Live Fix Radio Episode 41: Live Music Fashion On Stage and Beyond




On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of live music fashion and chatting with special guests Brittany Abeijon, editor in chief of The Facets Magazine, and JP Chookaszian, Urban Offering as we traverse through the exciting and controversial topic of what fans wear (and shouldn’t wear) when we go to concerts.

Not only do they dish out some crafty concert fashion tips and dapper insights, Brittany and JP both share excellent stories about how Woodstock, Sigur Ros, Jimi Hendrix, Sufjan Stevens, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga have all influenced and inspired their sense of style and personal creativity. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:


Music featured during the show:

  • Sigur Ros – “Inni
  • Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  • Of Monsters and Men – “Your Bones (live at Park West in Chicago)”
  • Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn (live at metro in Chicago)


Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmediaFacebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.

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Live Fix Radio: The Black Keys, Brothers and Paying For Bar Stools At HOB

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black keys


During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re chatting with Mike Phillips of Sound Citizen. Listen in as he shares stories of traveling to Ohio to see the Black Keys live with his brother, why he refused to pay for a bar stool at the House of Blues in Chicago and what inspires him to write about live music.  Plus, we’ll talk about how Ticketmaster is offering some “helpful” tips to avoid getting scammed with fake concert tickets.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

  • Will fans buy tickets to The Taste of Chicago?

Segment two (33:29): Interview with Mike Phillips of Sound Citizen.

Segment three (1:02:52):  Are Ticketmaster’s fake concert ticket tips really for the fans?

Music played during the show

What’s Your Story?

Would you ever pay for a bar stool? Have you ever taken family or friends to a concert for the first time?

What inspires you to write about, share and chronicle your live music experiences?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Grouplove and First Concert Experiences

grouplove live chicago metro

grouplove live chicago metro


During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re continuing our exploration of the wonders of our first concert experiences. Listen in as Matt, who won our Bears/Packers wager, shares how Grouplove filled his cup and left him tongue-tied during his first show at Metro.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about:


Link love, experiments and more goodies


Segment two (21:44): Interview with Matt: his first concert ever, comparing live music to baseball and what would he ask other Grouplove fans.

Segment three (34:10): Grouplove’s tattoos, what (and why) we remember from our first concerts. 

Music played during the show
  • Grouplove “Lovely Cup”
  • Grouplove – “Tongue Tied” Live at Metro (credit: thanks for the video snap shot!)
  • Grouplove – “Colours” Live at Metro

What Are Your First Live Concert Experiences?

What do you remember the most about those shows? The people, the venue, the music?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Exploring Aunt Martha, Bonnaroo and Sonicbids

aunt martha bonnaroo 2011

aunt martha bonnaroo 2011


During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re going deeper into our battle of the bands exploration with two special guests Aunt Martha and Sonicbids. Listen in as Tim Noyes of Aunt Martha shares his story of how playing the Sonicbids stage at Bonnaroo 2011 impacted the band’s career, chemistry and how they’re doing one year later.

Then in part two, Darlene Doyle shares the story of Sonicbids and tells us how her unique dance performance perspective influences her live music experience and why she’d like to be in a choreographed Michael Jackson hologram show.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about:

Segment two (13:35): Interviews with Tim from Aunt Martha and Darlene from Sonicbids.

Segment three (52:26): The power of our individual fan perspectives, why competition is good for bands and how Sonicbids gives back to Bonnaroo.

Music played during the show

What do you think of battle of the bands?

Fans, bands and brands, how do you think platforms like Sonicbids impact the live music experience? How has your band been changed by a battle of the bands competition? What has gone through your mind while watching a band compete during a BOTB contest live on stage?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Celebrating Moms Who Love Live Music

moms who love live music

moms who love live music

During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re celebrating moms and sharing stories about how live music has changed their lives. Listen in as they tell tales about ripping off pieces of Elvis’s cape, remembering Sinatra, chilling at Phish shows, surviving the shrill of screaming Jonas Brothers fans and why Elton John is still one of the best live performers.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about:

Segment two (22:22): Interviews with moms who love live music.


