Pitchfork 2008 | Festival Preview, Two Three-Day Passes Contest

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Oh to be young, a music fan and live in Chicago; for the next three weeks there are more bands, festivals and concerts coming through this city than I know what to do with. Some will be missed but I’m sure Mitch and I will get in our fair share over the next month or so and hopefully we won’t be burned out like Justin was after SXSW.

The Pitchfork Music Festival is kicking off the malay this weekend and should be a great two and a half days of music. There seems to be a festival almost every weekend until the end of the summer that we’ll be covering and to make things more fluid and familiar, LMB will keep all the previews looking somewhat the same as Whitperson’s All Good Preview.

Personally, I am pumped about Pitchfork because there are a number of bands I have yet to see and some that I can’t wait to see again. LMB is here to make a few suggestions and maybe someone’s weekend. Its a big event that’s nearly sold out but if you follow the jump you may be able to win yourself some three day passes.


With a special thanks to Boost Mobile and The Fader we are offering a pair of sold out three-day passes to the Pitchfork Music Festival 2008. All you have to do for us is post a little comment. Tell LMB your biggest festival “misadventure” from any festival you’ve been to and the best story will win the passes.

Make sure you put a working email down and we’ll alert you tomorrow evening if you are the winner. We’ll take submissions until tomorrow at 3pm. If its really embarrassing, post a comment saying that and I’ll get back to you personally; you can then share in a confessional style. And now back to the music.

File Under: Americana

Fleet Foxes Saturday 3pm
Rarely does a band get as much positive press as the Fleet Foxes have; I hope that their live show lives up to all the press. From what I’ve listened to, their lo-fi folk sound is really difficult not to be drawn to. The Fleet Foxes have sold out their last three shows and are one of the bands to see this weekend. Just listen to this amazing show from the Black Cat in DC that NPR has running on its site.

M Ward Sunday 6pm
M Ward has really dug out a place for himself in the folk tradition. From his heralded shows with Jim James to the new project with Zooey Deschanel, She & Him, he is all over the musical map and personally I like his solo stuff more than anything else. His live show should be well attended and I’m pretty excited to see “Him” once again.

Bon Iver Sunday 7:30pm
Another group that has been loved by all in recent months and word has it they killed at SXSW so I’m especially excited to see these guys. The best part about Bon Iver’s sound is the soul influence in their music are really strong. A good folksy band with a strong blues/soul roots is hard to deny and the excitement to see these guys is definitely building.

The Hold Steady Saturday 7pm
Truthfully I have had few bands grow on me like The Hold Steady. The fact that I was a huge Soul Coughing fan back in middle school and Craig Finn’s voice oddly reminds me of M. Doughty could be a contributing factor but really I can’t put a finger on it. Always known for an inspired, rocking show The Hold Steady are definitely one of my picks for set of the weekend.

File Under: Dance Party

Cut Copy Sunday 8:25pm
Was lucky to catch Cut Copy’s sold out show back in early May and it was a heater. Though it will be a long weekend I will be getting down to the new wave sounds of these Aussies on Sunday. There isn’t a lot of instrumentation in their live show but if you produce music that makes standing still impossible, I don’t care what you play.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Saturday 6pm
I love how !!! is playing Camp Bisco the day before they play at Pitchfork. That’s like going on a date with Jerry Garcia the day before you go on a date with Lou Reed. Just goes to show you that their music’s got mass appeal! I promise to shout out, “How was Camp Bisco!?”, during a lull.

Dizzee Rascal Saturday 4pm
The grime king’s latest, Math & English, is an awesome mix of booty bass and very current electronica. The live show is supposed to be a scene: part rock show, part rave. Dizzee Rascal should be one of the most original and interesting shows of the weekend.

File Under: Impossibly Hip

Vampire Weekend Saturday 5pm
I’ve been listening to Vampire Weekend’s live KEXP show for sometime now and really think their sound transitions well to the live setting. I missed these guys when they last stopped through Chicago and am pumped to see them at Pitchfork. Our friend Drew posted a great review of a show down in FLA about a month back. Check it out if you have any reservations.

HEALTH Sunday 2:20pm
Oozing LA style is how I would describe the band HEALTH. The noise rock group delved into the dance arena this year with their own HEALTH//DISCO take on songs already banged out in the previous LP. I saw the noise rock version in February and was pleasantly intrigued. I’m thinking this will be a set that keeps me interested in the group or leads me away from them altogether.

Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Sunday 6pm
What can I say about two of my favorite members of the Wu Tang Clan; resilient, smooth (for the Chef)/relentless (for Ghost) and legendary that’s what. This show is gonna be so hot and there’s is no doubt in my mind that both these giants will want to leave Union Park knowing they blew everyone away.

File Under: Utter Brilliance

All Tomorrow’s Parties/Don’t Look Back Friday Night
6:00 p.m. Mission of Burma performing Vs.
7:15 p.m. Sebadoh performing Bubble and Scrape
8:30 p.m. Public Enemy performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Dirty Projectors Sunday 1:30pm
I’ve been blown away by this band ever since I caught them “accidentally” when I went to see No Kids. Dave Longstreth will be remembered for a long time as a genius of his art. They’re live show was something special and I’m not sure I fully realized it when I caught them last. This may be the show I am most excited to see.

Animal Collective Saturday 9pm
Mind bending and revolutionary in the studio, Animal Collective is equally great on stage. The first show I saw in Chicago last September it was a perfect mirror for moving to a new place. Their show is exciting, unfamiliar and impossible not to enjoy. As the Saturday headliner, they could be the show of the weekend.

Here’s to a great weekend of summertime live music in the city…

Pitchfork Music Festival Schedule and Stages

A = Aluminum Stage;
B = Balance Stage;
C = Connector Stage
View site map here.

Friday, July 18 (in conjunction with All Tomorrow’s Parties/Don’t Look Back):
6:00 p.m. Mission of Burma performing Vs. (C)
7:15 p.m. Sebadoh performing Bubble and Scrape (C)
8:30 p.m. Public Enemy performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (A)

Saturday, July 19:
12:30 p.m. Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar (B)
1:00 p.m. Titus Andronicus (C)
1:25 p.m. A Hawk and a Hacksaw (B)
1:30 p.m. Jay Reatard (A)
2:00 p.m. Caribou (C)
2:20 p.m. Icy Demons (B)
3:00 p.m. Fleet Foxes (A)
3:15 p.m. Fuck Buttons (B)
4:00 p.m. Dizzee Rascal (C)
4:15 p.m. The Ruby Suns (B)
5:00 p.m. Vampire Weekend (A)
5:20 p.m. Elf Power (B)
6:00 p.m. !!! (C)
6:25 p.m. Extra Golden (B)
7:00 p.m. The Hold Steady (A)
7:30 p.m. Atlas Sound (B)
8:00 p.m. Jarvis Cocker (C)
8:25 p.m. No Age (B)
9:00 p.m. Animal Collective (A)

Sunday, July 20:
12:30 p.m. Mahjongg (B)
1:00 p.m. Times New Viking (C)
1:25 p.m. High Places (B)
1:30 p.m. Dirty Projectors (A)
2:00 p.m. Boris (C)
2:20 p.m. HEALTH (B)
3:00 p.m. The Apples in Stereo (A)
3:15 p.m. King Khan & the Shrines (B)
4:00 p.m. Les Savy Fav (C)
5:00 p.m. The Dodos (A)
5:20 p.m. Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (B)
6:00 p.m. M. Ward (C)
6:25 p.m. Ghostface Killah & Raekwon (B)
7:00 p.m. Spiritualized (A)
7:30 p.m. Bon Iver (B)
8:00 p.m. Dinosaur Jr. (C)
8:25 p.m. Cut Copy (B)
9:00 p.m. Spoon (A)

  • kari

    cut copy is going to set union park on firrrre

  • kari

    cut copy is going to set union park on firrrre

  • Chris

    I prefer the confessional, but I will give you the recipe for my ‘misadventure':

    Lollapalooza ’06:
    Me, a random girl, a mutual ice grill, mild physical attraction, some cursory flirtation, my friends bathroom.

  • Chris

    I prefer the confessional, but I will give you the recipe for my ‘misadventure':

    Lollapalooza ’06:
    Me, a random girl, a mutual ice grill, mild physical attraction, some cursory flirtation, my friends bathroom.

  • Leilani

    My hubbie and I were going to go to Pitchfork but couldnt scrape together the funds.

