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Pitchfork Music Festival: Saturday

LCD Soundsystem, Freddie Gibbs, the Smith Westerns, Raekwon, and more


Intro | Friday | Sunday


1 PM Free Energy  Aluminum

1 PM Netherfriends Also Sun 7/18 at Double Door, 21+.  Balance

1:45 PM Real Estate Over the past year or so this New Jersey combo (relocated to Brooklyn, as so many do) has staked out prized territory in many an indie record geek's heart with a succession of great singles—sweet little bits of bubblegum, lightly played and sunk into waves of vintage-style reverb and treble-heavy twang, all tossed off so casually they seem effortless. Late in 2009 they were collected into a self-titled album released by the hot-shit Woodsist label. Also Fri 7/16 at Beauty Bar (DJ set), 21+, and Sun 7/18 at Subterranean, 17+.  Connector —MR

1:55 PM Sonny & the Sunsets  Balance

2:30 PM Delorean Also Fri 7/16 at the Empty Bottle, 21+, and Beauty Bar (DJ set), 21+.  Aluminum

2:50 PM Kurt Vile Philadelphia-based singer-guitarist Kurt Vile veers between stadium-ready rock god and bedroom-studio shut-in on his two recent Matador releases. The guy's got a gift for writing lift-your-lighter anthems like the Suicide-meets-the Feelies jam "Freak Train" and the bluesy "Inside Lookin' Out," but he sounds just as invested strumming two-line acoustic throwaways. His backing combo, the Violators, brings out his righteous side on record, so I'm betting Vile will deliver some big rock moments today. Also at Subterranean tonight, 17+.  Balance —BM

3:20 PM Titus Andronicus Titus Andronicus's self-titled 2008 debut was a sprawling mess that tried to crossbreed nervy, nihilistic hardcore and the more epic moments of Born to Run, and though most of the songs ended up flaming out before they reached their potential, they did so spectacularly. The band's recent follow-up, The Monitor (XL), only tweaks the formula, but they've got a better grip on the wheel, and this time their punk/Boss hybrids cohere into something more coherent and compelling but no less volatile. Also Friday 7/16 at Subterranean, 17+.  Connector —MR

3:45 PM Dam-Funk LA producer, DJ, and party promoter Dam-Funk has the retro-futuristic look to go with his retro-futuristic electro-funk. Like Prince, Roger Troutman, and a slew of funk visionaries from the pre-hip-hop era—and unlike many artists in the generations that followed—he not only cherishes the synthesizer's robotic sheen but also takes care to preserve the imperfections that come with a human touch. What sets him apart from those forebears is that he'll let his songs—like the addictive "Mirrors," from last year's massive Toeachizown (Stones Throw)—drift like a pothead's attention. Also Thu 7/15 at Bottom Lounge with Neon Indian and El-P (DJ set); free with RSVP to uptheantics.com/pitchfork, 18+.  Balance —MR

4:15 PM Raekwon Raekwon is probably the member of Wu-Tang with the least interest in the group's metaphysical vibe, preferring grimy cinematic depictions of drug slinging and the criminal life. His 1995 solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx . . . , set the template for more than a decade of verite trap-rap narratives, and last year's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx . . . Pt. II was a welcome return to form after some less-than-stellar efforts. The recent mix tape Cocainism: Vol. 2—a tense, dizzying block of beats stuffed full of Raekwon's typically complex lyrics—suggests that he's back to stay.  Aluminum —MR

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