Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival provided, as usual, a dauntingly long list of indie talent. The only thing harder than finding water was figuring out which acts to see. Here are our favorites from the weekend.
… And the wait is over. Earlier this week, Under the Button and Penn performing groups led you on a campus–wide quest that culminated in the announcement of two Fling acts: Instrumental duo Ratatat and hip–hop hitmaker Flo Rida.
The much-hyped sophomore album has proven an enigma for most bands. More often than not, indie buzz bands release follow-up albums that are intentionally completely different from their first, if only to show that they don’t want to be the same as they were (even if they really are the same as they were). Lately, these sophomore albums have tended to disappoint early fans while at the same time pleasantly surprising many reviewers.
Remember when everyone made music like Dr. Dog? Neither do we. While we’re certainly happy with the music of our own day and age, it would’ve been pure magic to have seen 1960s musical greats sow the seeds of their musical arcs.