The Pitchfork Music Festival has released the rest of its completely bonkers 2013 lineup. Previously announced headliners R. Kelly, Björk and Belle & Sebastian, and top tier guests such as Joanna Newsom and the Breeders, are now joined by button-pushing singer M.I.A., postpunk forerunner Wire and indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo in addition to Beyoncé's hipster sister Solange and her pal, budding producer Dev Hynes, who appears as Blood Orange. Buzzy, all-female, postpunk combo Savages and hip-hop oddball Lil B will also leave their mark on what's shaping up to be the strongest Pitchfork lineup yet.
The three-day fest, which returns to Union Park July 19–21, is now guaranteed to sell out quickly. Weekend passes are available for $120 at Ticketweb while single-day tickets go for $50 each. Find the full lineup below:
New Yorkers traipsing through MoMA last weekend can boast they saw Tilda Swinton napping in an aquarium. Chicago may have lost that round of the Marina Abramović Pastiche Olympics, but those lucky enough to have queued up early at the Museum of Contemporary Art tonight were treated to something far more memorable and exhilarating. As the final offering on the MCA's artistically fertile Face the Strange series, Kim Gordon drew an impressive loop of freezing, wind-slapped fans around the museum. With Sonic Youth's schedule indefinitely blank after Gordon's split with bandmate Thurston Moore, devotees were eager to get their hands on one of the very limited, very $0.00 tickets and see what new paths this sonic vanguard is embarking upon.
There are quite a few good concerts this weekend, including the next Sunday Transmission Series, Maxi Priest and a chance to hear Blake Shelton.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Mitsuko Uchida
1:30pm, Symphony Center (Orchestra Hall), $28–$243
The phenomenal Uchida makes her highly anticipated annual appearance at Symphony Center as both conductor and pianist in Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 17 and 27. CSO concertmaster Robert Chen leads the orchestra in Mozart's lovely serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
Scott Hutchison and the rest of Frightened Rabbit brought their Scottish pop to the Riviera Theatre on Saturday. The group played behind its fourth full-length, Pedestrian Verse.
Lollapalooza tickets go on sale today here at 10am. These are $200 early-bird, three-day passes. The lineup is reported to include the Killers, Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend, but the official lineup will be announced April 9. Regular three-day passes, for $235, will go on sale after the early-bird tickets sell out. There are also VIP Lolla Lounge tickets, Platinum passes and travel packages available on the Lolla website.
Lollapalooza takes place August 2–4 in Grant Park.
Update: Three-day passes are sold out. Single-day passes go on sale April 9 at 10am. VIP Lolla Lounge tickets, Platinum passes and travel packages are still available.
Rihanna famously ran out of fucks to give last April and that insouciance has been her modus operandi over the past few years. It’s endeared her to fans but her effortless indifference means her live performances are typically lacking. Her singing, never much to boast about, sounds especially shaky live and her dancing—a tap of the nether regions here, a tap of the nether regions there, is usually uninspired.
L.A.’s Local Natives have come a long way from their break onto the indie scene in 2010 with Gorilla Manor, an album of massive Arcade Fire–esque sing-alongs, wiry guitars and harmonies everywhere. Thursday, they sold out the Vic (on guitar player Ryan Hahn’s birthday, no less), touring in support of their new album, Hummingbird.
Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris are the very definition of old friends, with a relationship spanning back nearly 40 years. But just in case the full extent of their collective experience didn’t quite sink in, the reunited pair weren’t shy with the reminders Wednesday night at Orchestra Hall.