Tuesday Tunes: Pitchfork Music Festival

Festival season has long since kicked off, but it isn’t over yet (amen). Union Park will be hosting some pretty rad bands this year for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival, thrown by much beloved Pitchfork Media, of course. Who better to trust than one of the most vetted music review sites alive on the glorious cat-ridden waves of the internet? We love us a great festival, and though we can’t make it to Chicago this year (sob), here are our recommendations of four artists you can’t miss.

1) FKA twigs


British singer-producer Tahliah Barnett, primarily referred to as FKA twigs (the FKA stands for “Formerly Known As”), creates lush soundscapes and ethereal vocals which recall 90s trip-hop idols. LP1 is her first full-length album and will be released in August 2014. Her EP2, released last fall, has generated a ton of acclaim. She couldn’t be chosen as Spotify’s spotlighted artist or nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 prize otherwise.


2) St. Vincent


From The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band, Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, blends jazz with indie rock and persuasive guitar riffs for ultra catchy vibes. As a multi-instrumentalist, her unorthodox musical style keeps things from getting dull. Her recent LP has gained universal praise and showcases her tuneful chops.


3) Grimes


Canadian artist Claire Boucher is not only a producer, singer, and songwriter; the multi-talented Grimes is also a director, painter, and writer. It’s a wide array of influences that make their mark known in Grimes’ almost indefinable music. As Tastemakers Magazine has said, her music resembles an “alien love-child of Aphex Twin and ABBA.” We’re pretty sure that line has gotten you at least a little curious, right?


4) tUnE-yArDs


You may have heard this Afro-pop project of Merrill Garbus, previously of indie project Sister Suvi. Tune-Yards’ songs have been heard in Orange Is the New Black, Weeds, and The Good Wife. Nikki Nack was released back in May to notable reviews. How does it sound? Think of off-the-cuff field recordings, super rad beats, and looped brass horns with catchy refrains.


Check out some of our festival inspired picks below and find more goodies at GoJane.com!

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