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Indie music lovers and/or hipsters will flock in droves to Union Park from around the city and the country to brave the heat and check out the seventh year of Pitchfork Music Festival. This year’s lineup has a little bit of something for everyone (read: not just indie rock bands of white, 20-something dudes), and the simultaneous bands offer something different depending on what you’re in the mood for. And thanks to the size and shape of Union Park, the fest’s three stages — Red, Green and Blue — are spaced far apart enough that simultaneous performances don’t interfere with one another, but also don’t have miles of lawn between them. So if you change your mind or realize you need a lemonade or else you’ll die of thirst, it won’t throw off your whole day. Check out our suggestions for a good way for you and your ears to have a good time.
Who to see on Day 1, Friday
The first day of the fest is the shortest one, so you can wean yourself onto the ear candy slowly, which you’ll need to do if you’ll be around all weekend. If you manage to duck out of work early and arrive when the gates open at 3pm on Friday, go over to the Blue Stage at 3:20 to see Frankie Rose of Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls fame because there’s nothing like some sweet, New Wave-tinged lo-fi to put you in a good mood. Stick around to see Trash Talk (4:15, Blue) even if hardcore Cali punk rock isn’t your cup of cola because the fact that they’re the only non-hip hop music on the Odd Future label bodes well.
For the next time slot you can choose between folk and folkier with the lo-fi, experimental Woods at the Red Stage at 5:30 and Angel Olsen at the Blue stage at 5:15. For the next slot Wire (6:25, Green), UK punk band who is still going strong decades after the release of their legendary debut Pink Flag (1977), should be an interesting show.
The last two artists are unparalleled and you can check them both out, you lucky dog. Master harpist, strange vocalist and pensive songwriter Joanna Newsom is playing at the Red stage at 7:20 and the sole headliner will be the wonderfully weird and genuinely genius Björk, performing at the Green stage at 8:30. The singer-songwriter is in her third decade of creating innovative and eclectic music and even kicking ass with some film and design projects of all kinds, more recently her 2011 interactive album/app series Biophilia.
Required Listening for Friday
1) Björk — “Army of Me”
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Photo of Björk By Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin