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WIUX is going to Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend in the Windy City! This year's festival is headlined by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, and so many more but I cannot list them all here! Check out the lineup and then come back to listen to our curated, four hour-long playlist to keep you company until this weekend (just three more days!). If this playlist makes you decide that you must see this for yourself (which you should!), get the tickets here and join us for what will be a most memorable weekend.
"Black Diamonds" - Big Thief
I listened to this song off of Big Thief’s 2017 album, Capacity, on repeat all throughout the dreary winter months. Big Thief has a big, comforting sound that embraces vulnerability as a strength and the whole album has songs steeped in contemplation and longing. “Black Diamonds” is the last song on the album and feels brighter in comparison to the rest. It sounds like Adrianne Lenker, the lead singer, is patting you on the back for making it this far, in the album and also in life. Listen when you’re walking home alone at night and thinking about devotion.
“Jimmy Fallon Big” - Japanese Breakfast
I’m curious to see if Michelle Zauner will play this at the festival because it has a more explicitly personal and rawer feel than the other songs on Soft Sounds From Another Planet. If she does, we all know we’ll cry. This song specifically is about how the bass player from Zauner’s previous band, Little Big League, had to quit because they were off to do bigger and Jimmy Fallon-ier things. The most cutting line is the one she wails, “Why walk when you can show up on time?” It sounds like a cry of self-affirmation when everyone else is being too silent.
“Rewind” - Kelela
My girl Kelela has gotten me through many events in my life, particularly this song that talks about how you can become stuck thinking about someone but you can’t rewind that feeling. Add in the Miami bass sound and some neat snare, and you have a hot track that she will definitely be playing at Pitchfork.
“let gO Of my egO” - Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
Not only are his lyrics quick and upbeat, but each of his songs are melodically diverse and great to play loudly in the car. Seriously, blast this song while you drive and wait for that subtle, sweet bass drop.
Be prepared for #P4K by reading all of our preview coverage to be released throughout this week before the fest! All Thursday, WIUX will also be having our very own curated Pitchfork mix broadcast live on 99.1FM. Catch us at Union Park dancing to these songs and follow on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for live updates!