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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 7-13-17

Get a little Chicago hip hop into your life with a brand new track from The Cool Kids as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Fans of wild times and heavy guitar riffs should definitely check out the latest from Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees). Then a little something for the synth pop crowd courtesy of SOFI TUKKER’s rebellious “Fuck They”. Other artists in this set include Carmen Villain, Cosmo’s Midnight (ft. Kudu Blue), Glacci, Kllo, Nyck @ Knight, Poppy Ackroyd, RahRah, Suicideyear, and White Cliffs.

The Cool Kids – Checkout

Oh Sees – Animated Violence

SOFI TUKKER – Fuck They

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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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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 7-12-17

Have you checked out the Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 coverage that’s been happening on the site so far this week? There’s a playlist featuring artists on the lineup, along with a couple days’ worth of preview guides (so far). More to come tomorrow and throughout the three day weekend. It’s gonna be a great time, so I hope you’ll follow along! Meanwhile, in the world of Pick Your Poison, there’s a bunch of great synth-pop tracks that have piled up today for some reason. You may know Annie Hart from her work in Au Revoir Simone, but she’s putting out a solo album soon and you can hear something from that below. Also delightful is the weirdo pop of The Blow, who are returning with a new album this fall. There’s a great kiss-off track from Empress Of in this collection that’ll hopefully get played on repeat whenever times get tough and people do you wrong. Then there’s the smooth yet glitchy electronic music of Jim-E Stack. Dive into that one for a nice cool down. Other artists in this set include AC Slater (ft. Tchami & Rome Fortune), Antwood, Deem Spencer, Dungen, London Grammar (as remixed by Chrome Sparks), Photay, Rotana and Yaeji.

Annie Hart – I Don’t Want Your Love

The Blow – Get Up

Empress Of – Go To Hell

Jim-E Stack – Forgiven

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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.

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

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 7-11-17

Sometimes, a tidal wave of great songs comes rushing at you all at once. Today is one of those days, where basically just about every song in this set is worth your time and ears. In short, for the electronic and dance music fans, you won’t want to miss tracks from Four Tet, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Matthew Dear. Lovers of synth pop should embrace the latest from Keep Shelly in Athens. Those who like some guitars can enjoy a new solo track from Will Butler (Arcade Fire, brother of Win) and the first solo venture from Parquet Courts’ A. Savage. Other artists in this set include Blood Cultures, The Dears, Lee Gamble, Mazde (ft. Rromarin), Tusks and Warbly Jets.

A. Savage – Winter in the South

Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention

Keep Shelly in Athens – Seattle

Matthew Dear – Modafinil Blues

Will Butler – Anything You Want

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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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Pick Your Poison: Monday 6-26-17

We’re quickly racing towards the heart of summer, which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I mean, good times and all, but wasn’t it just spring like a week ago? Here are some new tunes to help the time fly by even faster. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Blake Banks, DreamVacation, Karen & the Sorrows, and Kazyak. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Blood Cultures, Comedienne, Foxygen (covering Jessica Pratt), Guided By Voices, Heems, Kintaro, Super Duper (ft. Daniella Mason), The Van T’s, Wu-Tang Clan, Xan Griffin (ft. Emilia Ali), and more!

Andy K Leland – Home Grown Muck

Blake Banks – Last Week

DANI Le Rose – I’ve Told Lies

Dog Island – El Dorado

DreamVacation – Thin World

Karen & the Sorrows – Do It For Myself

A Moldy Leak – Hot Sopa

Urmac – Real

Kazyak – When I Lived in Carolina

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Show Recap: BONZIE at Schubas [6-23-17]


On Friday night, Chicago’s own BONZIE (aka Nina Ferraro) held a record release show at Schubas to celebrate her excellent second album Zone On Nine. It was a wonderful and emotional set filled with powerful songs that pushed beyond the boundaries of traditional singer-songwriter expectations. In an industry full of easy to categorize artists, BONZIE stands out with her unique perspective, captivating voice and experimental arrangements. That she’s chosen to remain independent in spite of offers from record labels speaks volumes about the value she places on independence and doing things her own way. It’s worked well so far, and connected her with local legends such as producer Steve Albini and Tortoise’s John McEntire, as well as international notables including Portishead’s Adrian Utley.

The writing and recording of Zone On Nine took BONZIE on a lengthy journey across oceans and to a myriad of destinations. The music reflects this and is all the better because of it. Her live show is stronger than ever too, as the full band and backup singers created a rich tapestry that perfectly highlighted the complex emotions infused into every song. If the rapturous reactions from all the fans, friends and family in attendance were any indication, there are even greater things in store for BONZIE in the months and years to come. Pick up a copy of the new record, and go see her perform live if you get the chance!

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