Sunday’s lineup at Pitchfork Music Festival was one of the more eclectic single-day offerings that the event has ever offered up, closing out the weekend with jazz, dance music, emo rock and some decidedly experimental headliners. It’s telling that an early set from folk rock outfit Woods—a group that exemplifies Pitchfork’s penchant for indie rock—felt like an outlier on a far more adventurous bill.
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Jazz ruled the early afternoon, with performances by legendary avant-garde collective Sun Ra Arkestra and contemporary saxophonist Kamasi Washington greeting attendees with spiraling solos. Dancing broke out across the fields as the uptempo rhythms and synths of Holy Ghost! and Neon Indian rolled out in quick succession. Local hip-hop artist Jeremih kept the crowd moving with his similarly energetic performance—especially when he briefly brought Chance the Rapper to the stage.
As the sun began to set, Miguel turned in one of the festival’s most powerful sets, filled with the singer’s sultry songs and punctuated by sincere pleas for unity amid continued racially-motivated violence. Fatigued attendees ambled toward the gates as FKA Twigs kicked off her entrancingly strange headlining performance, while producer Oneohtrix Point Never served up glitchy beats on the blue stage, bringing this year's iteration of Pitchfork to a close, just as storm clouds began rolling in.