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Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival ’11

For six years, Pitchfork Media has been throwing a mid-summer bash in their hometown of Chicago with the goal of making a comfortable and affordable party, while still offering the best summer festival line-up around. It sounds lofty, but they did it, and they have done it every year since. Striking a balance between just below the radar acts, the up and comers, the newly notable, and independent music royalty. And they do it all for the absolute bottom price. This festival shames its expensive, inconvenient colleagues. Annually.

Take the line-up on just the “Blue Stage” on the first day of this year’s festival, Friday, July 15th. Dark, electronic, duo Gatekeeper open things up, to be followed by the looping, ukulele folk-punk world-beat darling, tUnE-YarDs. Then, the stage shifts to Curren$y, of Lil Wayne’s YMCMB label, followed by Brooklyn joke-rappers turned still-funny but credible actual rappers Das Racist. The Blue stage caps the opening day off with British dub-step wonderboy, new indie royalty, James Blake, who’s haunting, futuristic balladry will cap this stage off strangely. And perfectly. And that’s just one of the secondary stages. The main stage will only see 3 acts the first night, but they are also quite varied, in status as well as sound. The proggy and raucous Battles, alt elder-statesmen Guided By Voices, and indie royalty Animal Collective will command the “Green” stage, the festival’s main platform.

The festival also welcomes other legends, including art-rock super-hero Thurston Moore (supporting his fantastic new Beck-produced solo album) as well as Washington D.C.’s The Dismemberment Plan, supporting the Barsuk reissue of their seminal masterpiece, Emergency & I. Prolific festival favorites Deerhunter will also be joining the pack, supporting their newest, the brilliant Halcyon Digest.

There are a great many artists on this year’s line-up who are new to the radar and/or new to indie’s elite. I am not going to name very many of them, but a few who I am particularly excited to see are…
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Review: Toro y Moi, Under the Pine

Chazwick Bundick, AKA Toro y Moi, recently suggested in an interview that there was never really a “chillwave.” Instead, he feels that he and fellow _____wave acts like Neon Indian and Washed out were simply “making similar music at the same time.” Then I suppose none of these flash in the pan genres have existed? Look, chillwave was/is real. Just because the LeBron James and Chris Bosh decide they don’t belong to their teams anymore, doesn’t mean that the teams don’t exist…Well, maybe it kinda does. There is no reason in the world for this to give me an existential panic. It happened. It did, and it was electrically chilled out and samply and reverby and exotic and tons of hipsters and townies chilled out to it and formed equally-chilly local bands. It’s bigger than you, founding chillers.
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TORO Y MOI UNVEILS NEW VIDEO

Watch ‘Low Shoulder’ below. National Public Radio adores Toro Y Moi.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: Toro Y Moi – Leave Everywhere


TORO Y MOI CROWNED WITH NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY

Read today’s article expressing love for ‘Leave Everywhere’ here.

Toro Y Moi recently dropped by Yours Truly.

MP3: Toro Y Moi – Leave Everywhere


NPR STREAMS DC SETS BY CARIBOU & TORO Y MOI

Enjoy both playbacks here.

Last week, Caribou performed at Brooklyn’s Music Hall.

Swim is out now.

MP3s: Caribou – Melody Day & Toro Y Moi – Blessa


TORO Y MOI DROPS BY YOURS TRULY

Watch Toro Y Moi’s superb performance of ‘You Hid’ in the feature below.

MP3: Toro Y Moi – Blessa


TORO Y MOI CHATS WITH PASTE MAG

Enjoy the brand new Q&A session below. Be certain to watch ‘Talamak’ here.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3; Toro Y Moi – Blessa


TORO Y MOI CHATS WITH ABC

Enjoy the Austin Q&A session below. Be certain to watch ‘Talamak’ here.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: Toro Y Moi – Blessa


TORO Y MOI DROPS BY FADER TV

Enjoy today’s feature below. Watch the official video for ‘Talamak’ here.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: Toro Y Moi – Blessa


TORO Y MOI VISITS VIVA RADIO

Enjoy ‘Talamak’ below. Be sure to watch the official video for the tune here.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: Toro Y Moi – Blessa

 
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