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official opinions: the perfect weekend for Pitchfork

Today marks the first day of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival! At only $45 per day (or $110 for the whole weekend) this 3-day festival featuring indie and alternative artists is a more affordable substitute for Lollapalooza scheduled for the beginning of August. I like going to Pitchfork for a variety of reasons, including their commitment to being environmentally green, but most important is the music. Pitchfork is a fantastic opportunity to hear new & up-and-coming bands before they’re really popular; besides the more well-known headliners, several of the acts that you see at Pitchfork actually end up playing Lolla a few years later.  What better place for a hipster to name drop?
If you’re going to trek down to Union Park for this beautiful weekend, or even just one of the days, be sure to check out these awesome groups:

Friday, July 13
-Feist- I LOVE this indie songbird who is headlining this year! Known for her hit single “1234,” her latest album Metals has a bit of a folky, country twang.
Japandroids– This noise rock duo reminds me of classic ’90s garage/punk bands with singable anthems and moshing potential. It’s amazing that only two guys can make such a big sound.

Alexis Krauss from Sleigh Bells

Saturday, July 14
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – One of the original post-rock bands, this headliner is returning from an “indefinite hiatus” to the delight of hipsters everywhere.
-Hot Chip – This eclectic, electropop group is known for breaking boundaries and flooding dance floors. Their 2008 single “Ready For The Floor” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
-Sleigh Bells – This hard-rocking duo is widely appreciated by a variety of music critics (and you’ll even like them too!) Check out their single “Rill Rill” from their latest album, Treats.

Sunday, July 15
-Vampire Weekend – A popular indie staple, this bouncy headliner ensures that all festival-goers end the night dancing. They’re known for a number of hits, including “Oxford Comma.”
Beach House – Even Jay-Z and Beyonce (supposedly) love this dream pop duo, whose third album, Team Dream, was listed as #5 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2010.
-Real Estate – Listening to this ultra-relaxed, indie pop band with a beer while sitting in the shade is the perfect way to chill out on a Sunday afternoon. One of my personal favorites is “It’s Real” off their album Days.

If you need any help planning your weekend try this PDF from Canright Communications.

A doppelganger of Stitely’s DJ Vince enjoying last year’s fest

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