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Our guide to the Pitchfork Music Festival gives you the skinny on what to check out today. If it's your first day at the festival, check Miles Raymer's introduction for general info. We have reviews of all of Saturday's acts, but the itineraries from staff and other contributors may be more helpful for planning your day. For today, we've got music editor Philip Montoro ("I'm not sure I should bother with Liturgy minus drummer Greg Fox, but I'm perversely curious to see how 'transcendental black metal' works with a laptop for a rhythm section"), staff writer Kevin Warwick ("Maybe tweet some shit or something"); Britt Julious, Best of Chicago winner and senior editor of This Recording ("Grimes is my new favorite Galactic Fairy Princess"); WBEZ Weekender host Alison Cuddy ("What outfit can handle the heat, goes well with neon, and isn't prone to porta-potty fail?"); and me ("Cults, overlapping slightly with Youth Lagoon. Translation: beer and shade away from the music.").
And for all the people who don't mind going out after broiling in the sun and/or soaking in the rain, we've got a handy guide to all the afterparties tonight.
We'll be retweeting staff and contributors' Pitchfork festival musings, reports, and observations on our Twitter feed. We'll also be posting stuff on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and look out on the Bleader for some photo updates from the show.
Make sure to stop by our Family Portrait Pop Up Tent on the festival grounds. We'll be taking portraits—joining us will be Glitterguts, winner of Best Photo Booth to Make Out In from this year's Best of Chicago—and giving away prizes to the subjects of our favorite photos. Items to be featured: A talking Darth Vader helmet, a stuffed rooster, muumuus, track suits, and high fives. And if you're riding your bike to the festival, hit up one of our Biker Villages (one at Ashland and Walnut, the other at Ashland and Madison) for secure parking, free water, and more!
Make sure to stay safe and hydrated, and we'll be seeing you all weekend long, here on the Bleader, all over social media, and at the festival itself.