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As is tradition, I’m very pleased to welcome you to yet another year of Pitchfork Music Festival coverage! Once again there will be a full week’s worth of focus on Chicago’s premiere boutique music festival, complete with day-by-day previews, recaps throughout the weekend, and plenty of photos so you can see some of the action too. It’s extremely comprehensive, so if you’re planning to attend or just wish you could, I hope you’ll keep a close eye on the site to learn more about the lineup, who you need to see, as well as reports straight from the festival grounds.

We begin with an audio introduction to all the artists performing at this year’s fest. Those familiar with Pitchfork know they carefully curate the lineup every year to highlight important, often up-and-coming acts. That inevitably leads to a fair amount of obscure names you might not recognize. For example, you may be wondering, “Who is Jlin? What kind of music does he or she or they make?” Well, hopefully this post answers those questions with relative ease.

After the jump, you’ll find a full list of every artist performing at this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival, complete with links to their website or Facebook or Tumblr or Bandcamp or whatever their primary web presence might be. You’ll also find links to stream two songs on YouTube or Soundcloud from each one, so you can get a basic idea of what they happen to sound like. Artists are grouped by the day they are performing and arranged in alphabetical order. If you prefer to stream your music using Spotify, you can find a full playlist at the very bottom of this post, also featuring two songs from every artist on the lineup. Those are grouped in order by day and set time.

Really what I’m saying is, no matter your audio preferences, there should be a format here that will give you access to the music, which is of course the most important part of this whole festival equation. So sit back and get familiar before spending the weekend in Union Park, so you can go in with a head full of knowledge and impress your friends.

Check out the preview guides for Friday, Saturday and Sunday!


Beach House [Website]
One Thing

Broken Social Scene [Website]
World Sick

Carly Rae Jepsen [Website]
Run Away With Me
I Really Like You

Car Seat Headrest [Bandcamp]
Fill in the Blank

Julia Holter [Website]
Feel You
Sea Calls Me Home

Mick Jenkins [Website]
The Artful Dodger
Your Love

Moses Sumney [Website]
Everlasting Sigh

The Range [Website]
Five Four

Shamir [Tumblr]
On the Regular
Call It Off

Twin Peaks [Website]
Walk to the One You Love
I Found A New Way

Whitney [Website]
No Woman
Golden Days


Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals [Website]
The Waters (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid)
Silicon Valley

BJ the Chicago Kid [Website]
The New Cupid (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Love Inside

Blood Orange [Website]

Brian Wilson [Website]
God Only Knows
Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Circuit Des Yeux [Bandcamp]
Fantasize the Scene

Digable Planets
Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Where I’m From

Girl Band [Website]
In Plastic

Holly Herndon [Website]
Morning Sun

Jenny Hval [Website]
Female Vampire
That Battle Is Over

Jlin [Facebook]
Unknown Tongues

Kevin Morby [Website]
I Have Been to the Mountain

Martin Courtney [Website]
Airport Bar
Northern Highway

Royal Headache [Website]
Another World

RP Boo [Bandcamp]
RP Boo – RP Technic
Bangin’ on King Drive

Savages [Website]
The Answer

Sufjan Stevens [Website]
Should Have Known Better
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross

Super Furry Animals [Website]
Lazer Beam


Empress Of [Website]
How Do You Do It

FKA Twigs [Facebook]
Glass & Patron

Holy Ghost! [Website]
Bridge & Tunnel
Crime Cutz

Homme [Website]

The Hotelier [Tumblr]
Soft Animal
Piano Player

Jeremih [Website]
Don’t Tell ‘Em (ft. YG)

Kamasi Washington [Website]
Re Run Home
Miss Understanding

LUH. [Website]
Beneath the Concrete

Miguel [Website]

NAO [Facebook]
Bad Blood

Neon Indian [Website]

Oneohtrix Point Never [Website]

Porches [Bandcamp]
Be Apart

Sun Ra Arkestra [Website]
Face the Music / Space is the Place

Thundercat [Tumblr]
Them Changes
Oh Sheit It’s X

Woods [Website]
Sun City Creeps
Morning Light