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Lollapalooza 2017: Preview Guide

So you’re headed to Lollapalooza. Whether it’s your first time or your thirteenth (points to self), spending four days in the heart of Grant Park is never easy, but if done properly, is always a ton of fun. And while there are plenty of activities to do and things to consume, the real reason you’re there is to see and hear some of your favorite bands and artists perform as well as maybe make some new discoveries. So in between waiting in line to get in and waiting in line to get a beer and waiting in line to use the restroom and waiting in line to get food, you could realistically catch a good 8-10 performances each day. The punishment on your body won’t be great, but the rewards will likely be worth it when all is said and done. Whether you’ve already planned out your Lolla weekend or are simply going to play it by ear, it helps to at least have an idea of some of the top artists for every hour of every day. This guide is here to help! After the jump is a roadmap to four days of festival fun that will hopefully ensure a quality experience with fewer challenges and scheduling conflicts.

But first! A couple of annual tips about how to manage your time at Lollapalooza, from somebody who hasn’t missed a single day since 2005. First and foremost – prepare for weather! Coat yourself in sunscreen and bug spray before even leaving the house. You’ll thank me later. Bring a poncho, because it’s probably gonna rain at some point. As I’m writing this, the forecast says rain on Thursday and Saturday, so you’ll want to stay dry as best as you can. Wear comfortable but disposable shoes. If it rains at all over the four days, Grant Park will turn into a mud-filled swamp, and your shoes may not survive, so don’t wear your new, flashy sneakers. Don’t pick flip flops or heels, either. You’ll likely be on your feet for several hours each day, and the last thing you’ll want is to feel like your feet are going to fall off. Speaking of which, don’t forget to rest every now and then! Get off your feet by finding a comfortable spot to sit in the grass or dirt. It can be near a stage so you don’t miss anything except maybe some sweaty bodies rubbing up against one another. Just be aware that if you stand the entire time and keep walking between stages, your body will take a huge beating and each subsequent day will be a greater struggle than the one before it. Tons of water helps too, so drink more of that than you’re comfortable with and use the park water stations to keep refilling containers for free. Lastly, a word about stage locations. The Grant Park, Lake Shore and Perry’s stages are all on one side of the park. The Bud Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, BMI and Pepsi stages are on the other side. It is about a 15 minute walk from one end of the park to the other. Make sure your daily strategy doesn’t involve too much back and forth otherwise you’ll get worn down fast. Similarly, if you want to see the start of a set taking place on the opposite side of the park, you’ll need to head out early to make it in time. With good planning and everything in moderation, you too can survive Lollapalooza weekend without taking a trip to the medical tent or at least feeling like death for days afterward. Now then, let’s get to that day-by-day artist guide!

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Sunday Recap

The 2017 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival is now officially in the history books. It’s been three incredible days of music, and arguably one of the festival’s best years in recent memory. Sunday brought another fair share of surprises and delights, though one truly disappointing piece of news created a minor hiccup in an otherwise smooth day (and weekend). That disappointing news was that experimental electronica duo The Avalanches were forced to cancel their set at the very last minute due to a serious family illness. These things happen, and of course wish nothing but the best for the group and those they care about. It would have been their first-ever show in Chicago, so hopefully they’ll make up the date at some point in the near future (though that would likely be at a separate venue for a separate ticket price). The cancellation resulted in a minor schedule change, moving Jamila Woods from the small Blue stage over to the much larger Green stage to take The Avalanches’ place. More on her performance in the recap below. Please join me after the jump for further details about all the various performances that took place on Sunday. And if you missed the recaps from Friday or Saturday, just click on the links and you’ll be transported directly there. Keep an eye out for photos posts here within the next few days.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Saturday Recap

Two days down, one left to go. While I’m always impressed with the general lineup and flow of the schedule for just about any day of the Pitchfork Music Festival on any given year, there was something about Saturday this year that stood out. I had a strange sense of uncertainty about how some of the performances would go, and about how the crowds would react to them. Sometimes you’re expecting a rousing success and instead it turns out to be a tepid mess that nobody likes. Other times you watch an artist pouring his or her heart out while a bunch of people chat instead of paying attention to what’s happening on stage. The music festival world can be a complex and fickle beast. So on a day where it felt like there were more question marks about artists than usual, I’m pleased to report that the entire day went tremendously well. So much so that it handily bested Friday and I can’t imagine Sunday improving upon it. But we’ll just have to wait and see! In the meantime, please join me after the jump for a lengthy summary of every performance I witnessed on Saturday. They’re all sorted by paragraph, with the artist name bolded for easier navigation. I’ll be sharing a full photo set from Saturday at some point in the coming days, so keep an eye out for that!

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Friday Recap

Day one of Pitchfork is done, and boy was it a lot of fun. Apologies for that rhyming introduction – I immediately regretted it after I had typed it, but still liked it enough to not delete it. But yes, on the whole it was a delightful day and a great start to another year of the festival. The primary lesson that I learned – well, rather had reinforced on me – was that the best performances always had genuine passion and respect behind them from both the artists and the crowds. There are some examples of the good, the bad, and the middling peppered throughout this recap, so join me on the other side of the jump for a chronicling of all that went down from a musical perspective on the first day of the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Sunday Preview

Here’s the portion of the preview guide where I provide sound and sane advice on how to make the most of your Pitchfork Music Festival weekend. Advice such as: wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water. The current forecast isn’t particularly hot, but that doesn’t mean you won’t wind up dehydrated. Try not to drink too much alcohol either, because as fun as that might be for you, most large crowds don’t like drunk people all that much. Plus, it’d be a big help if you wound up remembering everything you did and all the music you saw. To put it another way, drink all you like, just maybe don’t do it to blackout levels. Don’t forget to take a seat at least a couple of times each day. I’d recommend about 15-20 minute sit breaks every 3-4 hours if you’re going to be there all day long. There are some good, grassy spots in the shade at Union Park to hang out under, where you can at least hear, if not see the stages. Your body will thank you for the breaks, and you won’t wind up all sore and aching by the time Sunday rolls around. Make sure to explore! There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening just a short walk away from the stages, so if you’ve got a break between bands be sure to investigate some of the tents. There are posters, books and records all for sale, some companies give out free snacks to anyone passing by, and if your phone battery winds up drained there are some charging stations just in case. Everybody’s friendly and there to have a great time, so I hope you enjoy every aspect of your festival-going experience! Good luck!

So there’s your non-music advice column. Let’s get to the nitty gritty for Sunday, shall we? At this point in the weekend you’re probably a little worse for wear and just want to have a pretty chill final day. The great news is that this can be achieved with relative ease. Follow me after the jump, and we’ll break that schedule down by the hour.

In case you missed it:
Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 Lineup Playlist
Friday Preview Guide
Saturday Preview Guide

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Saturday Preview

One of the things I admire most about the Pitchfork Music Festival every year is the dedication to crafting a lineup that’s diverse in style, background and gender. While that is always showcased throughout the entire weekend, it feels particularly prominent on Saturday this year. You can gravitate from rock to folk to funk to pop to R&B to hip hop all in the course of a few hours, and at least half of those artists and bands prominently feature female members. A third have persons of color, though that’s actually the lowest amount of all three days. The point being, other festivals should take note, and make more of an effort to be inclusive. I feel like it creates a better sense of community among the attendees too. The strangers I encounter at Pitchfork Fest every year are among the nicest and coolest people you could ever meet, so don’t be afraid to say hello to me or anyone else.

Okay, let’s get into this preview of Day 2. After dancing yourself clean with LCD Soundsystem the night before, I can understand that it might be hard to get out of bed and be ready to hit it hard first thing the next day, but there are rewards to those willing to show up early. Join me after the jump and I’ll explain why.

In case you missed it:
Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 Lineup Playlist
Friday Preview Guide
Sunday Preview Guide

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Friday Preview

Slap on some sunscreen and hose yourself down with bug spray, because Pitchfork Music Festival is starting early this year! Well, a couple of hours earlier than usual. In past years, the opening Friday has always been a shortened day, typically kicking off around 3PM. I’m not exactly sure what the point of that was, beyond letting some people take a half day of work and still make it in time, or perhaps working a full day and not missing too much. Maybe it was also a budgetary concern, as the cost of booking another 3 or 4 artists to fill out the lineup might have been just a touch more than they wanted to spend. Whatever their logic, it seems like the organizers have stopped kidding themselves and are finally ready to extend the overall festival experience by a couple of hours. Gates on Friday open at Noon, and the first artist takes the stage at 1PM.

