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Bobby Evers writesSame Time, Next Year: My 12 Years of Going To Pitchfork (Part 2)

written by Bobby Evers

On the second day of Pitchfork, my true love gave to me...a brief evacuation and a warning of a heat advisory.

As of this past July, I have been coming to Pitchfork for 12 years. I guess technically that is actually 13 festivals. I first heard of the festival in 2007 when my then-girlfriend Laura suggested we drive down to Chicago to see it. Iron & Wine. Cat Power. Even Yoko Ono, definitely a bucket list, must-see-before-you-die personality.

In 2007 I was in a rut; I was a year out of my college bubble, living “in real life” in a small city in Minnesota, not a lot of friends or job prospects, creatively stunted. I knew I needed a change. I had a college friend in Chicago named Stevo who said we could stay with him while we were in town for the fest. He also said there was going to be a room opening up in their apartment and I should definitely consider moving to Chicago. That sounded like too much at the time, but I assured him I would keep it in mind.

The plan was to drive from Rochester, MN to Appleton, WI in my car, hang out a day or two at Laura’s, then drive in Laura’s car to Chicago for the fest. I remember making a road mix that earnestly featured Sufjan Stevens song “Chicago” prominently. When I got to Troy street just south of Diversey, I was blown away by how picturesque the brownstones were, shaded under a line of tall trees. What if this was my street? I wondered. We found out that Stevo had not gotten a ticket for himself to attend the fest with us, and we would have to find our own way there. We were too nervous to drive there and didn’t want to deal with figuring out the deeply complex and unnavigable CTA (transferring from one line to another? Surely we would mess it up somehow). In our defense, for whatever reason that particular weekend the pink line wasn’t stopping at the Ashland stop, so taking the train seemed out of the question anyway.

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Bobby Evers writesSame Time, Next Year: My 12 Years of Going To Pitchfork (Part 1)

written by Bobby Evers

On the first day of Pitchfork, my true love gave to me...a warning of a heat advisory. Over the years, I’ve come to think of Pitchfork Music Fest as the Christmas of Summer, and there are many parallels. Very music-heavy! Lots of seasonal fatty foods! Holiday specific fashion choices! Rituals that oscillate between tired cliches and sacred traditions (sometimes simultaneously!) And of course, being around your dear ones. At least that is what the experience has been for me; show up, see who I run into.

This year was no different; I dashed out of the office at about 2 pm, ready to find my friends, and hopped on the 66 bus to Ashland, waited just a few moments for that bus going South, and immediately saw people in festival clothes: band t’s with loud colors, sunglasses, fanny packs. Typically, there’s no one I really care to see during the first slot of the Friday portion of the festival, which is probably a tough spot for a working musician.

I’ll sometimes walk the less than 2-mile distance from my work to Union Park, since it’s a straight shot down Ogden once you get that far West. But, the aforementioned heat advisory made me think I should bus it. Embarrassingly, I didn’t plan my stop correctly and ended up having to backtrack on foot a bit to the vendor entrance (as a CHIRP volunteer, I am able to get in through the vendor entrance (all three days if you play your cards right) which is even further south than the main entrance). I say embarrassingly because I feel after 12 years I should have the bus stops on Ashland memorized by now. Alas.

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William Lennon writesPitchfork 2016 Is Almost Here!

So far, it’s been a rough year for these great United States. Without delving too deeply into the darkness that’s enveloping us all anyway, suffice to say that a big beautiful summer festival is just what we need to take our minds off things. So, let us salute the three (hopefully) sun-soaked days of Pitchforkfest coming to Chicago in July.

On the first day of the festival (Friday, July 15th), native Chicagoans Twin Peaks will serenade us with their signature brand of jangly throwback rock. In case you’re not familiar, Twin Peaks are a gang of babyfaced stoners that play like The Rolling Stones would if they had been conceived in a post-REM world. Performing clearly isn’t work for these guys, at least not yet, and it’s hard to imagine a better band to day-drink to.

On the same day, Beach House will temper our escapist headbuzz with some meditations on life, the universe and the merciless drone of time, delivered as usual in a series of luscious, 5 minute pop songs. As far as we know, Eric Wareheim isn’t directing their stage show, but considering what he did with the video for "Wishes" we sort of wish he was. (Still, it’s Beach House. It’ll be great. I mean, have you listened to Depression Cherry?)

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesPics from the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival and CHIRP Record Fair

The 10th annual Pitchfork Music Festival was a sight to behold. What turned out to be (mostly) beautiful summer weather set the mood for three days of brilliant performances, capped by a titanic set from Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper on Sunday. Not even a torrential downpour on Saturday could stop the good times on the stages or at the CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights. As usual, it was a blast…here’s to the next 10 years!

(Photos by Clarence Ewing and Michael Heidemann)

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Cher Vincent writesMusic in Pictures: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (Pt. 2)

Another Pitchfork festival is in the books. As ususal, we had a great time listening to fantastic music and hanging out with our fellow music-lovers for one of our favorite weekends of the year.

Take one last look back at Pitchfork '14 by checking out these great pics CHIRP volunteer Cher Vincent captured during the festival.

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Cher Vincent writesMusic in Pictures: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (Pt. 1)

Another Pitchfork festival is in the books. As ususal, we had a great time listening to fantastic music and hanging out with our fellow music-lovers for one of our favorite weekends of the year.

Take one last look back at Pitchfork '14 by checking out these great pics CHIRP volunteer Cher Vincent captured during the festival.

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Blake Burkhart writesMusic in Pictures: The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival

Every year the Pitchfork Music Festival showcases the best in modern music, and 2013 was no exception. From Friday's opening chords by Frankie Rose to R. Kelly's titanic closer on Sunday, we enjoyed another brilliant weekend of non-stop sights and sounds.

Blake Burkhart was up close for a bunch of sets, and produced thse photos to remember P4K13 by...

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