This past weekend, Chicago’s Union Park played host to Pitchfork Music Festival. The two-and-a-half-day event was packed tight with performances from the indiesphere’s current marquee artists and its icons. But it wasn’t just music — there was also a large fair offering crafts, handmade wares, and records; a mini-festival of print posters (a lust item for any huge music fan); and a book tent boasting independently published materials that also featured a reading from an array of music writers, including Stereogum weekend editor Liz Pelly.
The performances ranged from gods of heavy, Swans, to luminary Brit punks Wire, to the Breeders playing their classic Last Splash in its entirety, to Blood Orange covering Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” a few hours before Ferreira would take that same stage, to Chicago rap upstart Tree stealing the show, to Lil’ B bringing his based philosophy to the Midwest — he literally said “R.I.P. to all your loved ones” at the end of his set. The weekend was diverse. Here are the 10 best things that happened.