Of course just because we’re getting a full day on Friday doesn’t mean there are more names on the lineup to help fill that extra time out. Instead, a number of artists at the start of each day will perform unopposed, meaning you’ll have the choice to either watch one specific performance, wander around Union Park and explore other areas of the festival (/drink more/hang with friends), or simply show up late. The choice is yours, but I would strongly recommend arriving early all three days. You’re likely to discover something truly great as a result. There is at least one set starting before 2PM each day that has the potential to be among the best of the entire weekend, and it’d be a shame for you to miss out! Then again at Pitchfork, just about every set is a must-see. Navigating the weekend filled with such great music can be a little challenging, which is why this day-by-day preview guide is here to help! Join me after the jump for a breakdown of Friday’s lineup and schedule, where I’ll do my best to point you in the direction of exciting, fun, and amazing things to do, see, and hear.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 Lineup Playlist
Saturday Preview Guide
Sunday Preview Guide

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Lineup Playlist

Welcome to the beginning of Pitchfork Music Festival Week 2017! It’s become tradition here on Faronheit in the last few years to spend a full seven days celebrating the three day blissful orgy of music that descends upon Chicago every July in the form of the Pitchfork Music Festival. In my opinion, you won’t find a better curated or more diverse festival lineup anywhere other than Pitchfork. They put their brand and reputation on the line to celebrate great and innovative artists across backgrounds and genres. If you’re unaware or ignorant of the festival, perhaps a glance at some past coverage will provide an accurate impression of how things go each year. We couldn’t be more excited to bring you a complete festival guide all week long on Faronheit, which includes day-by-day previews, day-by-day recaps, plus a whole bunch of photos and other media along the way. Whether you’re headed to Union Park this weekend and are unsure about what bands to see, or are interested in the lineup and are looking to vicariously experience the festival without actually going, the hope is you’ll make this site one of your stops for key information and on-the-ground reporting. It’s a pleasure to put this guide together every year, and I hope it’s reflected in the content posted.

Let’s get started by providing a proper introduction to all of the artists set to perform at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. After the jump you’ll find a Spotify playlist featuring two songs from every single artist on the linup, along with individual links to websites, music videos and more. The Spotify playlist is ordered by day and set time, while everything else is sorted alphabetically. There are plenty of ways to get to know these artists, but obviously listening to their music is the most important of all. So click some links, stream some songs, and begin your education!

More Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 coverage:
Friday Preview Guide
Saturday Preview Guide
Sunday Preview Guide

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 7-10-17

In case you didn’t know, I’m here to let you know – it’s Pitchfork Music Festival week here at Faronheit. Be on the lookout for full coverage of the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival, beginning later today! Basically the official festival doesn’t start until Friday, but leading up to it you’ll be able to stream songs from all the artists and get daily previews detailing what to expect. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, so if you’re interested I encourage you to follow along! Of course you can also join me in Union Park if you’re so inclined. Full lineup info and ticket links can be found on the official festival site. Now then, let’s dive into today’s Pick Your Poison. There are some great downloads in this set from Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Brad Byrd, JSMV and a double dose of Pearl Earl. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from A$AP Twelvyy, Cousin Stizz, Cults, Faith Healer, filous, Future Generations, Ikonika, Marc E. Bassy (ft. Kyle), matt pond PA, Nicole Atkins, Upsahl and more!

5j Barrow – Sarah Brown

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – J Schleia

Birds of Bellwoods – A Year Ago

Brad Byrd – Cylinder

Dan Raza – Where the Rivers Divide

Jamie Aaron Aux – Wolf Moon

JSMV – Dancing in the Moonlight

Pearl Earl – Captain Howdy
Pearl Earl – Meet Your Maker

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 7-6-17

Put on your dancing shoes, because Cut Copy are back! You definitely need to check out their new one “Airborne” below. It’s got all of the band’s signature hallmarks, including a driving beat, a dynamic hook and just a hint of psychedelia. Fans of abrasive noise rock will definitely want to check out the latest from Ice Balloons, which pretty much takes Death From Above electric guitar riffs and chops/screws them with a very Death Grips-esque twist. It’s loud, intense, and fun. Speaking of fun, Omni continue their streak of making memorable and fuzzy garage pop that sticks in your head for quite awhile after. They’ve got a new record out in September, and “Equestrian” is the delightful first single from it. Other artists in this set include ALKE, DAIJO, Falcons, Garrett David, Joey Bada$$ (x2!), Private Island, The Steoples, and Tricky.

Cut Copy – Airborne

Ice Balloons – The Wasp

Omni – Equestrian

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 7-5-17

It’s mid-week, so it’d be understandable if you’re looking for a bit of respite from the world. Maybe sit down in a quiet corner and try to forget everything that’s going on. Fear not, for Hayden Calnin’s latest “Collision” delivers the sort of meditative melody needed to put you into that necessary headspace. Then Olafur Arnalds steps in to take over with an absolutely gorgeous instrumental that makes perfect use of piano and strings. He’s from Iceland, so majestic and sweeping melodies seem to come naturally from there. Then Rare Monk completes this triptych of songs with a very measured take on love and death. It’s a beautifully constructed and measured rock song that reminds me of some of Death Cab for Cutie’s finer moments. Other artists in this set to help pull you out of the post-holiday blues include Anevo (ft. Heather Sommer), Chris LaRocca, Drinker, Moullinex (ft. Fritz Helder), Orlando (ft. Nemesis), Prince Fox (ft. Bella Thorne), S Olbricht, STANAJ, and more.

Hayden Calnin – Collision

├ôlafur Arnalds – 1440

Rare Monk – Happy Haunting

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 7-3-17

Pick Your Poison is taking tomorrow off for Independence Day, but things will be back to normal on Wednesday. In the meantime, maybe you can find a few good songs in this set to play at your BBQ or whatever else you might have going for the 4th of July. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Azealia Banks, The March Divide, Sparrows and This Way to the Egress. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna of the North, ayokay (ft. Baker Grace), Benjamin Shock & Marina Martensson, Benny Cassette, Blair, DJ Tennis (ft. Fink), Ezkiel, kyd the band, MYZICA, Rudimental (ft. James Arthur), and more!

Azealia Banks – Escapades

Lone Kodiak – Calm Down

The March Divide – Tired Voice

Mark Bryan – If You Saw Her

Sailor Winters – Gallan

Sparrows – Take My Heart Out

This Way to the Egress – See No Evil

T.R.3 – Statistics

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 6-29-17

There’s a real ramshackle charm to Baby!’s new single “Weather Girl,” the first from their forthcoming album that’ll be out this August. The guitars and synths jangle and sparkle, respectively, and the chorus feels like a warm hug. They’re a band to keep an eye on, so start right now! Elsewhere, inc. no world continue their dominance of R&B sounds with another slow burn track that adds some clarity and down-to-earth vibes to their instrumentation and radiates confidence amid the stillness. There’s something beautiful and just a bit sentimental about “Cocoon,” a mid-tempo slice of synth-pop from The Mynabirds. More than anything else, I can’t quite get that chorus out of my head, and that’s a good thing. You should also check out songs from other artists in this set, including Amine, Billie Eilish, Cymbals, The Dears, Montell2099 x 21 Savage, VON GREY, and more!

Baby! – Weather Girl

inc. no world – Living

The Mynabirds – Cocoon

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 6-28-17

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of post-punk with a splash of psychedelia thrown in for good measure, Flesh World’s latest “Destination Moon” will send you soaring into the darkness to play among the stars. There’s something fascinating and just a touch different from the norm in the new Grieves track “RX”. It’s an effortless blend of hip hop and R&B, with fascinating production and sampling. Chicago’s own Whethan has a big record out this summer and a big hometown show at Lollapalooza, so it’s only natural he’d follow up a strong collaboration with Charli XCX with another strong guest vocalist in the form of Mascolo. It does nice work blending traditional pop melodies with modern electronica. Other artists in this set include Al Salvatore (ft. Tessa Marie), Grant, Lil Pump, Partner, RALEIGH (covering Frank Ocean), Shay Lia, Siv Jakobsen, Sudan Archives, and Sure Sure.

Flesh World – Destination Moon

Grieves – RX

Whethan – Good Nights (ft. Mascolo)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 6-27-17

In terms of electro-pop tracks, I’m really digging this new one from Allure. Quality beat, a strong hook and skews just far enough away from formula to keep things interesting. On the polar opposite side of the spectrum, Boris continue to deliver scathingly loud and impressively artful black metal that’s worth your time and hearing to check out. Then once again for something completely different, the soft and somber folk of Caroline Says captures lots of truth and beauty with “Winter Is Cold”. Somehow that season doesn’t seem so bad when accompanied by the crackling warmth of that song. Other artists in this set include Cedric Gervais (ft. Liza Owen), Disco Fries (ft. Jared Lee), The fin., Mal Devisa, Patricia, Rain Man & MAX, Shine 2009, Wifisfuneral, and more!

Allure – Loving You

Boris – Memento Mori

Caroline Says – Winter Is Cold

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