If you’re the sort of person who just clicked on over to this page and didn’t take a look at the main site, let me do my best to bring you up to speed. It’s Pitchfork Music Festival week here at Faronheit. This happens for a full week every year, and it’s a lot of fun even if you’re not attending the festival itself, which takes place this weekend, July 19-21. Have a look at the official site for details on the lineup and set times and a few other key items like ticket prices if you’re so inclined. But say you don’t live in Chicago and can’t afford to make the trip. The good news is the festival will be streamng all weekend long. I can’t tell you exactly where that will be streaming just yet, but you can sort of live vicariously through your computer screen all weekend if you so choose. One of my absolute favorite things about the Pitchfork Music Festival is its lineup. It’s a boutique festival so with only three stages and limited resources it’s a much more friendly and down-to-earth vibe all weekend with good people and not a lot of corporate signage. The lineup largely matches that perspective, with not a lot of big names you’ve heard of unless you’re really deeply into music, and part of the fun is discovering new acts. Well, you don’t need to go too far to find out more about any of them. On this first day of Pitchfork Music Festival Week, I’ve put together a comprehensive Artist Guide to help you learn about and hear music from all the artists on the lineup this year. I’ll have day-by-day previews, along with day-by-day recaps in the coming days as well. So I hope you’ll check some of that stuff out beyond just another edition of Pick Your Poison. Now then, about that. Today’s noteworthy tracks come from Dim Peaks, Jack Wilson, The Mother Hips, Qurious, Shelby Earl, Therese Aune and Chicago’s own Wedding Dress. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Caged Animals, Dan Croll, Editors, Jackson Scott and Smallpools.
Caged Animals – Too Much Dark
Dan Croll – In / Out
Editors – Formaldehyde
Jackson Scott – Together Forever
Smallpools – Mason Jar
Tree – Demons (ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn)