Pitchfork rounded out the lineup for its annual three-day Chicago festival and there’s a lot to like this year. I’ve said that this is one of the most interesting music festivals regardless of headliners. The up-and-coming early acts are often a highlight for me.
The biggest name added to the fest is M.I.A., who will play Sunday night before R. Kelly (at least that’s how the schedule appears now). Also joining the lineup are indie vets Yo La Tengo (Sunday) and the punk legends of Wire (Friday).
What really excites me are the additions of Woods, Frankie Rose and Mikal Cronin Friday; Parquet Courts and Metz Saturday; and Waxahatchee and Glass Candy Sunday. But there are a number of other highlights. See the full schedule here. The festival runs July 19-21.
It happened so quickly that I bet a lot of people missed it. But M.I.A. gave the finger to the Super Bowl crowd during her half-time performance with Madonna Sunday. It sounds to me like the word “shit” also got through the censors.
Here are a pair of new videos making the rounds. I tweeted both earlier. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments section.
There’s been a lot of cool music released lately (both songs and full albums). The Black Keys and Wolf Parade each released a pair of tracks to promote upcoming albums. The Hold Steady’s new album, Heaven Is Whenever, came out this week. Interpol, Crystal Castles and (in case you haven’t heard) M.I.A. released new songs. Here’s a grab bag of new stuff.
Check out M.I.A.’s new single Born Free.
The video features fascist soldiers rounding up red-headed boys and young men for torture. It’s a reaction to (allegedly) satirical campaigns to beat up red-headed kids, also known as gingers. It’s a brutal video.