Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Our pals at Pitchfork have just announced the lineup for their ninth annual Pitchfork Music Festival, and as you might expect, it’s a doozy. The festival will span three nights, Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20, and be held at Chicago’s Union Park. The headliners for the three respective nights are Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamaar, but there’s strong talent up and down the bills, including Sun Kil Moon, Wild Beasts, Pusha T, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder, and motherfucking Slowdive. And more. (And there are still more to come — this is just the initial lineup.) You can buy tickets now here, and check out the full lineup (so far) below.


Giorgio Moroder
Sun Kil Moon
Factory Floor
Death Grips
Haxan Cloak
Sharon Van Etten


Neutral Milk Hotel
Mas Ysa
Pusha T
The Range
Circulatory System
The Julie Ruin
Wild Beasts


Kendrick Lamar

Comments (25)
  1. tune-yards? man I’m putting in for the time off work right the fuck now.

  2. Yo, let me say something right now: If Pitchfork does not book a single #emorevival (or post-hardcore band that gets thrown under the #emorevival umbrella) band after all the attention they’ve given to that scene with about-face reviews, song and album premieres, then they’re going to have a ton of egg on their face because to me, that’ll just prove they aren’t behind their own editorial agenda on who they promote on that site.

    • It’s interesting, because one of the bands (I think it was Into It Over It but don’t quote me on that) posted something on their FB page a while back that basically said “F*ck Pitchfork.” I wonder if they will have trouble getting new “emo” bands on board. I feel like an older reunited band would be more likely.

      • That’s interesting, but then again, Evan Weiss is an emo scene lifer who, unlike a lot of the younger emo bands, played in a few other projects before Pitchfork took notice to Into It. Over It with the glaringly obvious reason as to why they were suddenl doing so. I think his thoughts are coming from a place of disillusionment, but I’ve also seen tweets by members of Daylight and Pity Sex where they’ve criticized the primary author behind a lot of the #emorevival coverage for one reason or another. There’s mixed feelings in the bunch. The coverage doesn’t hurt, so I suppose they don’t care.

        I have to say, though, that it’s beginning to show in the track reviews especially of #emorevival and “pop-punk” that they’re running out of new angles to portray the music. There was a terrible one yesterday where the band sounded like Fall Out Boy, and it just had me thinking that maybe it’s time Pitchfork start getting snobby again about what they put through on their site, because it was just not a good look for them.

        • Yea, not much of the new stuff personally does it for me and that includes old bands I loved that have continued making music. There’s always something that’s missing or leans in a direction that turns me off.

    • I think you’re over-blowing they’re hyping of emo revival bands a bit their. So far only one writer on the entire site has been consistently writing about these bands, and absolutely no emo albums have received BNM since this “revival” kicked off, while few even manage an 8.0 at best

      • Actually, they’ve got a few other writers helping their cause, particularly Steven Hyden. And BNMs and high scores don’t necessarily dictate who plays their festival anymore. On the lineup so far, that Julie Ruin album got a 6-point-something. Factory Floor got a low 8, no Best New Music. Mas Ysa got a 7.8, no BNM.

        I think the argument you’re unintentionally making is that because they’re #emorevival bands, they aren’t valued as much on the site even if the site does cover them on a frequent basis (which they do,) but if we’re going by BNMs and scores compared to bands in other genres, they’re given just as much praise these days as other festival qualifiers.

        • As someone who really does like a lot of the stuff that falls under the umbrella of emo revival but someone without a particular dog in the race it’s painfully clear to me that the emo revival is a much much smaller deal then a lot of people seem to think it is. There are a lot of solo female singer songwriters who got scores in the high 7′s and 8′s who are not represented here as well(where is Torres, Lady Lamb The Beekeper, Julianna Barwick, Julia Holter?). The modern emo scene is really just not that big a thing and P4k has made no substantial effort to really put their full weight behind any of the bands. They give them premieres and reviews but you will continue to see big features of Diiv and Grimes and not anything on You Blew It or anything similar. It all seems pretty par for the course when you look at everything they review.


  4. As diverse as the headliners are, they’re all great headliners. I might just head down to Chicago this year.

  5. Shit. Yeah, I will willingly surround myself with douche bags for this one.

    • I’m gonna be out of town for Friday/Saturday so there is a good chance this will be the first pitchfork I don’t go to in six or seven years. So that will be one less douche bag at least…

  6. My favorite was when P4K panned MAYA with a 4.0 and then begged Maya to headline their festival because no one cares about any of the other boring bands P4k pretends are cool.

  7. This thing always has a great lineup but has the festival itself improve at all since it started? I went the first year and remember being overwhelmingly disappointed by the atmosphere (people had brought and were playing Scrabble in the audience! I love Scrabble, but seriously, at a festival) and by the 10pm cutoff time. When it gets dark at 9:30 or so, it just doesn’t leave that much time for bands like Death Grips that just don’t seem at all like daytime bands to me. Actually the last thing I saw a the festival was someone from Pitchfork getting up on stage and scolding audience members who were asking for another song, since “it was over” and they “needed to be thankful for the weekend of good music.” It was fairly drawn out and a little sad seeming.

    • I’ve never been but I always here that the atmosphere is overly lax, and feeds fuel to the “boring hipsters just standing there” stereotype about Pitchfork’s audience. I’ve always had a hard time justifying wanting to see a lot of the bands they book on a festival stage. For example, I can’t imagine Sun Kil Moon translating well when placed in the open air in front of a large crowd. with his bare bones live format. His sets work best is in museum auditoriums and halls where the acoustics capture the simplicity and audiences are expected to be dead silent. At a festival like Primavera, he gets that because they have that kind of stage available, but at a park festival like Pitchfork, there’s going to be chatter and probably bleed from other stages.

      tl;dr: You’re better off seeing a lot of the bands they book indoors and in small clubs.

    • Yeah I remember last year I was very disappointed because during Joanna Newsom’s set there were like 4 different groups of people right by me all passing around blunts and they wouldn’t shut up.

  8. Where my mats @? You were supposed to get the Mats. Now I have to drive all the way to freakin Georgia. Thanks for nuthin pitchfork “music” fest.

  9. So……you think that Death Grips will actually show up?

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