Pitchfork released a bunch of videos from its Chicago festival performances last weekend. Among my favorite sets of the weekend: Savages, Metz, Woods, Foxygen, Trash Talk, Yo La Tengo and Mac DeMarco. I don’t promote a lot of hip hop but I really liked Chicago’s Tree. More than any other band, Savages lived up to my high expectations.
The biggest draw at Pitchfork Sunday is headliner R. Kelly. But Sunday (a day full of hip hop acts) also presents a chance to catch rising indie stars Foxygen and Waxahatchee. Yo La Tengo also plays in the afternoon.
My festival highlights, so far: Savages, Metz, Woods and Trash Talk. More on this later.
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.
There are a number of things that make a Yo La Tengo live show great. First, the band has an incredible catalog dating back to the ’80s. You’re likely to hear extended versions of some classic songs and these guys always throw in some unexpected covers, ranging from Johnny Cash to the Rolling Stones to Devo. Yo La Tengo plays the Vic tonight. The band will be playing some songs off its very good new release, Fade. See the video below for (most of) a recent set played in Seattle. The show kicked off with a smoking Stones cover.
Yo La Tengo plans to put out a new album, Fade, in January. Here’s a video for the song Before We Run, which will be on the new release.
Yo La Tengo opens as its alter ego the Condo Fucks. Yo La released an album of garage covers last year called Fuckbook. (In 1990, Yo La recorded an album consisting of mostly covers called Fakebook. Too many inside jokes.)
To build on the gag, a mock history of the band was invented. So the Condo Fucks hail from Connecticut (Straight Outta Connecticut). Check out the short documentary below.
There are a number of highlights on Wilco’s live performance at Coney Island last summer, one of two live shows the band is letting fans download in return for Haiti aid donations.
The other download is a show in London in November. The Brooklyn show includes sets with Yo La Tengo (jamming on Spiders), Feist and Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear.
Go here to get the downloads and details about donations. The band is asking that you donate at least $15 to one of two relief organizations.