... From the Festival Files
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2007

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We're jealous of Chicago. Granted, the city does endure some rough winters - but then the springtime comes, the city warms up, the Cubs begin another season, and the music festivals start rolling in.

There's Lollapalooza, of course, as well as the indie-focused Intonation Festival. Neither of those showcases have announced full lineups for 2007, but sources have leaked a partial lineup for the last member of the Chicago Music Festival Triumverate : Pitchfork.

Pitchfork entered the concert realm in 2005, when they partnered with Skyline Chicago to curate the year's Intonation festival. Pitchfork and concert promoter Mike Reed decided to take a different route the following year, establishing the Pitchfork Music Festival and allowing Intonation to fend for itself. Both festivals did well on their own, however, and Chicago was suddenly the proud recipient of two new summertime music events.

In exactly one week, Pitchfork will hold their Pitchfork Music Festival SXSW Party in Austin. The event won't be as large as Pitchfork's summertime showcase, but it'll still whet the public's appetite for the main festival, which will will be held from July 13th - July 15th. The newly expanded festival (now three days instead of two!) will feature performances by the several bands that Pitchfork has yet to bash. Girl Talk, Powerhouse Sound, Iron and Wine, Cat Power, Grizzly Bear, Jamie Lidell, Of Montreal, and Professor Murder are all scheduled to appear.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, and you can score a three-day pass for only $45. For all other info, check out the blog by Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot. Those locals always seem to have more information than us.


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