Nearly 50 acts will take to the three temporary stages in Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19–21. Oddly, for the first time, most of them will have nothing to prove. Typically an incubator for buzzing indie acts who can count their careers by months, Pitchfork this year is grounds for nostalgia, largely for the '90s, but with acts tracing back to the '80s and '70s, too. Björk, Belle & Sebastian, the Breeders, Yo La Tengo, R. Kelly (yes, that R. Kelly), Swans and Wire put out some of their best work before a chunk of the Pitchfork Fest demographic was born. Then there are veterans like El-P, Trail of Dead, Joanna Newsom and M.I.A. But as always, there are nascent stars on hand as well, filling up the bottom half of the bill.
Here are the ten sets that promise to have the most people talking.
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