Friday, July 22, 2016

Some Music I Liked This Week

In lieu of sharing new music last week, I attended Pitchfork Music Festival for the third straight year and the fourth year overall. While this year's lineup was relatively light in terms of bands I listen to regularly, the experience was worth it all the same.

I watched personal favorites like Car Seat Headrest and Anderson .Paak and earned a new appreciation for bands like Savages and Broken Social Scene. I was mostly oblivious of celebrity cameos, whether it was John and Joan Cusak singing with Brian Wilson or Hannibal Buress taking in sets amongst the everyday crowd. And I enjoyed some head-turning performance art during Sufjan Stevens and Jenny Hval.

Top Five Sets (In No Particular Order):

1. Savages
2. Girl Band
3. Anderson .Paak
4. Car Seat Headrest
5. Whitney

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Wild Beasts


Wild Beasts are returning with their fifth studio album,  Boy King, and with it, they're bringing my new mantra, "Big cat top of the food chain." The entire album is out in early August.

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Francis and the Lights


At minute 2:14, I suddenly realized what I must have looked like while participating in Capers at South Dakota State University. While the choreographed routine featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a treat and anything involving Kanye West is worth at least a moment of your time, I think this R&B jam from Francis and the Lights stands alone sans video.

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Preoccupations


The artists formerly known at Viet Cong are now Preoccupations due to backlash involving their name. Thankfully their name is the only thing that changed. I've already experienced a band I loved transition out of my rotation after a name change and I don't think I can go through that again.

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