Music played during the show

How Much Does Your Mom Love Live Music?

As a mom, or with your mom, what are your most memorable live concert experiences? What motherly advice do you have about live music?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Exploring Docufest, The Dead, Rothbury and Altered Concert Experiences



During this episode of Live Fix Radio, join us as we explore the creative adventures of fellow concert fan and photographer Ben Slayter.  Listen in to our chat with Ben as he shares the inspiration for the collaborative multi-media project Docufest, memories of Rothbury and Burning Man, and more insights about our ongoing “what makes fans want to rock out at concerts” conversation.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about

Segment two (24:13): Interview with Ben Slayter.

Music played during the show

How Do You Experiment with Concert Memories?

What are your most memorable live concert experiences? How do you use video, photos and social media to capture and share your greatest live show moments?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Record Store Day 2012: Rediscovering The Zen Experience

RSD 2012 rediscover records


RSD 2012 rediscover records

During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re celebrating Record Store Day 2012 and exploring the connection between live music and our favorite record shops. Listen in to our chat with Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records as he explains the spirituality and zen of record shops, revisits the last Replacements gig in 1991, and tell us why seeing Bruce Springsteen live in 1984 changed everything for him.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about

Segment two (26:10): Interview with Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records.

Segment three (41:44): The unique connection between live music and being in a record storehistory of in-store performances, RSD 2012 releases and our favorite Chicago-area record stores.

Music played during the show
  • Mastodon – “Oblivion” Live at the Aragon – 2012
  • Levon Helm – “The Weight” Live on PBS – 2011
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band “Hungry Heart (Live)” – 1984
  • The Replacements – “Within Your Reach (Live)” – 1991


RSD 2012 Info:

Our other favorite record shops and RSD live performances

Our Top Live Album Picks:

Buddy Guy
This Is Buddy Guy

Iggy and the Stooges
Live at All Tomorrows Parties

Shabazz Palaces
Live at KEXP

Tegan and Sara
Get Along

The Civil Wars
Live at Amoeba

The Knack
Live In Los Angeles, 1978

Widespread Panic
Live Wood


What Records Are You Rocking On RSD?

What are your most memorable record store live concert experiences? How are your favorite live shows and record shops connected?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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He Was There: The Amazing Concert Adventures of Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey


You’re in for a special treat my friends. Because, during this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’ll journey through the amazing concert adventures of Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey. So buckle up and get ready for a wild ride as we explore Kolkey’s pioneering days promoting and celebrating Chicago’s legendary punk scene, discover his sensual rituals at Vivian Girls shows and relive a terrifying “Gaga moment” at Lollapalooza 2010.

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Show Notes:

  • Segment two (15:20): Feeling the speakers and being completely addicted to Vivian Girls.
  • Segment three (24:46): Captivated by Alice Cooper’s “Nightmare”, remembering Chicago’s historic punk scene and what most people don’t know about California punk rock fans.
  • Segment four (54:49): Why Lady Gaga is punk and how Eric survived her epic stage dive at Lollapalooza 2010.
Music played during the show
  • Vivian Girls – “Can’t Get Over You” & “Walking Alone at Night”
  • Alice Cooper –  “Welcome to My Nightmare”
  • Jesus Lizard – “Puss” Live at Pitchfork 2009
  • Jimmy Skafish – “Disgracing the Family Name”
  • Shrapnel – “Combat Love”


Share Your Story

What are your favorite punk rock moments? What’s your scariest concert experience? Got a question about a topic we talked about during the show? Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Why I love talking to concert fans and what’s coming in 2012


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We’ve been cruising along with the new Live Fix Radio podcast and every time I talk with a fellow concert fan for a new episode I’m always so pumped after our chat. I freakin’ love hearing about all your live music stories!

That said, we recently met up with Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey who’s in the film You Weren’t There, one of our favorite rock docs about the early punk scene in Chicago. We talked with Eric about his experiences as a promoter and tour manager during the early punk scene in the 80’s, what he feels and does during Vivian Girl concerts and what was so scary and exhilarating about seeing Lady Gaga live in 2007 and then in 2010 at Lollapalooza.

We’ll be sharing our chat with Eric very soon on an upcoming episode, but I just wanted to share this moment with you because if I didn’t I leak a little bit of excitement out of the podcast pressure valve I feel as if I might burst.

I also wanted to share this preview with you because I want to encourage you to swap stories with us and the other concert fans you know.  It’s so powerful and fun to hear what you’re all experiencing at shows and I hope we can do more of this in 2012.

That said, we invite you to join us on the new Live Fix Google Plus page because we’ll be hosting live Hangouts in January and we’d love to have you join us to talk about some of your favorite shows of 2011 and what you’re looking forward to in 2012. You can also follow us on our Twitter page @livefixmedia too for experiments, the latest news, interviews, concert contests and stuff.

Until then, drop a comment below and stay tuned for more!

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U2’s 360 Tour: Awe, Grandeur and Unforgettable Fan Experiences

u2 360 tour infographic

u2 360 tour infographic

For our twentieth episode of Live Fix Radio, join us as we continue to explore the grandeur of U2’s record-breaking 360 tour. Discover unforgettable fan experiences, the story behind the Claw from Enerpac engineer Tom Eggert, and how U2’s new documentary From The Sky Below chronicles the creative evolution of the band’s live performance.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast

  • “All I Want Is You” – live in Nashville
  • “Beautiful Day”  – live in Chicago

News and links:

Special thanks to YouTuber Raymondbritt for the outro music from the July 2011 Chicago show.

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this podcast episode, Heather Blanchard sent us this link  of an article she wrote about U2’s not so great social media fan experience. Thanks Heather!

What’s Your U2 story?

Did the U2 360 tour change your life and leave you in utter awe? We invite you to share your U2 concert experiences, past and present, and other thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, and we’ll feature them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Harry Potter Behavioral Experiments, Surviving Odd Future and Heavy Metal Rites of Passage

harry potter pitchfork music festival review 2011

harry potter pitchfork music festival review 2011


During this episode of Live Fix Radio we have for you:

  • An interview with Gideon, a curious concert fan who tells us why he did a hilarious Harry Potter shout-out experiment (check out the video) at Pitchfork 2011 and how The Flaming Lips rocked his world in Tennessee.
  • An interview with our friend Tyler who explains the details of his intriguing Pitchfork fashion experiment with photographer Jason Stoff, and why he believes eating half-pound heavy metal gourmet Mastodon hamburgers at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago and experiencing epic Nine Inch Nails and Metallica concerts are necessary rites of passage.
And as always, this show was recorded with the awesome Blue Microphone USB Snowflake and the portable Mikey.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (full songs played at end of the show)

  • “Do You Realize” – Flaming Lips  (Live at Austin City Limits 2006)
  • “Hurt” – Nine Inch Nails  (Live: And All That Could Have Been 2002)

Concert News

Whatcha Say About That?

Were you at the Pitchfork Music festival? Have you been to Kuma’s Corner? Did we saying something to rile you up? We invite you to share your concert experiences in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Chew On This: Did Trident Revitalize Fans at Pitchfork Music Festival?

Pitchfork Festival 2011 trident oxygen bar


Okay, now it’s time to share some more fan stories from Pitchfork Music Festival 2011! Check out the video above as we explored the Trident Vitality Lounge and had an ‘AWAKEN’ing session at the oxygen bar. Sorry for the shakiness of the video, I think they had the oxygen cranked up a bit to high while I was filming.

As you’ll see, we asked two fellow concert fans about how the oxygen bar session was impacting their Pitchfork experience.

And this was a great opportunity to continue our exploration of how our senses play a role during a concert, and how Wrigley’s 5 gum experience gave Coachella fans a chance to get interactive with their chewing gum.

And though it wasn’t nearly as digitally interactive at 5 Gum’s, Trident had a slightly similar angle at Pitchfork this year with their more physically and sensually-focused Vitality Lounge that offered fans free massages, relaxing couches to chill out on, and of course the oxygen bar.

