Pitchfork Music Festival's lineup is always on point. This festival showcases the hottest acts in indie music and has a docket jam packed with artists on the verge of breaking through to the big time. This year's festival, which occurs July 19-21 in West Loop's Union Park, has incredible headliners. Icelandic siren Björk takes the stage Friday night. Scottish pop rockers Belle and Sebastian round things out on Saturday and that R. Kelly fellow, headlining the final night of the fest, has a few hits under his belt, too.
But if you're wondering how to fill the rest of your days in Union Park, it won't be hard. Catch these acts before they blow up.
Solange, Saturday, July 20 at 7:25 p.m.
Anyone who shares a family tree with Beyoncé is bound to have two things: style and a voice. That's exactly what little sister Solange brings to the table. And while it might be easy to compare this songstress to her Billboard chart-topping big sis, Solange's sound is quite different. She's a soulful singer who prefers gritty, raw drums loops to glossy production. It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to cut loose and dance, but not, like, in a frenzied bachelorette party kind of way (read: "Single Ladies"). Solange plays the Red Stage Saturday, July 20, at 7:25 p.m.
Savages, Saturday July 20 at 4:15 p.m.
If you're a sucker for a pretty, punk rock girl with a guitar, you'll definitely want to check out Savages. Don't be mistaken though. The music from this all female group from London, England, has more than just a pretty face. As aggressive as it is masterfully composed, the band's debut album Silence Yourself has garnered attention from fans and critics a like in the band's home continent as well as across the pond. Savages play on the Green Stage Saturday, July 20, at 4:15 p.m.
Killer Mike, Sunday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Killer Mike and El-P perform at different times and on different stages during the final day of Pitchfork Music Festival, but the two underground rappers are so closely related within the scene through touring and collaborations that we're assuring you that you can't see one's set without catching the other's. Pushing 40 years of age, they've both been in the game for a long time. In fact, Killer Mike made his debut on fellow Atlanta natives Outkast's "Snappin' and Trappin'" off their 2000 album Stankonia. Killer Mike plays on the Green Stage on Sunday, July 21, at 2:30 p.m.
El-P, Sunday, July 21 at 3:20 p.m.
El-P compliments Mike's southern flow with his urban stylings, a product of growing up in NYC. They released two of 2012's most praised hip hop albums - Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music and El-P's Cancer 4 Cure - and will release a free joint EP under the moniker Run The Jewels on June 26. El-P performs on Sunday, July 21 at 3:20 p.m. on the Red Stage.
Toro y Moi, Sunday, July 21 at 6:15 p.m.
Remember a couple years ago when "chillwave" was all the rage? Even if you don't, it's okay. Toro y Moi took the churning, dance-driven beats of chillwave and turned them on their head. His most recent album Anything In Return released earlier this year draws from genres all across the board including electronica, jazz, house and folk. It's a good listen and we're excited to see these new songs in a live setting. Toro y Moi plays on the Green Stage Sunday, July 21, at 6:15 p.m.
TNGHT, Sunday July 21 at 8:45 p.m.
TNGHT is the product of a collaboration between producers/DJs Hudson Mohawke of Scottland and Lunice from Canada. The duo has been in the headlines lately after their song "R U Ready" was sampled on "Blood on the Leaves," a track off Kanye West's new album Yeezus. As one of the few DJ performances of the weekend TNGHT will definitely get some booties bouncing with their trap and house music inspired sets. TNGHT plays the Blue Stage Sunday, July 21, at 8:45 p.m.
Three day passes for Pitchfork Musical are sold out but single day passes for all three days are still on sale for $50 each.
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