Dead in the middle of every July, thousands of music fans descend upon the Second City to witness the Pitchfork Music Festival. Unlike its bigger Chicago counterpart down the street, Pitchfork usually hosts a lineup that aims to be a little different than the major music fests around the country. 2016’s outing was as good as ever, so we decided to showcase the very best of what the festival had to offer. These moments were the best from Pitchfork Music Festival 2016.
Best: Rock music? Still very good!
The very first note of the entire festival came from indie rockers Car Seat Headrest and their amazing album opener “Fill in the Blank” from Teens of Denial, and it was the perfect way to kick off the weekend.
The crowd was immediately energized by the band’s fiery set, and it served as the spark to set the pace for a ton of great rock performances. Acts like Chicago’s own lo-fi guys Whitney, singer-songwriter Julia Holter, new-school punkers Savages, dream rockers Woods, emo faves The Hotelier, and perhaps one of the best sets in the entire weekend from the recently-reunited Broken Social Scene. They had four guitars playing at one point and all of them felt completely necessary. Four!
Best: Carly Rae Jepsen is your new indie queen
Upon my walk following a fantastic set from the garage rockers Twin Peaks, I overheard two guys among the masses have this conversation:
“So who’s up next?”
“Carly Rae Jepsen?”
“Ugh, can you believe that? (laughter)”
What then followed was a set so infectious and powerful that it certainly blew those two dorks’ asses clean off. Carly Rae commanded an enormous crowd at P4K’s largest stage and absolutely crushed her set. Starting off with the superb E•MO•TION opener (and now internet meme) “Run Away with Me,” thousands of festival goers were immediately in the palm of the Canadian pop star’s hand.
Running through a lengthy set of hits, the most enthusiastic crowd members near the very front of the stage were mostly dudes dancing like no one was watching. So sorry, Snark Cuban and your crabby friend, everyone out there was having an awesome time making the most of the night.