What Was It Like?

Hanging out in the Trident Vitality Lounge was a very interesting and thought-provoking experience, so I dug a little deeper to find out more about oxygen bars and how they might impact our concert experiences, and if they really do have any medical benefits.

Did Trident Pass The Test?

And in this post we’ll also continue our experiments with brands who do or don’t engage concert fans.

That said, the minute I saw the booth at Pitchfork I was instantly curious to see if Trident was pushing the boundaries as a brand by making the concert experience more sensual and interactive for concert fans. And we’ll share our thoughts on that too.

What About Oxygen Bars?

First, let’s check out some info about medical benefits of oxygen bars.

According to this Askmen article, oxygen bars provide minimal benefits for fans and could actually do harm in some cases. The article does a solid job of explaining the facts and truth about oxygen bars and they sum it up by saying:

So the bottom line, according to the scientific data out there, is that though 20 minutes of pure oxygen isn’t likely to cause major damage, it won’t provide much good either. If anything, it will expose you to needless risks.

Oxygen bars have been around for awhile, so I took a look back in time to a 1997 CNN Health article that talks about the rise of oxygen bars and the growing trend of athletes using them and oxygen-enhanced bottled water.

The CNN article didn’t say anything about artists or fans using oxygen during a concert but imagine the effects would be the same.

You can learn more about the the company that makes the oxygen bars used at Pitchfork here, and read more about the history of oxygen bars here.

So Is Trident Pushing Boundaries?

Though it was a fun experience to try out the oxygen bar at Pitchfork, I don’t think Trident was exploring any new territory. And it didn’t help that the ladies working the booth didn’t know a whole bunch about the oxygen bars or the effects of them concert fans.

Yes, it was a nice thing to provide fans a place to relax and re-energize, but it would’ve been even better if Trident made a more personal connection between the live music experience and the Vitality Lounge.

And that’s one of the reasons why I asked Christia if she would have liked to try the oxygen bar out while she watched Battles play. By asking her that I was exploring the idea of Trident’s Vitality Lounge going beyond just being a service booth and evolving into a fully interactive concert experience that fans would appreciate and enjoy.

And that’s were Trident’s Vitality Lounge and most brand’s festival booths fall short. They either don’t make a lasting physical connection or they don’t focus too much on telling just the brand’s story, and not enough on telling or weaving in the fan story.

And that’s unfortunate because I chewed Trident’s Vitality gum all weekend long and loved it, just like Tune-Yards and TV on the Radio’s set.

But I can’t say the same for 5 Gum, which unfortunately loses it’s flavor pretty fast, like far too many of the sets at Pitchfork did this year.

It was also pretty annoying to keep getting asked by the AXE girls each time I passed by their big “Even Angels Will Fall” tent. It was funny though to see other Pitchfork fans playing games and using the Axe mini pump spray bottle to spray each other so many times that they reeked of AXE.

Why Don’t Brands Go Further?

But again, Trident, AXE and most brands I’ve seen at festivals unfortunately don’t make that personal connection. They don’t innovate in ways that matter emotionally. And they don’t make what their giving you — gum or deodorant samples — unique in any way.

Heck, it would’ve been interesting to see Trident or AXE create samples that had a unique Pitchfork logo or something that was sort of commemorative.

The One Thing Everyone Wants To Know

The last question, I’m still wondering about is whether or not fans who stopped by the Trident Vitality Lounge associated their memorable Pitchfork experience with their time in the Lounge?

And of course, the answer to that question is the ROI (Return On Investment) of why most brands spend the money to go to festivals.

And as it’s why, as Ad Age points out, Trident has a couple key objectives with their Vitality gum.

Also, the pellet-size gum, which comes in a box that “clicks” when opened or closed, is aimed at a slightly older demographic than 5, with the targeted audience being people in their 20s and 30s who are into wellness.

The message will focus “more on the experience associated with the gum,” said Mr. Maglaris, emphasizing that only one variety has the vitamin.

