In addition to insane humidity and mediocre baseball, for many Chicago residents, summer also means meticulously planning an itinerary of which of the far-too-many neighborhood and music festivals to attend. One that’s on everyone’s radar and coming up pretty quickly is the diverse and heavily-anticpated Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on July 13-15, featuring Feist, Grimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Danny Brown, Japandroids and many, many more. Today, festival organizers announced a pretty exciting crop of aftershows, beginning Thursday night the 12th with a celebration of the weird and brilliant in visual arts. The Show ‘n’ Tell Show at Lincoln Hall, in partnership with the Flatstock poster art festival and the American Poster Institute, features some of the finest poster artists in the country swapping stories, making you laugh and overloading your senses, including Silent Giants and Sonnenzimmer, as well as an appearance from Burlesque of North America. The same venue will paly home to an aftershow on the 14th featuring festival acts Chromatics and Baio, a.k.a. Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend.
The most insane (and probably the most entertaining) late-night talk and variety show on television, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, goes live at the Bottom Lounge to round out the festival shenanigans Sunday night the 15th. Eric Andre and his less-than-enthusiastic co-host, Hannibal Buress, will bring their antics to the audience with interviews, surprised guests, and lord-knows-what-else, along with musical co-headliners Flying Lotus.
If sweating in Union Park for a weekend doesn’t sound like your bag, many of the fest’s biggest acts are also playing aftershows around town, including Father John Misty (J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes), Liturgy, BlackBook favorites Purity Ring, Hot Chip (who released a great new album last month) doing a DJ set and Ty Segall playing two shows, one with The Men and one with Japandroids. One of the most exciting aftershows is a comedy-type arrangement, featuring hilarious former Saturday Night Live writer Hannibal Buress and another Chicagoland native, Kyle Kinane, alongside Anticon rapper Serengeti. Rad. Here’s the rest so you can start planning now.
Thursday, July 12:
Beat Connection, Teen Daze, White Arrows – Schubas
Delicate Steve – Subterranean
Death Cab for Cutie, Calexico – Grant Park (Taste of Chicago)
Japandroids, Ty Segall – Lincoln Hall
Friday, July 13:
Lower Dens, No Joy – Empty Bottle
Hannibal Burress, Kyle Kinane, Serengeti – Lincoln Hall
Lotus Plaza, Dent May – Subterranean
The Psychic Paramount, Human Eye – Cobra Lounge
Purity Ring – Schubas
Simian Mobile Disco – The Mid
Saturday, July 14:
The Coathangers, White Mystery, Heavy Cream – Cobra Lounge
Dawnbringer – Reggie’s Rock Club
Father John Misty – Schubas
Hot Chip (DJ set) – Beauty Bar
Liturgy – Hideout
Ty Segall, the Men – Empty Bottle
The Atlas Moth – Ultra Lounge
Sunday, July 15:
King Tuff, Jaill, Natural Child – Cobra Lounge
Tanlines – Lincoln Hall
The Olivia Tremor Control – Reggies Rock Club
Thee Oh Sees – Empty Bottle
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dirty Beaches, A Lull – Schubas
Multi-day passes for the festival are sold out, but you can still get single-day tickets at $45 each here. If you don’t want to shell out or are too far away, you can host a viewing party in the comfort of your home when Pitchfork.tv streams the festival on YouTube.