Pitchfork Music Festival: Top 10 Acts to Look Forward to
2. Yo La Tengo
"Yo La Tengo" is Spanish for "I have it," and ever since forming in 1985 and breaking out in the early '90s, the band's been universally acclaimed for its eclectic, addictive mix of folk, punk, shoegaze, instrumental noise, and electronic sounds into something wholly unique. This indie powerhouse has all of "it," and enough to share. We're anticipating an unforgettable extended jam set of dynamic instrumentals and classics like "Autumn Sweater" for a satisfying emotional release and a throwback to romantic youthful interludes.
1. R. Kelly
When we think "indie," the likeness of R. Kelly isn't typically first to cross our minds. Why, then, has the Grammy Award-winning, golden shower-giving King of R&B become a favorite of Pitchfork and pretty much anyone else with ears? After releasing the 33-episode "Trapped in the Closet" epic between 2005 and 2012, R. Kelly solidified his place as a genius, making his mark as one of music's smoothest, realest, and freakiest prolific artists to date.
Pitchfork Music Festival takes place from July 19 to 21, at Chicago's Union Park. Visit pitchforkmusicfestival.com.