Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper head strong Pitchfork lineup

In its 10th year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is delivering one of its strongest lineups. Having been there at the beginning and attending every year since, I can honestly say this year’s fest (July 17-19) in Chicago’s Union Park ranks high.

I’ve often wondered why Wilco didn’t play past Pitchfork festivals. Chicago’s best band should play the city’s preeminent music fest. Wilco headlines Friday night and, as I write this, tickets for that day are still for sale. I’d say that won’t last long, though.

The reunited Sleater-Kinney plays Saturday night and that’s one of the more exciting acts to headline the second night in recent years. Sticking with a theme of having a hip hop artist close Sunday night, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper will headline the fest’s final day.

While I’m excited about this year’s headliners, the best part of the festival is watching the earlier acts. Among the highlights: The awesome rap duo Run the Jewels precedes Chance on Sunday. Some of the earliest sets include some incredible bands, including Viet Cong on Sunday and Protomartyr on Saturday. Don’t miss either set! Ex Hex, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Iceage, Steve Gunn, Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, Ariel Pink and Todd Terje are atop my must-see list.

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