Monday, July 31, 2006

Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois - While the world continued its downward spiral into total chaos, bands from around the nation gathered for a weekend of the rock and/or roll for Pitchfork's Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park. i wasn't there, but Awesomeometer's Senior Chicagoland Indie Rock Correspondent, Osc, filed this report:

I was able to catch [Band of Horses] among others yesterday afternoon at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Really quick 30 minute set but the crowd was totally down and Ben the lead guy was very vocal and interactive w/ the crowd. Apparently they flew in from Seattle on a red-eye the night before and were "feeling pretty crazy".
Also got to see local Chicago band Chin Up, Chin Up who just signed to Suicide Squeeze a do their version of pretty catchy art-pop. Destroyer, led by Dan Bejar who's also in New Pornographers. Art Brut was great. Saw them few months ago. Great live show, I think lead singer Eddie Argos picked up where Bob Pollard left off in terms of commanding front-man stage presence/antics.
I've attached a few pics of the afternoon. Slap them on the blog if you feel like it.

Don't mind if i do, Osc!

Looks like the festival was a blast, Osc. Thank you for your report and the kick-assed pics. Big festival shows are a great place to be 6'4" with a digital camera.
Now close your eyes, dear readers, and listen to songs from some of the festival bands. We'll pretend we were all there.
Band of Horses: Wicked Gil
The National: Karen
The Silver Jews: How Can I Love You If You Won't Lie Down?
Destroyer: Painter In Your Pocket
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: Counting Down the Hours
Chin Up Chin Up: I'll Be Your Avalanche
Yo La Tengo: Dreaming (Blondie cover)
Art Brut: My Little Brother
Spoon: Take the Fifth
The Walkmen: We've Been Had

For actual first-hand accounts of the festivities, please check out these more credible blogs:
Gorilla vs. Bear
Veritas Lux Mea
You Ain't No Picasso
Marathon Packs
So Much Silence

And photosets on Flickr here and here. Hat tip to Pete for the Flickr links.
Check ya later.