Pitchfork Music Festival preview

Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago is the pinnacle to the independent music scene in the Midwest, and this year’s lineup seems to be hand crafted to pick artists that complement each other’s styles at the smaller, intimate festival. Seeds Entertainment will be there this weekend to follow the curation of artists as well as preview some that will be performing around Nebraska in the fall. We’ve selected some of the sets we’re most excited to catch this weekend:

Friday picks

Kamaiyah: This lineup seems like the year of the woman, and Kamiyah’s 2016 debut album A Good Night In The Ghetto certainly leads that with the combative flow in her lyrics. Her low voice has a long length that combines with clipped beats to produce incredibly smooth west-coast rap. She was the only female rapper to be featured in the XXL Annual Freshman list for 2017, this will likely be one of the most deservedly hyped sets at Pitchfork.

Frankie Cosmos: The evening sun and Frankie Cosmos’ ethereal lyrics are sure to bring butterflies to your stomach. Cosmos got her start in poetry and she remains a master of creating couplets that instantly conjure the painful naivety of immature relationships and trying to figure your young self out. In the song I’m 20, Frankie Cosmos tells the simple story “I’m 20 / Washed up already / I’d sell my soul for a free pen.” Feel free to substitute your own age into these lyrics to fully embrace the angsty teen you’ve been trying to hide all work week.

Saturday picks

The Feelies: Most well-known to modern audiences as the band that inspired Weezer’s first album cover or REM’s sound, this 1970’s New Jersey jangle-pop group is returning from a 15-year hiatus to grace Union Park. Their excellent 2017 release In Between reintroduced them to audiences that may have forgotten a valuable lesson, when you want music that’s equal parts twitchy and groovy, please, leave it to the originals.

A Tribe called Quest: After Tribe member Phife Dawg passed away in 2016, uncertainty circled around the status of their long-gestating album but eight months later, A Tribe Called Quest released We got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. After an eighteen-year break, releasing an album that was merely good would be an greeted as a blessing. However, Tribe released a classic. The charged lyrics define Tribe’s legacy from the perspective of the downtrodden, and they also indicate that Tribe wrote and produced this album expecting the first female president but dreading the opposite happening. Two days after Trump’s election, A Tribe Called Quest released the most prescient and best political album of the year.

Sunday picks

Derrick Carter: Highly active in the 90’s Chicago club scene, Carter’s early projects had great influence on the decade’s growing European house and techno movements. Carter blends classic instrumentals with ambient sounds to create exquisite transitions, and he stays true to his Chicago roots by incorporating jazz and funk tracks that were part of a culture that defined the culture. Carter will likely put on a energetic hometown set with his Chicago influences very apparent.  

The Avalanches: After their debut album Since I Left You in 2000, The Avalanches 2016 release Wildflower was a longly anticipated album of the new millineum after 16 years of active production. Transitioning from the softer, travelogue sounds of their debut, Wildflower shows a large rap influence. For the first time, The Avalanches diversified their sound by reaching out to features artists, enlisting Danny Brown and MF Doom on the first single “Frankie Sinatra,” Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick on the track “If I was a Folkstar” and even Biz Markie and David Berman (of Silver Jews) Given the Avalanches famously limited tour US tour schedule and the potential for a guest star, this act was an impressive get for Pitchfork and a cant-miss.