But will that experience be memorable for concert fans? Right now it’s not.

But it could have been if Trident, and AXE, focused more on telling a story and making a stronger emotional connection between their product and the concert fan experience.

There were over 18,000 concert fan stories that happened at Pitchfork 2011 and I didn’t see any brands making the most of the opportunity to connect their successful products in any memorable way.

Like I said, I love the Tune-Yards and TVOTR set, but when it comes down to it, I don’t associate my favorite Pitchfork musical experiences with Trident. The only connection that was memorable for me and Trident was talking with those two fans.  Beyond that what I was chewing was just something to keep my breath from smelling.

But enough about our experiences…

Were You There?

Were you at the Pitchfork Music festival to check out the Trident Vitality Lounge? We invite you to share your concert experiences in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Concert Preview: What Makes Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 Fan-centric and Unique?

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pitchfork festival 2011


One of the highlights of our summer music festival adventures is heading out to discover new bands and and hang out with fellow live music fans at Pitchfork Music Festival. So to get you ready for the show, here’s a preview I wrote for Blogcritics, plus a few extra goodies.

And be sure to stay tuned for a special bonus episode of Live Fix Radio as we explore Pitchfork past and present, share some music and examine the impact of concert fan expectations.

Editorial Note: Article first published as Concert Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 on Blogcritics.

Tomorrow Pitchfork Music Festival will once again rock Union Park in Chicago for the 6th straight year. Growing from an upstart hipster-friendly e-zine in the late nineties, Pitchfork has expanded its online taste-making influence into a successful destination summer music festival that has not only become the measuring stick for showcasing emerging independent music, but also served as the right of passage to the mainstream, as many acts that have played Pitchfork have gone on to play in front of thousands of fans at Lollapalooza the following year.

And this year Pitchfork boasts the most diverse and controversial lineup yet. To explain the back story and inspiration behind the 3-day celebration of taste-making mix of indie-rock, rap, electronic and pop music, we spoke with Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie to get his take on what’s most important to him and how they’ve been able to make the festival one of the most unique, community-based and fan-centric live music experiences around.

Q&A with Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork

LF: You guys have been putting on the festival since 2006. What do you guys love the most about putting it together. What are you most excited about this year?

CK: We’re excited about this year because it’s the most unique lineup we’ve ever had. There’s not one band on the bill that my mom would recognize. And that makes it more exciting than nerve-racking because that speaks to people’s desire to experience music that’s more left-of-center. We enjoyed creating that type of personal festival experience because it’s more like we created it ourselves, which makes it not like another festivals. That type of uniqueness also represents what we are as a magazine and what Pitchfork means to people.

You have experimented with specific features on Friday nights in previous years like bands playing their classic albums and fans picking the set list. But the last two years, and this year, you’ve chosen to just have bands play without any specific theme. Was there a reason behind that?

In past years, we’ve partnered with All Tomorrow’s Parties to celebrate other artists and their albums, but we decided to make the most of the festival time and showcase as many bands as possible, since that’s what we and the fans love and want the most.

What makes the festival unique beyond just the music experience?

Music is the most important thing to us and the next is the cost. We try very hard to keep our tickets affordable. We want to provide the best experience but not gouge fans beyond what is reasonable and the best value. Our goal is that when fans walk into the festival they don’t feel inundated with corporate sponsorship.

We try out best to integrate the sponsorship and keep it low key with the focus on the music. And we want fans to be able to come here and enjoy show without having to worry about buying an $8 bottle of water or a beer that’s too expensive. Celebrating the local artists with Flatstock and inviting arts and crafts groups is also a natural part of the festival. Like the picking the music, having those types of integrated experiences is something we work hard to do too.

We’ve all been to music festivals as fans ourselves and we pay close attention to what we enjoy and to what works. Buy going to festivals as fans you really get a good chance to see how the attendees and fans behave. And by watching them and listening very closely to what Pitchfork fans tell us, we make the necessary changes each year. Overall, we don’t really hear a lot of fans complaining about much, so for the most part, fans won’t notice the changes we make because they’re not that big or noticeable. And that’s part of the plan. We want to keep the experience just the way the fans like it and change the things they don’t.

