Pitchfork Music Festival 2011: In Review

This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival once again thrilled concert goers with acts old and new at Chicago’s Union Park.

With a lineup that combined modern, underground indie rock and hip-hop with big name reunions (Superchunk, Dismemberment Plan), there was a little something for everyone.

Highlights included lo-fi rock legends Guided By Voices who powered through classics from their early career with a raw, rock ‘n’ roll intensity.

Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard at Pitchfork 2011 | Photo by Richard Giraldi

On Saturday, synth-pop duo Cold Cave flaunted their gothy image by taking the stage on a very warm afternoon wearing leather jackets and dark jeans. Los Angeles noise duo No Age also brought a pure punk energy that saw the festival’s first full-blown mosh pit.

No Age guitarist Randy Randall at Pitchfork 2011 | Photo by Richard Giraldi

TV On The Radio closed out Sunday night with an extremely tight set of groove-stuffed art rock. The Brooklyn outfit treated fans to favorites from 2008’s critically-acclaimed Dear Science while peppering in funky numbers from their latest, Nine Types Of Light.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 may have lacked the big names of its older, more mainstream Chicago brother, Lollapalooza. But once again, Pitchfork Music Festival rose to the occasion as one of Chicago’s top festivals for musical discovery.

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