In a pickle about who to catch at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival? We got you.
Other than the jaw dropping headliners of this year’s fest, numerous other artists are set to take on one of three stages in Chicago’s Union Park. Pitchfork tends to have an eye for booking artists before they go viral. Below, you can find some that may return to Pitchfork some day as a legendary headliner.
1. Jamila Woods
You might recognize her goose-bump-inducing voice from The Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy“. Jamila Woods is highly regarded among her hometown peers of Chicago, collaborating with Chance the Rapper, Eryn Allen Kane, Saba, Malcom London, Kweku Collins, and more. Jamila is more than a vocalist and songwriter. She is a published poet as well as a teacher of the craft and Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors (where she organizes the largest poetry festival in the world, Louder Than a Bomb).
Some more Chicago artists – NE-HI is an indie rock band conformed of members Jason Balla (guitar/vocals), Mikey Wells (guitar/vocals), James Weird (bass) and Alex Otake (drums). They got their start in the DIY scene in Chicago, and have steadily built up a strong and loyal following due to their spirited live sets.
L.A. group Cherry Glazerr may be young (we’re talking late teens and early twenties) but don’t let that mislead you from their sophisticated and unique pop rock sound that has sent them jet setting across the country to perform at Pitchfork. Lead vocalist and guitarist Clementine Creevy channels her knowledge of punk and grunge and reinterprets it with an added feminine edge.
4. Kilo Kish
Kilo Kish might still be a newbie in the music scene, but she has already worked with the likes of Vince Staples (also set to perform at Pitchfork this year), Childish Gambino, Chet Faker, The Internet and The Gorillaz. Her voice jumps between slow raspy rhythms to quick whispering raps.
Multi-instrumentalist Laetitia Tamko originally hails from Cameroon and is now based in New York City. She plays all instruments herself, and is planning on continuing to do so on her first headlining tour this summer. Having full creative control over her music makes it that much more intimate to listen to. Vagabon carefully navigates between the use of a strong combination of instruments to precise moments of minimal sounds. She has that soul-quenching -heart-wrenching dichotomy that exists in music from the likes of Mumford & Sons or Of Monsters and Men. Check out this interview Bandcamp Daily conducted with her to get a better glimpse at her unique artistry.
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