Going Live: Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday)

Pitchfork accomplished the inevitable – they outdid themselves. Chicago’s Union Park hosted the 2013 edition of PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL this past weekend and pretty much cornered the mainstream with alternative rippers, raucous punks and ’90s throwbacks that were almost cooler than a VHS copy of Space Jam. The Friday was an uncomfortable half-day full of sober minds and the not-so-sobers but it didn’t stop the live music from buzzing.

While we missed Frankie Rose and Trash Talk due to registration, full-time rocker MIKAL CRONIN and Brooklyn’s WOODS vibed with incredible sets, bridging the gap between emotive basement jams and full-fledged rock polish. JOANNA NEWSOM’s enchanting performance hushed the jock types who could only think of Andy Samberg and even MAC DEMARCO charmingly weaved together a medley of covers, including “Black Bird”, “Break Stuff”, “Taking Care Of Business” and “Enter Sandman”. As he so nonchalantly quipped: “Enjoy the weekend – it’s only just started!”


TRASH TALK at BLUE STAGE 



MAC DEMARCO at GREEN STAGE 



WOODS at RED STAGE 



MIKAL CRONIN at BLUE STAGE 



JOANNA NEWSOM at RED STAGE 


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