Photo by Bruce
There’s a great rock ‘n’ roll lineup at Beat Kitchen Friday.
Headliner Night Beats put out a cool (and recommended) album, Who Sold My Generation, earlier this year.
Recently, I’ve been immersed in the Mystery Lights, which just put out its self-titled debut album last month. These guys are a blast. Definitely try to catch these guys as well.
Opening for both bands is the promising Chicago group the Evening Attraction.
Every year there’s a debate over “last year was better” or “this year is lame,” but there’s always something for everyone at Pitchfork’s Chicago music festival.
Here’s is my primer and personal picks.
Also, check out the after shows.
I would absolutely get to the park early to see Car Seat Headrest, the first band at 3:30 p.m.
Whitney is a personal favorite. I’d love to hear those syrupy sweet pop songs — from the recently released debut album — performed live.
Finally, see a piece of musical history when Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds.
I won’t miss a minute of Woods, one of my favorite bands.
New (yet old-school) jazz great Kamasi Washington plays later in the afternoon. This is one of the must-see highlights.
The closer options are FKA Twigs on the main stage and Oneohtrix Point Never on the often-interesting (blue) side stage.
Just two years ago, FKA Twigs was playing on the side stage opposite St. Vincent on a Saturday night of Pitchfork. So if you missed her then, here’s another chance.
Hval is an interesting experimental artist. Check her out at Constellation Friday.
And listen to the new single Female Vampire.
If you don’t believe me, ask Jeff Tweedy: “Great guitars, great lyrics, great melodies … what more could you possibly want,” Tweedy wrote on Twitter recently.
Sharon Van Etten also is a fan.
Big Thief’s music reminds me a little of Van Etten but it also recalls Jason Molina in parts, including on the title track. There’s a lot of pop, rock, country and folk to please a lot of musical palates.
Check out the band at Space in Evanston Wednesday.
These guys already played at least two shows in Chicago this year. The gig at Space is a headlining slot.
Mark Sultan has an uncanny ability to keep churning out very good, old-school garage rock. Once better-known as BBQ when collaborating with his friend King Khan, Sultan is doing his solo thing this summer, which includes a stop at Chicago’s East Room August 1.
Listen to a new song, Believe Me, which will be released on a record in the coming months.