Pitchfork Media announced the first round of artists for its -based that takes place July 18th – 20th. Dubbed as an “annual right of indie passage,” the Pitchfork Music Festival always brings some very solid acts to the streets of . This year is no different the serving up the , (Chk Chk Chk), M Ward, and the indie it band of the moment: .

One very cool feature has been the “Don’t Look Back” series in which a classic band plays one of its most influential or best albums in full on Friday night. Last year, they had doing Daydream Nation, and this year we have the pleasure of catching play its seminal album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.

More are on the way; read on for further details on and the initial line-up.

2008 initial :

Friday, July 18:
and All Tomorrow’s Parties present “Don’t Look Back”
performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
+ more, to be announced

Saturday, July 19:

+ many more!

Sunday, July 20:


El Guincho
+ many more!

This festival has had some notorious moments over the years, so if you here in Chicago, I don’t know why you wouldn’t go. If you are not a Chicagoan, you’ve got to know someone who will let you sleep on their couch for the weekend here in the Windy City.

go on sale this Wednesday, March 12th. Last year, this sold out a few weeks in advance of the event. are only $65 for a three-day pass, which in the festival world is remarkable some of the prices these events are charging. A two-day pass will run you $50, and a one-day pass just $30.