Frontier Psychiatrist

Less Talk, More Talk: Pitchfork Music Festival Preview

Posted on: July 11, 2012

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This weekend, Chicago’s West Loop will be flooded with hipsters, blipsters, hoopsters, indie rockers, bloggers, “creative types” and music fans. The Eighth Annual Pitchfork Music Festival is upon us. In our continuing effort to bring you firsthand reviews of the year’s best fests, FP will be well represented at Union Park. This year will be our first covering the festival, and we couldn’t be more pumped. The lineup is proof that this a festival for serious music listeners, with a stacked list of top acts in independent music.

FP favorites such as The Men, Clams Casino, Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon, Kendrick Lamar, Lower Dens, Schoolboy Q, Nicolas Jaar, Cloud Nothings, Iceage, Oneothronix Point Never and Unknown Mortal Orchestra stuff the bill, with room to spare for new-to-most bands. Many gallons of web ink has been spilled over these faves, so we’re going to give some focus to several up-and-comers who deserve your attention and schedule space.

5. Outer Minds

A Hozac Records special, Outer Minds bring the current interest in garage rock and mashes it with the most psychedelic flourishes of Mamas and the Papas. It’s much better than that, I promise. Stream their latest Southpaw LP on their bandcamp.

4. The Atlas Moth

Another Chicago band, sludge realists The Atlas Moth bring familiarity and humanity to the most glacial stoner metal this side of the Mississippi. The Atlas Moth, along with their Georgian contemporaries Baroness, show a new generation of pop-metal coming into its own. Check out their newest An Ache for the Distance on their bandcamp. While you’re at it, spin Baroness’ excellent new record Yellow & Green at NPR.

3. King Krule

This bleak British teenager is a generation’s Billy Bragg, given James Blake is that same generation’s Peter Gabriel. With haunting and relatable lo fi tracks, Krule cuts to the heart of the matter by letting the mood and cockney English speak for itself. His latest, self-titled EP is a fantastic debut, filled with depth, promise and head nods.

2. Purity Ring

Think Beach House with a dub groove. Also, they play a mad scientist light apparatus. What more do you need?

1. Milk Music

This list wouldn’t be complete without a big guitar presence. Fortunately, Milk Music has brought the goods. Clearly sons of Dinosaur Jr. and fIREHORSE, Milk Music isn’t as milky as they are natural, a sound that’s increasingly more enticing as synthpop bands grow increasingly more stale.

Lastly, enjoy a full playlist of all the songs we hope to hear this weekend.


Peter Lillis is Managing Editor of Frontier Psychiatrist. He looks forward to telling you about all the great music you missed.


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