Concert Preview: 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 - 21 in Union Park)

Concert Preview: 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 - 21 in Union Park)

This weekend, nearly fifty artists and fifty thousand people converge upon Union Park on Chicago's west side as the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival gets underway... 

Since 2006, the fine people at Pitchfork have done their best to curate one of the city's most interesting music festivals.

As the summer festival landscape in Chicago begins to crowd, Pitchfork continues to offer as diverse an array of artists as any festival in the city (certainly more so than Lollapalooza).

With bookings that span electronic, alternative, indie rock, rap, dance and more, the 2013 festival actually closes with one of the more controversial choices in its history:  an R&B singer, Chicago native and once alleged pedophile (he was eventually acquitted) in one Robert Sylvester Kelly (better known as R. Kelly).

In 2011, the festival received its fair share of criticism, along with on site protests, in response to a scheduled performance by hip hop outfit Odd Future so it's kind of surprising that a controversial booking is still surprising.

But alas, this seems to be the hot topic as the 2013 festival gets underway... which is a shame because there's a lot of other great music taking place this weekend that's worth your time.

Here's a few artists I'm looking forward to at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival...

Friday, July 19, 2013

HeadlinerBjörk (8:30PM, Green Stage)

Wire (6:25PM, Green Stage) - The godfathers of post-punk, it should be interesting to see how the English rockers translate in the festival setting as they tour in support of new material (March's Change Becomes Us).

The Breeders - Last Splash - album cover art

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Headliner - Belle & Sebastian (8:30PM, Green Stage)

Notable - Solange (7:25PM, Red), Low (6:45PM, Blue), ...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead (3:20PM, Blue)

The Breeders (6:15PM, Green Stage) - Following her recent departure from the Pixies, it's clear Kim Deal is focused on her longtime alternative side project.  Fueled by the once ubiquitous "Cannon Ball," a full performance of their 1993 classic Last Splash ought to be just the late afternoon cool off the Pitchfork Music Festival will need with high temps expected all weekend.

Pissed Jeans (1:45PM, Red Stage) - Every year there's a reason to get to the Pitchfork Music Festival bright and early... This year, one of those reasons is Pennsylvania hardcore punk rockers, Pissed Jeans.  Riding high on major buzz from just about everyone following this year's South By Southwest fest in Austin, Texas, the incendiary noise rockers are typically touted as a must see live act.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Headliner - R. Kelly (8:30PM, Green Stage)

Notable - MIA (7:25PM, Red), Toro y Moi (6:15PM, Green), Killer Mike (2:30PM, Green)

Yo La Tengo (4:15PM, Green Stage) - With a slight nod toward rap on Sunday, Yo La Tengo will offer a much needed burst of guitar on the final day of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival.  Hoboken, New Jersey's finest, critical darlings and cult favorites, the cream of the proverbial indie rock crop play early in the afternoon on Sunday.  Touring in support of their thirteenth studio album (January's Fade), they've been at it for almost thirty years and possess an impressive arsenal of covers they're seldom afraid to unload in the live setting.

- Jim Ryan

(Details on the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival after the jump)

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2013 Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park

1501 West Randolph

Chicago, IL 60606

CTA: Green Line to Ashland/Lake station or #9 Ashland buses

Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21

Gates open at 3PM on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday

All Ages

Tickets: $50 per day

Click HERE to purchase tickets

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