Friday, July 19- I spent most of the first hot and humid day at Pitchfork by the Blue Stage, chugging bottled water and hoping that I'd packed enough sunscreen to protect my delicate Irish skin from irreparable damage. Spoiler alert: I survived unscathed.
First up, Frankie Rose. The former member of Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls played many songs from her new solo album Interstellar, commanding the stage with a sweet, vivacious energy that instantly made me want to be her best friend. "Hey, Pitchforkers!" she shouted with glee, "It sounds so dirty when I say that." Her set wasn't exceptional, but her personality sure was.
The hardcore revivalist band Trash Talk came next, setting fire to what had previously been a more sleepy and subdued 4 p.m. crowd. Lead vocalist Lee Spielman incited a mosh by the second song; and by the third, he was crowdsurfing.