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5 Must-See Artists at Pitchfork Festival 2017

By: Staff –

Pitchfork Festival 2017 Lineup

The 12th annual Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 at Chicago’s Union Park, continues to be one of the world’s most welcoming and exciting festivals, consistently dedicated to striking a balance between discovery and celebration.

Need help creating your perfect Pitchfork 2017 schedule? Check out our picks below for the five artists you need to check out at this year’s festival!

Tickets are now available here

A Tribe Called Quest


Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing rap music had been constructed upon, and focused instead on abstract philosophy and message tracks. The “sucka MC” theme had never been completely ignored in hip-hop, but Tribe confronted numerous black issues — date rape, use of the word nigger, the trials and tribulations of the rap industry — all of which overpowered the occasional game of the dozens.

Sadly, Tribe co-founder Phife — suffering from diabetes for many years and the recipient of a liver transplant — died in March of 2016 at the age of 45. Later that year, Q-Tip announced that the group had finished a new album. The night of their Tonight Show appearance, the original four members of the group had decided to put aside their differences and start recording again. Sessions were held in Q-Tip’s well-appointed home studio, and the group welcomed guests like Busta Rhymes, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and André 3000 to contribute. Though Phife passed before the album was finished, Q-Tip was able to power through and complete it. The group released We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service in late 2016, topping the American charts and earning the group attention from a new generation of fans.

If you want to know what classic hip-hop sounds like, don’t miss A Tribe Called Quest at Pitchfork 2017!

Thurston Moore

Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore is back with his new solo album, Rock n Roll Consciousness (out April 28th).

Rock n Roll Consciousness is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston Moore and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing. Serious, precocious yet strangely accessible, Rock n Roll Consciousness is as strong a statement as anything he has recorded these last three decades: from Sonic Youth, the band he founded in 1980, to his solo work ranging from 1995’s Psychic Hearts album, to the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts album of 2011, as well as his myriad collaborations and completely outside-the-margin recordings on a litany of record labels.

Known for his iconic guitar playing and songwriting, Moore is bringing his latest guitar-driven epic to Pitchfork 2017, which you won’t want to miss.

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. Formed in 2001 in New York City, New York, United States, the music of LCD Soundsystem can also be described as a mix of alternative dance and post punk, along with elements of disco.

Following a four-year hiatus, the band reunited in January 2016, and subsequently played a slew of festival dates, along with recently releasing a pair of new songs titled “American Dream”, and “Call The Police”, both of which can be streamed here, from their upcoming studio album.

Don’t miss them at Pitchfork 2017!

Danny Brown

Detroit native and reigning ambassador of psychotropic outsider rap, Danny Brown, returned with his fourth album, Atrocity Exhibition, last September, and hasn’t slowed down since.

The album is a fresh and bold take on Brown‘s ruminations on life and the changes that have occurred -and those that didn’t – following the ups and downs of career success.  Atrocity Exhibition makes for a thrilling third installment in the Danny Brown biopic, following the releases of his critically acclaimed and groundbreaking albums XXX and Old, sold out shows around the world including opening for Eminem at Wembley Stadium, and collaborations with an eclectic range of artists such as Ghostface Killah, Purity Ring, Rustie, Charli XCX, E-40,the Avalanches and more.

Brown‘s words can be found further amplified on this album with massive beats and production by frequent collaborator Paul White and additional contributions from Evian Christ, The Alchemist and Black Milk. Featured guest vocals come from label-mate Kelela, Cypress Hill member B-Real, Petite Noir and contributing to perhaps the most standout crew cut from recent memory on the song “Really Doe”,  Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt. Pairing his views on the irreconcilable differences between the future and the realities of the present, Danny Brown‘s Atrocity Exhibition presents a sonic prism, with intricate use of story-telling and wordplay, showcasing his truly unique art form and pushing him past the boundaries of rap.

If you want to know what the future of hip-hop sounds like, don’t miss Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2017!


A singer, songwriter, and producer, Solange Knowles debuted in the early 2000s with pop-oriented contemporary R&B material and grew into one of the more adventurous, expectation-defying artists of the late 2000s and 2010s. The younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles, Solange has quickly forged her own musical identity.

Her newest album, A Seat At The Table, arrived almost four years after the release of her 2012 True EP. Calmly cathartic and considerably at odds with mainstream R&B, the progressive set promoted healing and empowerment in response to racial oppression, and established Solange as one of the leading voices of R&B.


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