 posts, go here to hear/see/download songs from every artist on this year’s lineup. If you’ll be at Union Park on Friday, you may want to look over my preview guide for that day by going here. Last but not least, go here for my preview guide for Saturday.
For the final time this week, I’ll offer a brief reminder that it’s Pitchfork Music Festival Week here at Faronheit, meaning there’s comprehensive coverage happening leading up to and through this weekend’s celebrations. Just a quick in case you missed it set of links for you: 1) Listen to every artist on the lineup 2) Friday Preview Guide 3) Saturday Preview Guide. Later today, the Sunday Preview Guide will be published, followed by daily on the ground recaps of everything that happens in Union Park this weekend. It’s going to be tons of fun, so I hope you’ll follow along? If you’re here just for the downloads and streams below, please have tons of fun with those as well. You shouldn’t miss tracks from elle le fantome, Hawking, In Sonitus Lux, Rozes and Wells. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cape Snow, Dilly Dally, Julianna Barwick (coverng Suicide), Lower, Photocomfort, Toro y Moi (ft. Rome Fortune), Woolen Men and much more!
Saturday was the first day of this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival to sell out. When you take a close look at the daily lineups, it makes perfect sense as to why. While the entire thing is pretty stacked, Saturday in particular looks extra heavy on quality. This is both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, you get to see all this great music in one day, meaning if you don’t have a ticket for the entire weekend it seems like the best deal for your time and money. On the other hand, you can’t see everything, leading to a nasty pile-up of conflicts that can be problematic. If you’re concerned about that, and you should be, allow me to offer some help and guidance to make the most of your Saturday at Pitchfork. Join me after the jump for the hour-by-hour breakdown of who’s playing when, complete with recommendations on what you can’t/shouldn’t miss.
If you missed my previous Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 posts, go here to hear/see/download songs from every artist on this year’s lineup. If you’ll be at Union Park on Friday, you may want to look over my preview guide for that day by going here.
Have you been keeping up with the Pitchfork Music Festival coverage happening on this here site so far this week? It’s been a lot of fun so far, first providing ways to hear, see and download tracks from every artist on this year’s lineup, and then offering up a preview guide for what to see on Friday. The Saturday preview guide will be up shortly as well, so please keep up, particularly if you’ll be in Union Park this weekend. Now let’s get to the more relevant business at hand, today’s Pick Your Poison. Thare are some great tracks in this set from Best Behavior, Empire Machines, Protomartyr, Sweet Lou and Swervedriver. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aqueduct, Karmin (covering Rihanna), Mac DeMarco, Menace Beach, Modern Merchant, Morly, Natural Snow Buildings, Salad Boys and Sharon Van Etten.
As we continue Pitchfork Music Festival Week here at Faronheit, it’s always a pleasure to offer a closer, more in depth look at not only the artists on the lineup, but some analysis as to the scheduling so you can make the most of your weekend. There are always inevitable conflicts with artists you might like to see, as well as times when it might feel like a dead zone where there’s nothing to interest or inspire you. Fear not! There’s plenty of fun to be had every hour the gates of Union Park are open, whether you know it or not. Sure, there may be some tough calls to make at times, but one of the best things about Pitchfork is that there are never more than two stages going at once. They’re also not that far from one another, meaning that if you really want to see pieces of different sets, it’ll be a five minute walk to pull it off. Minimum effort for maximum musical reward. So without further ado, please join me after the jump for an hour-by-hour look at what Day 1 (Friday) has to offer.
I’m going to remind you about this every day this week, so my apologies if it gets tedious. Beyond the typical Pick Your Poison entries, it’s also Pitchfork Music Festival Week here on the site. On Monday I shared songs and videos from every artist on this year’s lineup. Later today I’ll be posting a preview guide for Day 1 of the festival, which starts on Friday. It promises to be a great time, so if you’re going I hope to see you there. If you aren’t able to make it, please live vicariously through all the coverage. Okay, now onto the tracks below. Don’t miss downloads today from Betty Moon (covering Depeche Mode), Craig Marshall, GZA x Sweet Valley and Shades. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Advance Base, Axel Boman, Cyril Hahn (ft. Say Lou Lou), Gilligan Moss, Lane 8 (ft. Matthew Dear), Maximum Balloon (ft. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe), Screature, Society and Sterling Silver.
Welcome once again to Pitchfork Music Festival Week here on Faronheit! Each year, I’m proud to provide extensive coverage of the Pitchfork Music Festival in the form of previews, recaps, photos and much more. It’s all part of a grand plan to ensure you’re fully prepared for all of the must-sees and must-dos at Union Park this weekend, or to at least give you a strong idea of exactly what went down if you can’t be there in person. For those unable to attend, either due to geographic location, financial issues, previously scheduled engagements or inability to buy tickets (only Friday tickets remain), I sincerely hope you’ll follow along this week to hear about all the gritty details.
As it is every year, the lineup for the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival is stacked with a who’s who of indie talent, along with a whole bunch of new and rising artists on their way to stardom. I’ll have plenty of details in the coming days surrounding who you shouldn’t miss each day and when they’re performing, but for today I hope you’ll take some time to explore and learn more about the lineup on your own. All of the resources you need to do so can be found right past the jump. Stream and download some songs. Watch some music videos. Visit some websites. This is an interactive journey, and I have high hopes you’ll make some fun and interesting discoveries as a result. There are clickable Soundcloud, YouTube and other links for every artist in alphabetical order by day. If you’re a Spotify user, you’ll also find a 92-song playlist (organized by set time) embedded at the very bottom of this post for your convenience. It contains a lot of the same material you’ll find below, only you won’t have to click as much.
So there you have it, please enjoy responsibly. Starting on Tuesday there will be day-by-day previews leading up to the start of the festival on Friday, so keep checking back as we progress throughout the week!