Pitchfork Music Festival

The buzziest new bands and icons of indie rock come together in Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out photos, reviews and more

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Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.

Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21. Photograph: Bill Whitmire

There are a few things you can expect to see every year at Pitchfork Music Festival—a guy with a beard in short, short shorts; the entire summer collection from Urban Outfitters; and, most importantly, the hottest new bands in indie, rap and the underground. Every year, on the third weekend in July, the dusty baseball fields of Union Park are a place to be seen, as much as they are a place to listen. We love the people watching.


Who's playing July 18, 19, 20? This year's edition has a heavy hip-hop flavor with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Death Grips and SZA (Note: Death Grips have since canceled). Heck, even headliner Beck has been know to spit a verse here and there. Older record collectors will be geeked for Giorgio Moroder and Slowdive.


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Former headliner photos

  • Björk

    The Icelandic icon brought her Biophilia tour for a gorge...

  • R. Kelly

    The controversial crooner delivered his sex tales to an a...

  • Belle & Sebastian

    Don't call them twee. The Scots beefed up their tunes wit...

Faces in the crowd

  • Friday 2013

    They wore flowers in their hair for Angel Olsen and Joann...

  • Saturday 2013

    Fans braved the heat for looks at buzz acts Savages, Parq...

  • Sunday 2013

    See if you can spot the guy with the "Pee On Me" sign




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