The Pitchfork Music Festival (this weekend) boasts a great lineup — one of the strongest in years for the Chicago fest. Check out the full lineup here. It was hard to produce a list that narrows the 10 must-see acts but here’s what I came up with:
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.
There were strong contenders for top albums of the year. Any of the top five albums I named would easily slide into the No. 1 spot. Here are the top 20 albums of 2014. The top 20 includes some old favorites and a handful of debuts.
20. Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita.
19. Tweedy – Sukierae.
18. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream.
17. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2.
16. The Fresh & Onlys – House of Spirits.
15. Dum Dum Girls – Cult of Love.
14. Mozes and the Firstborn – Mozes and the Firstborn.