- Inez Van Lamsweerde
- The inimitable Bjork. Not pictured: The six-foot Tesla coil she's been using to play the bass line to "Thunderbolt."
It's going to be a muggy and very likely rainy Friday—unless you're stuck wearing your best shoes in the mud, an evening thunderstorm will probably be a relief. (I went to college in Houston, so my comment on this alleged "heat wave" would be very much like Chris Weingarten's
.) Stay hydrated, though, and the Pitchfork lineup promises to be a lot of fun: Trash Talk tears it up at 4:15, Mikal Cronin plays at 6:15 (fresh from a Conan appearance
), and Bjork hits the stage with her menagerie of odd instruments (including a Tesla coil!) at 8:15. I know, I know, musical Tesla coils are some tired-ass Boing Boing
shit—but we're talking about a Tesla coil integrated into a world-class stage show, not a Tesla coil playing the Super Mario theme in a parking lot. That better not get rained out.
For those of you who aren't feeling the "sweaty and rambunctious" angle, Pitchfork offers some stirring and beautiful music too: Frankie Rose at 3:20, Angel Olsen at 5:15, and Joanna Newsom at 7:30. As I understand it, Ms. Newsom is an elf and thus immortal, and immortals never complain about the humidity. So she'll at least be setting a good example.
You can read reviews of all ten Friday artists here (don't forget the afterparties), and over here are hour-by-hour itineraries from Peter Margasak, Gwynedd Stuart, and contest winner Kayla Hartman. Throughout the evening Reader contributors will be posting to Twitter (follow @Chicago_Reader or use this handy list) and Instagram (also @Chicago_Reader). After the jump: a video where Margasak and Mark Guarino of the Sun-Times discuss their Friday picks.