You guys are expanding with a festival in Paris later this year. Are there plans to expand the Chicago festival next year?

What we’ve created in Chicago is something we love and don’t want to mess with. We wanted to do something international without recreating the Chicago experience so we decided to start a festival in Paris. Pitchfork Music Festival as an overarching entity can mean more than one thing, and whether that means Chicago grows or Paris grows, or it becomes another festival somewhere else. Either way we want to recreate the experiences in a way that people know what the Pitchfork Festivals are and will always be. We really enjoy putting on festivals and we feel that we do a good job. And, in the end, we’re only putting on festivals that we would want to go to.

How have some of your favorite concert experiences influenced the creation and evolution of Pitchfork?

I’ve had a lot of great memories at Pitchfork over the years. But one non-Pitchfork festival memory that I’ll always remember is watching fans freaking out the Primaveria Sound Festival in Barcelona. And besides that moment, I always love watching a band play Pitchfork and seeing them get so excited before, during and after their set. Seeing that all unfold from our perspective is really an awesome feeling.


Our Top Picks, Stay Tuned For More…

Over thirty bands will play Pitchfork this year, so here’s a quick rundown of some of our top picks for each day. And stay tuned for more updates during the weekend as we report on all the live music action and then wrap it all up with a full review next week.

Friday Top Picks

4:30 (BLUE) tUnE-yArDs – The music that Merrill Garbus creates with her band TuNeYards evokes a brilliant, seductive and immersing mix of love, joy, pleasure and pain. I love the surges and throbs that are induced as her emotive incantations and beautiful ballads flow through me. And I’m certain her sophomore album Whokill will be on my “Best Of” list in December. And with each passing performance, she’s demonstrating why her gorgeous and cunning blend of afro-pop, soul, funk, experimental rock, and luscious crooning — that somehow simultaneously channels Prince, Sam Cook and Captain Beefheart – is not to be missed live.

4:35 (GREEN) Battles – The stage is still rumbling from the last time Battles righteously prog-rocked the heck out of Pitchfork in 2008. Now it’s time for part deux with new tracks like “Wall Street” via their latest offering Gloss Drop. Cue the thunder. The lightning is about to strike again.

Saturday Top Picks

8:30 (GREEN) Fleet Foxes — Coming back for the second appearance at Pitchfork the Pacific Northwest indie-folk band of has a new batch of songs from Helplessness Blues with which to entrance ears and hearts. Union Park will never be so harmonious and lifted on a warm mid-summer night.

7:25 (RED) DJ Shadow – As one of the masterminds and pioneers of instrumental hip hop, Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) brings with him a whole crate of tricks and pleasures. His wizardry of mixing obscure samples and blending unexpected beats into groundbreaking, cinematic sonic portraits will culminate on Saturday evening as he dishes out fresh creations from his forthcoming album The Less You Know, The Better.

Sunday Top Picks

8:30 (GREEN) TV on the Radio – A magnificent melodic melee of palpable post-punk, electro-rock and experimental jazz is what this NY-based band specialty. And when they take the stage you can plan on strange and wondrous things happening all around you when the current of beautiful chaos begins to rush forth from the speakers on Sunday night. And don’t be surprised if you see fans hurled into glorious oblivion as they tear through tracks from their latest gem Nine Types of Light.

3:20 (RED) Odd Future – Expect a live shock-rap therapy session from this Southern Cali hip-hop crew. Led by the infamous rapper Tyler, The Creator, and a series of collective’s viral self-released mixtapes, they’re causing a raucous on the touring circuit, garnering praise in the minds of the young-folk, and receiving a host of mixed reviews from haters, doubters and championing critics. But don’t take their nasty rhymes that are filled with misogyny, rape, violence and juvenile deviance too seriously. They’re only playing a role and having fun mocking and mirroring society. None of it’s real they say. Oh, but we shall see…

Ticket Info: Sunday tickets are officially sold out; and the final batch of tickets for Friday and Saturday can be purchased here.

