For the past ten years, Pitchfork Music Festival has graced the grasses of western Chicago’s Union Park. In this this year 2015, although the weather proved to be relentlessly hot and hit by unpredictable storms, the festival made it through and put on one of its best years yet.
Day 1: This year, each day felt very diverse, the lineup featured a little something for everyone. The festival started with the performance of endearing Mac DeMarco, a musician there to have fun and party as much as the audience. DeMarco found ways to manifest the not-giving-a-fuck image of himself through his onstage antics, cracking about his tobacco use (cigarette tucked in his capo), telling the audience that he has a new album coming out and he doesn’t care if they download a leak, anddelicating his cover of the Steely Dan hit “Reelin’ In The Years”.
Noah Lenox’s Panda Bear navigated from a clam electronic rhythm that can be quite lovely to an assortment of disruptive screeching pitches.Standing alone on stage surrounded by the sound system and synthesizer with colorful sets of wires, Panda Bear’s minimalist stance may have beenthe best served at the dawn.
Day 2: Perhaps the most notable event of the day was the catastrophic thunderstorm that began swallowing the town before the Ex Hex set. Pitchfork cut short due to the severity of the storm and the following evacuation of Union Park. You may feel bad for this band, there is a huge stage for the garage rock trio out of D.C and one well-suited style. So everybody wanted more Ex Hex next time?
Kurt Vile‘s set was slightly affected by the storm, which started a little after the park’s reopening at 4:20pm. Vile provided the perfect follow-up to the weather with his palatable music on a rainy day. He might have been the standout rock performance of the festival by the insistence of the 10-minute-long “Goldtone”.
Day 3: It’s like Dan Snaith has never performed a bad show in his life, Caribou was no different. It had everything you would want out ofelectronica. While Snaith performs with a full backing band, Caribou knows how to work the crowd – they’re technically breathtaking. Every electronic show should take a page from Caribou.
Finally, Chance the Rapper held court in an historic night in his young career. This youthful local hero from West Chatham neighborhood smoothly illustrated his interest and talent in a wide range of music. In total, Chance the Rapper merged gospel, rap, and R&B idioms while reminding the audience that we are one big family.
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