    Bon Iver is just one dude’s project and he is totally amazing. It’ll prolly be just him and his guitar, but you never know…

    ICY DEMONS = utter brilliance. You absolutely CANNOT miss their set. They are the closest thing to Frank Zappa (aside from Umph) that’s out there right now. Christopher Powell of Man Man is one of its members. I expect to come back to your site and find a full report. ;)

  • Leilani

    My hubbie and I were going to go to Pitchfork but couldnt scrape together the funds.

    Bon Iver is just one dude’s project and he is totally amazing. It’ll prolly be just him and his guitar, but you never know…

    ICY DEMONS = utter brilliance. You absolutely CANNOT miss their set. They are the closest thing to Frank Zappa (aside from Umph) that’s out there right now. Christopher Powell of Man Man is one of its members. I expect to come back to your site and find a full report. ;)

  • jglynn

    Well, a Grateful Dead run was about as festive an event could be without being a festival so let’s just call the 1990 Atlanta April Fools run a festival of sorts. Spring break was coming and it looked like I was going to be able to hit the Omni run without missing any classes (not that that ever stopped me from hitting a GD show back in the day). Problem was that I didn’t have a car so I put a little sign up on a bulletin board at school and ended up getting approached by a guy in one of my classes who I hadn’t yet talked to. He had a car and another rider and was willing to make the drive down. We were set. I should have gotten a little bit worried when he picked me up at 1 in the morning to head down to Atlanta when his car died in front of my house and we had to push start it. Ah screw it, we soldiered on…

    The trip down to Atlanta was fairly uneventful but we were met with a mob scene in Atlanta. No parking anywhere near the Omni so we ended up in a neighborhood a few blocks away where the super friendly locals let us park on their lawns and in their driveways for a few bucks. Excellent! We made it into the show that night barely, we were able to get sets of tickets for the first two nights but night 3 was still up in the air. As we headed back to the car flying high it appeared that something was amiss. All the neighborhood folks were out on their porches drinking beer and kicking back as we approached and realized that every car on the block had been broken into. We lost our radio, food and about 8 cases of beer which we had planned on selling over the next couple of nights. This was our big investment and was going to pay for our trip home. The neighbors all explained that they went inside for awhile and they came out to “see some kids stealing stuff and chased them away”. Odd that they were drinking our beer but we weren’t going to call the cops as they hadn’t exactly taken everything.

    Well we made it through night two unscathed and by night 3 we were hungry and looking for another ticket. I had about $65 left and the guys I was with also said they had enough money to get home. Additionally the driver had an Amoco card which we could use for some food and gas on the way home. In the madness of the crowd I managed to find a scalper who would sell me a ticket for $50 which was a lot of money for a ticket back then and more than I should spend but I was desperate and everyone wanted that ticket so I grabbed it. As I was preparing to head in I found my two companions and found out that they had scored tickets as well. Good news except that we had about $30 between us to get back to Chicago. Crap. Well the show rocked. We got back to the campground and hit the road for Chicago the next morning with a little bit of gas in the tank.

    There weren’t a lot of Amoco’s on that ride home. As a matter of fact by the time we were halfway through Tennessee we had no money and a few drops of gas left. Not a very good situation. As we pulled off the highway at a truckstop in Whitehouse Tennessee we felt something snap and the car began dragging on the back tire. We limped into the truckstop and took a look at the car. The leaf spring was snapped. The car was shot. We were stuck. I found a phone and got a friend to wire me all his money. About $150. In the mean time, the guy who owned the car had made a deal with a few of the guys who worked at the truck stop to buy the car for $100 and a ride to Nashville so we could take Greyhound home. We had just enough money to buy some tickets to get home. We spent a few hours hanging around the truck stop talking to local characters and I got a ride to Western Union to pick up the cash. Of course, we had to do a little sweet talking and help these guys get in the mood but we made some good friends and ended up in a trailer park for some dinner before piling in this guys car for a crazy ride through the mountains to the Greyhound station. We arrived just in time to get on a bus home and made it with change in our pockets and a ton of stories to tell from that trip, most of which I can really only tell you over a beer in a bar some night. Ah, the good Ol Grateful Dead!

