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This morning a new batch of acts were confirmed for July's Pitchfork Music Festival. On Friday Swedish pop star Robyn, art-rock royalty Liars, and singer-songwriters the Tallest Man on Earth and Sharon Van Etten will join headliners Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene. On Saturday the festival adds Montreal pop weirdos Wolf Parade, Spanish synthsters Delorean, hazy garage combo Real Estate, retro rockers Free Energy, Lil-Wayne-loving future-pop group JJ, Philly troubadour Kurt Vile, quasi-rapper Why?, and psych-flavored locals Netherfriends to a lineup topped by LCD Soundsystem. Sunday gets probably the most significant and definitely the buzziest batch of additions, including (possibly former) OutKast member Big Boi, Diplo/Switch dancehall project Major Lazer, acclaimed vibe makers Beach House, chillwave sensations Neon Indian and Washed Out, next-gen alt-guitar rockers Surfer Blood, and California throwbacks Local Natives and Best Coast.
The addition of Big Boi to a bill that already includes Raekwon and Gary-born mike killer Freddie Gibbs means that I officially owe Pitchfork an apology. It's easy (and fun) to make fun of how white Pitchfork's approach to hip-hop is, but booking three of the best rappers alive is an awesome thing to do even if you're the biggest honky on the planet. The Pitchfork fest has more hip-hop acts than the massively bigger Lollapalooza—including a Friday set by El-P, who's good but not quite of the same caliber. Thumbs up to that.
Three-day passes sold out super quick this year, but single-day tickets are still available. If you haven't already snatched up a Sunday ticket to see Pavement headline, I'd say get one as soon as you can. The odds of Big Boi wrecking the motherfucker are about even.