Concert Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

It’s about that time of year when we head to Union Park in Chicago to submerge ourselves in three days of live music curated by the musical tastemakers at The Pitchfork Music Festival starts today and this year just might be one of the best lineups they’ve had in their five year history.

To get you ready for Pitchfork 2010 we have a full list of the bands playing, a few of our top picks, and a couple comedic and fan behavior things to look out for before you head to the show this weekend.

Will Pitchfork Fans Make The List?

We’ve seen a lot fans having fun at concerts this year, but will any Pitchfork 2010 fans make the Live Fix “So Far” List?

Will The New Bands Bring It Live?

Pitchfork Festival’s line-up always features several new and emerging bands, so one of the things that I love to see is which bands can put out a solid record and put on a great live show. And I’m sure there will be moments of fantastic discovery and unfortunate disappointment. And we’ll be sure to tell you all about in the daily updates and in the final Blogcritics review.

Our Top Picks

Like I said, this year is packed with a lot of great bands, but if we had to narrow it down, these are a few of the bands were expecting great things form. Yes, this is a short list and we promise to share more about why we like them later. For know you can get to know them via the band’s Amazon stores.

LCD Sound System


Broken Social Scene



Local Natives


Titus Andronicus

Comedy Stage Wild Cards

One of the new things this year at Pitchfork is the featuring of live comedy on the B stage. With stand-up comedians like Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter entertaining us in-between the music, I’m wondering what sort of emotional rhythm will that create during the festival?

What will it be like to go from laughing to hilarious punchlines to taking in an completely different musical experience that might be more mello or serious, or vice versa?

Will we get to see the improv skills of the comedians as they follow bands and lead in to the next set?

Either way, it should be interesting to see how fans respond and what sort of impact it has on the overall musical experience.

Watch Pitchfork 2010 Online via Optimus

We posted the recently about how virtual concert experiences are changing the way we experience live music in person. Though it’s not a completely interactive experience per se. Nonetheless, if you can’t get to Union Park, this weekend, you can watch online via Optimus, Pitchfork’s official webcast partner. Go to Pitchfork’s main site and follow the instructions to “launch the player.”

More To Come… Follow The Fun On Twitter
Well, that’s it for the Pitchfork 2010 preview. Stay tuned for daily updates and be sure to follow along as we do some live tweeting from the festival via @chriscatania.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Schedule

8:30 (A) Modest Mouse
8:00 (B) Eugene Mirman
7:20 (C) Broken Social Scene
7:15 (B) Michael Showalter
6:30 (B) Wyatt Cenac
6:25 (A) Robyn
5:45 (B) Hannibal Burress
5:30 (C) Liars
4:35 (A) El-P
4:00 (C) Tallest Man On Earth
3:30 (A) Sharon Van Etten

8:30 (A) LCD Soundsystem
7:40 (B) Freddie Gibbs
7:25 (C) Panda Bear
6:45 (B) Bear In Heaven
6:15 (A) Wolf Parade
5:45 (B) WHY?
5:15 (C) Blues Explosion
4:45 (B) The Smith Westerns
4:15 (A) Raekwon
3:45 (B) Dâm-Funk
3:20 (C) Titus Andronicus
2:50 (B) Kurt Vile
2:30 (A) Delorean
1:55 (B) Sonny & The Sunsets
1:45 (C) Real Estate
1:00 (A) Free Energy
1:00 (B) Netherfriends

8:30 (A) Pavement
7:40 (B) Sleigh Bells
7:25 (C) Big Boi
6:45 (B) Neon Indian
6:15 (A) Major Lazer
5:45 (B) Cass McCombs
5:15 (C) St. Vincent
4:45 (B) Surfer Blood
4:15 (A) Lightning Bolt
3:45 (B) Local Natives
3:20 (C) Beach House
2:50 (B) Washed Out
2:30 (A) Girls
1:55 (B) Best Coast
1:45 (C) Here We Go Magic
1:00 (B) Cave
1:00 (A) Allá

A=Aluminum Stage, B=Balance Stage, C=Connector Stage

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