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Pitchfork 2018 included breezy weather with a light mist of rainforest lusciousness in the middle of the city of Chicago.  To keep moving freely in and out of tents, fans donned their ponchos, rain gear, and umbrellas. Who knew dressing for the weather could make such a bold fashion statement?  Once you ducked away from the rain, your senses were delighted with the dusty smell of old books and the pages with ink dried from many moons ago.

Written by Tom Joens

The Japandroids, the two-man band from Vancouver, Canada consisting of Brian King on guitar and vocals and David Prowse on drums and vocals, wowed an appreciative crowd on Sunday night at the Pitchfork Music Festival.  I hope you were there to see their amazing performance.  If you closed your eyes, you thought you were hearing a six-piece band.  The intensity and pure noise of the Japandroids are overwhelming.

Written by Tom Joens

When Australian Alex Cameron began his late afternoon set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday if you didn't know anything about him and his band, you may have thought it was curious that a "lounge singer" was playing at Pitchfork.  You should have known that Cameron is best known for taking on the personality of a failed entertainer, both as part of his live performance and in the music that he has released.

Japanese Breakfast entertained a Sunday late afternoon crowd at the Pitchfork Music Festival with their high energy music.  Opening her set by exclaiming" "We're Japanese Breakfast and we're from Philadelphia!," lead singer/ songwriter Michelle Zauner's solo project impressed fans with a high energy stage presence and hard-hitting music.  Jumping around for her entire set, whether playing her guitar or not, Zauner's enthusiasm carried over to the audience, who clearly enjoyed

The War on Drugs rocked the Pitchfork Music Festival Saturday night to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.  The Philadelphia indie-rock band (which is what you would expect at Pitchfork) was ably led by front-man/co-founder/ primary songwriter/guitarist  Adam Granduciel, who did not speak to the crowd much during The War on Drug's hour-plus set, but rather let the music do the talking.  The music was carried by the rhythm section of Charlie Hall on drums and David H

With Pitchfork Music Festival's three stages and three days of music, it is tempting to do the impossible, try and see every act's full set. So our gratefulweb team who will be on-site this weekend has come up with, in no particular order, a list of must-sees to check out. 

It’s hard to figure out what's good when so much new material is coming at you. For the cerebral prestige partying crew, there is no room in the summer to simply spend money on bands that don’t matter.  With Pitchfork Music Festival right around the corner, let’s have some fun. Let’s play three truths and a lie. Can you guess which of these four fun facts are NOT true?

Two-person bands can make a lot of noise.  Examples include Twenty One Pilots, the Black Keys, Black Pistol Fire, and Matt and Kim.  And the Japandroids, a Canadian two-man band who are one of the headliners of the Pitchfork Music Festiva on Sunday, July 22nd at 7:45 p.m.

Indie-Rock Darling Courtney Barnett will be one of the Friday night headliners at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 20th.  The 30 year old Australian singer-songwriter quickly sold out last month's concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, so her fans who were disappointed because they were not able to attend that show will have the opportunity to see the singer live at Pitchfork.  Barnett is touring behind her second full length solo album, Tell Me How You

In its 13th years, Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park, Chicago for another three days of great music July 20th-22nd. Headliners include Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, War on Drugs, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Chaka Khan. With three stages and 40-plus acts scheduled, this festival offers attendees a full selection of emerging and well-known favorites to check out.

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