The rains came to Chicago this weekend, but that didn’t stop Pitchfork from scratching the indie itch with a full slate of artists. How did it go? Check out some of these stories below to get a flavor of this year’s Pitchfork.
God and the weather cooperated for the remainder of Saturday, and the headlining acts almost universally thrived and bewitched the audience. California-based DJ Flying Lotus mixed samples of Lil Wayne and Kanye West into his own dirty, propulsive beats, setting a throng of captive sun-drenched — and, yes, almost all white — Pitchfork patrons dancing.
The next two hours leading up to Vampire Weekendâ€™s main event were what I would describe as a â€œbeautiful snooze-fest,” with lulling performances by British babyfaces King Krule and lo-fi bedroom pop A-listers, Beach House. I grabbed a Sriracha covered Viatnamese pork sandwich and wander back for more at the Blue Stage as King Krule throws out the jazzy â€œ363N63â€ to a tired, dreamy handful of fans.
Given the thoughtful pacing of the festival, itâ€™s probably no surprise that Pitchfork saved the last two slots of the two main stages for Vampire Weekend and Beach House, acts central to the siteâ€™s appeal and popularity whose respective audiences easily eclipsed anyone else from Sunday.
Sleigh Bell singer Alexis Krauss was pretty much the coolest girl at Pitchfork, wearing a leather jacket in 90-plus-degree weather as she crowd surfed, all while singing in her familiar child-like vocals. If it’s Krauss you wanted to be your best friend/girlfriend/indie spirit guide, there was the equally hip and talented experimental artist Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) with her scantily clad backup dancers to check out.
Weâ€™ll start this off by saying that stealing a bandâ€™s gear is pretty shitty, and itâ€™s always especially heartbreaking to hear about it happening on a festival weekend. Well thatâ€™s just how Danish punk rockers Iceage started their weekend, with someone swiping their guitars in Wicker Park on Thursday night (if you see something, say something). But this didnâ€™t stop the group from playing Sunday afternoon.