Though, from the start, you had to applaud all of the ingredients in Guided By Voices’ effervescent mix—from short, sharp, smart art-punk a la Wire to the best first-wave Britpop like the Creation and the Kinks—I never was a major fan of the group in its heyday, mostly because it was too damn prolif
The Pitchfork Music Festival began Friday afternoon and as always, some of the bands performing carry a bit of local DNA. Take the group Battles: Two members – Dave Konopka and Ian Williams - used to live in Chicago, while members of the bands Lynx and Don Caballero.
Chrissy Murderbot, aka Chris Shively, likes to bring a wide range of sounds to the decks. He performed several songs for Eight Forty-Eight, including some tracks from his new release Women’s Studies--the mix has proved popular.
Chicago-based music website Pitchfork.com announced the first group of performers for their sixth annual summer music festival early Friday. Many of the announced acts are repeat performers including Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Destroyer and Cut Copy.
Kurt Vile is a Philidelphia singer-songwriter who released his Matador records debut, Childish Prodigy, in 2009 to much acclaim. His psych-rock music has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. Like those rock legends, Vile's songs can run the gamut.