  • jglynn

    Well, a Grateful Dead run was about as festive an event could be without being a festival so let’s just call the 1990 Atlanta April Fools run a festival of sorts. Spring break was coming and it looked like I was going to be able to hit the Omni run without missing any classes (not that that ever stopped me from hitting a GD show back in the day). Problem was that I didn’t have a car so I put a little sign up on a bulletin board at school and ended up getting approached by a guy in one of my classes who I hadn’t yet talked to. He had a car and another rider and was willing to make the drive down. We were set. I should have gotten a little bit worried when he picked me up at 1 in the morning to head down to Atlanta when his car died in front of my house and we had to push start it. Ah screw it, we soldiered on…

    The trip down to Atlanta was fairly uneventful but we were met with a mob scene in Atlanta. No parking anywhere near the Omni so we ended up in a neighborhood a few blocks away where the super friendly locals let us park on their lawns and in their driveways for a few bucks. Excellent! We made it into the show that night barely, we were able to get sets of tickets for the first two nights but night 3 was still up in the air. As we headed back to the car flying high it appeared that something was amiss. All the neighborhood folks were out on their porches drinking beer and kicking back as we approached and realized that every car on the block had been broken into. We lost our radio, food and about 8 cases of beer which we had planned on selling over the next couple of nights. This was our big investment and was going to pay for our trip home. The neighbors all explained that they went inside for awhile and they came out to “see some kids stealing stuff and chased them away”. Odd that they were drinking our beer but we weren’t going to call the cops as they hadn’t exactly taken everything.

    Well we made it through night two unscathed and by night 3 we were hungry and looking for another ticket. I had about $65 left and the guys I was with also said they had enough money to get home. Additionally the driver had an Amoco card which we could use for some food and gas on the way home. In the madness of the crowd I managed to find a scalper who would sell me a ticket for $50 which was a lot of money for a ticket back then and more than I should spend but I was desperate and everyone wanted that ticket so I grabbed it. As I was preparing to head in I found my two companions and found out that they had scored tickets as well. Good news except that we had about $30 between us to get back to Chicago. Crap. Well the show rocked. We got back to the campground and hit the road for Chicago the next morning with a little bit of gas in the tank.

    There weren’t a lot of Amoco’s on that ride home. As a matter of fact by the time we were halfway through Tennessee we had no money and a few drops of gas left. Not a very good situation. As we pulled off the highway at a truckstop in Whitehouse Tennessee we felt something snap and the car began dragging on the back tire. We limped into the truckstop and took a look at the car. The leaf spring was snapped. The car was shot. We were stuck. I found a phone and got a friend to wire me all his money. About $150. In the mean time, the guy who owned the car had made a deal with a few of the guys who worked at the truck stop to buy the car for $100 and a ride to Nashville so we could take Greyhound home. We had just enough money to buy some tickets to get home. We spent a few hours hanging around the truck stop talking to local characters and I got a ride to Western Union to pick up the cash. Of course, we had to do a little sweet talking and help these guys get in the mood but we made some good friends and ended up in a trailer park for some dinner before piling in this guys car for a crazy ride through the mountains to the Greyhound station. We arrived just in time to get on a bus home and made it with change in our pockets and a ton of stories to tell from that trip, most of which I can really only tell you over a beer in a bar some night. Ah, the good Ol Grateful Dead!

  • Leilani

    My bad — I forgot a story. Not that I can make it to Chi-town this weekend, but will share for the hell of it.

    After an all-night bender at Langerado, my hubbie and one of his friends were wandering the grounds at around 8 in the morning trying to find the campsite of another friend of ours. It was at Big Cypress, you know, so it was a seemingly impossible mission seeing as they didnt really know where the campsite was. So my hubbie began yelling his friend’s name and totally randomly, after about the third time, said friend camp busting out of a nearby port-o-pottie and yells, “What?!?” Priceless.

  • Leilani

    My bad — I forgot a story. Not that I can make it to Chi-town this weekend, but will share for the hell of it.

    After an all-night bender at Langerado, my hubbie and one of his friends were wandering the grounds at around 8 in the morning trying to find the campsite of another friend of ours. It was at Big Cypress, you know, so it was a seemingly impossible mission seeing as they didnt really know where the campsite was. So my hubbie began yelling his friend’s name and totally randomly, after about the third time, said friend camp busting out of a nearby port-o-pottie and yells, “What?!?” Priceless.