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Explore the Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 lineup with our playlist

Zach Long
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Zach Long

More than 40 artists are performing at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which is a far more manageable number than the more than 170 acts scheduled to appear at Lollapalooza later this summer. Still, when you hit Union Park this weekend, it will be easy to become distracted by chance encounters with friends, delicious food vendors, the expansive record tent and all the virtual critters prowling the grounds on Pokémon Go. You run the risk of not discovering your new favorite band because you were otherwise occupied—it's the age-old festival faux pas.

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Trying to avoid music fest FOMO? Do your homework before you show up for the Pitchfork Music Festival by digging into our playlist, which highlights one track by each artist on the bill. You'll find the lush chamber pop of Julia Holter, hypnotizing footwork beats by Jlin and the Hotelier's earnest punk rock—not to mention songs by headliners Beach House, Sufjan Stevens and FKA Twigs. The weekend will be here before you know it, so put in those earbuds and start listening. 

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