Pitchfork Music Festival 2017
More than two decades since the website was founded, Pitchfork remains one of the most powerful voices in music journalism, capable of making and breaking careers quicker than you can say “Best New Music”. Unsurprisingly, the latest edition of their festival boasts another impeccable line-up. Here’s who we’ll be watching at Union Park, Chicago, between July 14th and 16th.
Whether you’re an R&B fan or not, Solange – the younger Knowles sister – made one of the most vital albums of 2016. A Seat At The Table was a powerful exploration of race and womanhood in America that nodded to the groove-tinged undercurrent of her earlier work. Needless to say, seeing her perform these delicate, soulful musings that speak to the power of black culture is sure to be nothing short of magical.
A Tribe Called Quest
In the aftermath of the unexpected death of member Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and co worked to complete one of 2016’s most potent hip hop albums. Unsurprising, really, given that Tribe are one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time. They are, of course, going out in style after decades of some of the most insightful, gorgeously-produced tracks in the genre: if you have even a fleeting interest in rap, Tribe are unmissable.
With a voice as rich as Joni Mitchell, there is so much to love about Californian artist Weyes Blood. You might know her from collaborative work with Ariel Pink, but her misty-eyed solo output very much merits your attention too. Her latest album is replete with hazy soundscapes and vocals that float like a dream through songs about love and life. Heads up: this performance will probably give you goosebumps.