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The War on Drugs, Chaka Khan and Courtney Barnett join the Pitchfork Music Festival lineup

The War on Drugs closes out the evening at the Hideout Block Party and Onion A.V. Fest on September 6, 2014.
Photograph: Zach Long

After putting in a marathon two-hour lineup-announcement session last week, local painter Shelby Rodeffer got her brush back out this morning to paint some new names on the Pitchfork Music Festival mural outside of the Violet Hour in Wicker Park. Once again, the publication live-streamed the painstaking process on its website and Facebook page while commenters attempted to guess the acts being painted and complained about being "forced" to watch paint dry for nearly three hours.

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Though we still have one more Tuesday painting session to look forward to before the entire lineup is revealed, today's announcement yielded some expected names and a few surprises. As we predicted last week, the War on Drugs and Courtney Barnett will both play at the festival. Other notable acts include Chicago-native funk artist Chaka Khan, reclusive rapper Earl Sweatshirt and London electronic duo Mount Kimbie. 

According to a tweet from Pitchfork Music Festival, the remaining two top-billed performers will be announced next week (Tame Impala is the only confirmed headlining act). Take a look at the current day-by-day lineup for Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 below, with newly added acts in bold.

Friday, July 20

Tame Impala
Courtney Barnett
Mount Kimbie
Big Thief
Earl Sweatshirt
Julie Byrne
Lucy Dacus
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Saturday, July 21

The War on Drugs
Raphael Saadiq
This Is Not This Heat
Moses Sumney
Julien Baker
Zola Jesus 

Sunday, July 22

Chaka Khan
Kelly Lee Owens
Irreversible Entanglements
(Sandy) Alex G
Ravyn Lenae
Kweku Collins

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