For the past six years Pitchfork the music website has put on the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park in Chicago's West Loop. Over that time the festival has proven itself to be one of the most fan-friendly and musically forward-thinking events in Chicago.
Their use of the neighborhood-based Union Park has also inspired a slew of other summer festivals in Chicago, when just ten years ago it was near impossible to put on an outdoor rock concert in Chicago. This year Riot Fest is taking place in Humboldt Park, Spring Awakening took over Soldier Field and the Wavefront Music Festival was at Montrose Beach- all Chicago Park District properties.
Meantime, the Pitchfork Music Festival has stylistically shifted- bringing in more electronic and hip-hop acts and a little less emphasis on the indie rock that made the website's name in its early years.
We talk with Pitchfork Founder and CEO Ryan Schreiber and President Chris Kaskie about the development of the festival (they started a Parisian version last year) and they share their picks for new artists performing this year. That's Thursday on Afternoon Shift #105.
Chris Kaskie's picks:
Japandroids "The House That Heaven Built"
Lotus Plaza "Eveningness"
Ryan Schreiber's picks:
Kendrick Lamar "ADHD"
Chromatics "Kill for Love"