Pitchfork 2010 Preview

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Shows This Month

So Pitchfork 2010 is coming up this weekend. I’ve never been before but I am really excited. There are a ton of bands playing so I am only going to talk about the ones I plan to see.


The Tallest Man on Earth

I hadn’t heard of this guy until a few weeks ago. He definitely fits the type of music I’ve been listening to this year. He’s a folk singer/songwriter, playing acoustic guitar. Nothing groundbreaking here but the guy writes catchy songs. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in a festival setting. I just hope I make it out of work in time to see him play.


I remember listening to these guys back in college. I always thought of them as just a dance-punk band but it seems they actually do a lot more than that. I’ve been trying to listen to their newer albums but I’ll probably just stick with what I know. That old stuff is pretty good.


I first heard about Robyn about two or three years ago so I was completely clueless as to her pop past. I think the first song I heard of hers was “Cobrastyle” but I am digging her new stuff too.

Broken Social Scene

It seems everyone loves this band but I’ve only gotten into them recently. I don’t know why I waited so long. I’ve loved pretty much every song I have heard by them. I expect them to put on the best performance of the night.

Modest Mouse

Wow, I finally get to see Modest Mouse. I never thought I’d get to see this band. Of all the bands playing on Friday, I am the most familiar with Modest Mouse. A few years ago, I would have listed them as one of my favorite bands. I used to like them a lot back in high school and college but I they haven’t put out anything that I’ve loved in probably 5 years. Lonesome Crowded West was one of my favorite albums back in the day. Getting to see them is more of a coincidence than anything else. I have no idea if they’ll put on a good show but I’ll definitely stay to watch them.



I am not sure how I first heard of them but I saw Netherfriends at one of those free Monday shows at Empty Bottle. They tend to open for a lot of good bands. Anyways, the one time I saw them live, they put on a good show and I expect no less on Saturday. “Friends With Lofts” is a great song.

Real Estate

I saw this band at Lincoln Hall back in March in my pre-SXSW music craze. I don’t remember too much about that show but I remember enjoying their performance. They are definitely very chill.

Titus Andronicus

I started listening to this band last year because they were opened for Lucero at Metro. Since that time, they’ve released a new album and received a ton of hype. I don’t know if they are greatest band around, as some would lead you to believe but they are definitely a solid band. I imagine that their performance will be one of the highlights of the fest.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

I had no idea that this band was still around. I was never a huge a fan of this band but they’re not bad. I saw them back in 1995 when they opened for the Beastie Boys. I remember thinking then that they were an odd band, I still think that but I’ll try to see them anyways.

LCD Soundsystem

I just recently became a fan of the excellent James Murphy but I am hooked. Although I was a fan of the Rapture and he did produce their “House of Jealous Lovers” so I was destined to become a fan of his stuff. Of all the headliners, I think this will be the wildest performance. Also, Lin thinks he looks like Brett Favre.


Surfer Blood

I saw these guys when they opened for Art Brut last year. I had never heard of them before but I found them to be quite catchy. I tried to see them again at SXSW this year but by then they were too popular and their shows were packed. It’ll be nice to see them again now that I know their songs.

St. Vincent

This is one of those artists that I didn’t really listen to until I started prepping for Pitchfork. I bought her latest album on vinyl and I really like it. It’s a lot different from the music I listen to. It’s kind of weird but it’s awesome.

Sleigh Bells

I heard about this band in the lead up to SXSW. The press loves these kids. It’s so crazy that the guitarist was in Poison The Well. I remember liking that band in college, I never thought he’d end up in something like this. They remind me of a hip-hop influenced Atari Teenage Riot. I am sure the crowd will go nuts for them.


It’s going to be odd going from the amped up music of Sleigh Bells to the laid back sounds of Pavement but I am sure I’ll manage. Obviously, this the biggest performance of the weekend. I think this is Pavement’s first show in Chicago in the last 11 years. Crazy. This is definitely a band I thought I would never get a chance to see. I’ve been listening to their stuff a lot lately. I think I forgot how much I like this band. I can’t wait to see them. Watching these videos reminds me of 120 Minutes.

Here are some assorted Pitchfork links:

You can read Chicagoist’s preview here.

AV Club has an interview with Liars here.

Time Out Chicago also has a ton of stuff about Pitchfork.


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