Watch It Online: Select sets will be available via the Pitchfork webcast.

Download the Pitchfork Mobile App: Yes, 2011 Pitchforkers are mobilized with the official Pitchfork Mobile App (iPhone only. Sorry no Android version this year). The app’s got all the social goodies and slick functionality you’ll need to navigate and keep tabs on the music all weekend. Go get it here.

Download eMusic free Pitchfork sampler.

Heading to the Show?

Heading to Pitchfork this year? Been there before? We invite you to share your Pitchfork concert experiences and in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.



FRIDAY, JULY 15 – gates at 3pm
8:30 (GREEN) Animal Collective
7:30 (BLUE) James Blake
7:20 (RED) Neko Case
6:30 (BLUE) Das Racist
6:25 (GREEN) Guided By Voices
5:30 (BLUE) Curren$y
5:30 (RED) Thurston Moore
4:35 (GREEN) Battles
4:30 (BLUE) tUnE-yArDs
3:30 (RED) EMA
3:20 (BLUE) Gatekeeper

SATURDAY, JULY 16 – gates at 12pm
8:30 (GREEN) Fleet Foxes
7:40 (BLUE) Zola Jesus
7:25 (RED) DJ Shadow
6:45 (BLUE) Twin Shadow
6:15 (GREEN) The Dismemberment Plan
5:45 (BLUE) The Radio Dept.
5:15 (RED) Destroyer
4:45 (BLUE) OFF!
4:15 (GREEN) Gang Gang Dance
3:45 (BLUE) Wild Nothing
3:20 (RED) No Age
2:50 (BLUE) G-Side
2:30 (GREEN) Cold Cave
1:55 (BLUE) Sun Airway
1:45 (RED) Woods
1:00 (BLUE) Chrissy Murderbot Feat MC ZULU
1:00 (GREEN) Julianna Barwick

SUNDAY, JULY 17 – gates at 12pm
8:30 (GREEN) TV on the Radio
7:25 (RED) Cut Copy
6:45 (BLUE) Toro Y Moi
6:15 (GREEN) Deerhunter
5:45 (BLUE) Kylesa
5:15 (RED) Superchunk
4:45 (BLUE) Baths
4:15 (GREEN) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
3:45 (BLUE) Shabazz Palaces
2:50 (BLUE) Twin Sister
2:30 (GREEN) Kurt Vile & the Violators
1:55 (BLUE) How to Dress Well
1:45 (RED) Yuck
1:00 (BLUE) Darkstar
1:00 (GREEN) The Fresh & Onlys

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Before Your Next Show: Get To Know Thrillcall and Earlove



During this episode of Live Fix Radio we explore how helps concert fans find their favorite live shows and discover emerging artists, and how Earlove makes sure your ears stay safe and sound while you get your rock on.

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Show Notes:

We’ve featured the concert widget on Live Fix (in the right column) since last year and we’re excited to have Courtnee Rizzo, Social Media Manager of, give us the inside scoop about how the San Francisco-based startup helps connect fans to the live music experience. Courtnee also filled us in on what she enjoys the most about reviewing concerts on the Thrillcall blog,  and why she’ll never (ever) forget seeing Coldplay live.

Chicago-based DJ, entrepreneur and hearing protection advocate Carolynn Travis tells us what inspired her to create Earlove for live music fans and bands, and why she ranks Orbital live in 1999 as one of her all-time favorite concerts.

Product Review For You

Continuing our exploration of cool stuff for concert fans, we also tell you why we give Earlove earplugs and the Etymotic HF2 earphones “Two Ears Up” after we put them through a very thorough concert fan examination at SXSW 2011 and other live shows this year.

What Did You Hear During the Podcast?

Orbital – “Chime” Live At Glastonbury 2004 (iTunes)

Coldplay – “Politik” Live in Sydney 2003 (iTunes)

Thanks again for listening and be sure to tell us what gadgets and sites you love to use to rock your favorite concerts!

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