Review: Pitchfork Music Festival – Saturday (July 18, 2015)

Saturday at Pitchfork Music Festival was definitely one to remember. Not only did I get to see killer performances, but my friends are I got absolutely drenched by the rain that briefly evacuated the festival during the middle of the day.

We started out the day by seeing Bully perform on the Blue Stage. Although I was not very familiar with Bully before the performance, I was highly impressed. Bully’s frontwoman, Alicia Bognanno, slayed her mint green electric guitar while busting out lyrics. My favorite songs from the set were ‘Trying’ , ‘Sharktooth’ and ‘I Remember’. I highly recommend checking out Bully when they play in Chicago at Lincoln Hall Friday October 9 for $12.

Later in the day we headed to the Green Stage to get a spot for Kurt Vile and the Violators. Unfortunately, it began to downpour rain with extremely heavy winds. We had to evacuate the festival and leave our first row spot.

We returned back to the festival just in time for Future Islands. Samuel T. Herring put on an incredible performance with his dancing and growls between lyrics. My favorite part of the set was when they played their single ‘Seasons’. Everyone was dancing and swaying in the crowd. I turned and saw everyone around me smiling and moving around.

At the end of the night, we got to see both Sleater-Kinney and Vic Mensa. As a fan of the show Portlandia, I was excited to see actress and member of Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein, perform. These women got the crowd going when they started with ‘The Fox’ .  They drew in a huge crowd and it’s no surprise since they are an extremely talented group. We left Sleater-Kinney early to go to the Blue Stage to see Vic Mensa. Although we were towards the back of the crowd, Vic Mensa did not disappoint. My favorite parts of the set was when he performed his song ‘Down On My Luck’ and a cover of Future’s ‘Codeine Crazy’.

Marissa Rocchi

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