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Who to Watch at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

This year's Pitchfork Music Festival seeks to maintain a balance between musical discovery and celebration with a lineup of emerging and established artists. Check out our best picks.

This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival seeks to maintain a balance between musical discovery and celebration with a lineup of emerging and established artists. Saint Heron, the label and arts platform founded by Solange Knowles, will also curate an event series featuring an onsite art installation, film screenings, artist talks, late night jazz sessions, and more.

A Tribe Called Quest

The Queens rap collective who turned hip-hop into something jazzier and more abstract at the top of the ‘90s, A Tribe Called Quest are back, following the loss of founding member Phife Dawg. Their righteous anthems and calls for humanity have never felt more vital, or more necessary.

(Playing Saturday July 15th)

LCD Soundsystem

2017 Lineup: LCD Soundsystem headlines on Friday, July 14th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #LCDSoundsystem

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With his forward-thinking, highly influential group LCD Soundsytem, James Murphy bridged the gap between dance and punk in the 21st century, setting a tone of self-reflective cynicism and community that resulted in some of the decade’s greatest songs, from “All My Friends” to “ Losing My Edge.”

(Playing Friday July 14th)

PJ Harvey

2017 Lineup: @pjharveyofficial plays on Saturday, July 15th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #PJHarvey

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One of the defining voices of the ‘90s, PJ Harvey has forged an enduring career defined by radical transformation and razor-sharp song writing. From the brutal honesty of the 1992’s Dry to the modern protest songs of The Hope Six Demolition Project, Harvey has kept her unflinching gaze fixed on the state of the world, capturing it with all its unnerving humour and sadness intact.

(Playing Saturday July 15th)

Solange

2017 Lineup: @saintrecords plays on Sunday, July 16th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #Solange

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A Seat at the Table, the third album by Solange Knowles, is a vivid dialogue about black femininity that became the centrepiece of pop music in 2016. A modern auteur at top of her powers, Solange stands at the forefront of R&B, tying our past and future into a powerful, dizzying present.

(Playing Sunday July 16th)

The Avalanches

2017 Lineup: @theavalanches plays on Sunday, July 16th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #TheAvalanches

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On 2000’s Since I Left You, The Avalanches composed one of the decade’s first masterpieces, using thousands of samples but maintaining the sound of one momentous vision. The Australian DJs returned last year with Wildflower, a sophomore album that matches its predecessor in energy and delirious fun.

(Playing Sunday July 16th)

Danny Brown

2017 Lineup: @xdannyxbrownx plays on Friday, July 14th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #DannyBrown

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No one else sounds quite like Danny Brown. The Detroit rapper expresses himself in an inimitable squawk over squelchy, lurching beats that earn as many comparisons to fellow artists on Warp Record’s roster as they do his contemporaries in the hip-hop sphere.

(Playing Friday July 14th)

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton was the mastermind of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective, whose outrageous, spacey psych-funk has only expanded in influence since they first emerged in the ‘70s. Today, Clinton’s legacy continues to grow as he collaborates with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, his eye always fixed on the future.

(Playing Saturday July 15th)

RIDE

2017 Lineup: RIDE plays on Sunday, July 16th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #RIDE

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RIDE are one of the defining bands of shoegaze: their 1990 masterpiece Nowhere is one of the genre’s crown jewels. The Oxfordshire group return this tear with beatific, noisy pop that sounds like no time has passed since their halcyon days.

(Playing Sunday July 16th)

Derrick Carter

I really miss this man. Happy birthday Frankie!

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Derrick Carter is one of the pioneer DJs and producers of ‘90s Chicago house music, his name synonymous with the style for legions of devoted fans around the world. Carter’s inventive and uplifting grooves have served as an influence for a whole generation of artists, but he remains in a league of his own.

(Playing Sunday July 16th)

Madame Gandhi

2017 Lineup: @madamegandhi plays on Friday, July 14th. Tickets available now → Link in bio #P4Kfest #MadameGandhi

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Kiran Gandhi is an activist and electronic musician whose dizzying anthems stir up dancefloors while urgently calling for action. She got her start as a drummer for M.I.A, and now the Los Angeles musician is taking on the world on her own terms: the in-house DJ for the apocalypse.

(Playing Friday July 14th)

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