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Pitchfork Fest Bands I Filmed/Saw

Worked as a Camera Assistant for the Blue Stage at Pitchfork, here are the bands that we filmed as well as a few others that I saw while on break.
1Dawn Richard

Really liked her stuff, she sounded a bit like Beyonce but with more of a mix of rock and dance music. The guitarist and drummer were both super great, the whole stage was literally shaking from the bass.
She was also super nice, managed to talk with her a bit after the show. She was very humble and easygoing. Her mom was there too and talked to me for about 20 minutes before and after the show about how proud she and how she got her talent because her mom was a dancer and her dad was a singer lol
2William Tyler
Modern Country

Sort of like a folk-rock jam band? Either way they were rad, singer was super nice too afterwards.
One problem was that their bass amp fried out halfway through the set and they didn't do a good job of keeping the audience while they were fixing it. Bassist was really cool about it afterwards and told me to make sure the crew knew he wasn't upset about it.
3Frankie Cosmos
Next Thing

Wasn't too much of a fan, they were like riot grrrl without the riot. The one really cool thing about them was the constant tempo changes, but even that got old and predictable after that became the only interesting thing. Her vocals were really solid though, so were the drums. Guitar sounded really loud and clangy.
To be fair, I overheard the band saying they did ass so maybe they usually sound better.
4Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition

I watched this one from a distance. Never heard any of his stuff, but he sounded cool and had a funny voice.

Kinda hated and loved this at the same time. It was my first DJ concert and it was nothing like I expected, probably because he was a Venezuelan cross-dressing singer/DJ. His fans looked rabid and a couple looked like they were having seizures rather than dancing. He played disturbing images on his background and played cacophonous sounds like air raid sirens mixed with his music. He had an incredible stage presence and even though the music was highly abrasive (I was standing right in front of the bass amps and could literally not breathe), it was disjointed in a surprisingly artful way and I enjoyed it much more than I thought at a primal level.
6Cherry Glazerr

These guys were absolutely incredible, it was like indie rock meets heavy metal. Music was super heavy and fun, there was a lot of variety and melody and had one hell of a stage presence. The singer crawled onto the stage and started making animal noises before starting her song. Both the singer/guitarist and singer/keyboardist were female and did some incredible harsh vocals, was not expecting their level of heaviness. Talked a bit to both of them after the show and the keyboardist shook my head, while the guitarist stripped down to her underwear for the rest of her time there after talking.
I tend to have that effect on women I guess.
Puberty 2

Her music didn't do too much for me but her voice was amazing. I watched her from inside the director's truck cause I was on break so I didn't the full experience, but I thought her stuff worked better when it was quieter and more folky. I got a kind of Alanis Morissette vibe from her. She was really talented at the bass and her guitarist was good too, even if it was a bit distractingly in direct.
8Francis and the Lights
Farewell, Starlite!

Not really my cup of tea, a DJ and a singer. He wasn't very good, kind of generic 80s synth influence. He had a great presence onstage but he wasn't a very good dancer. At one point he jumped off the stage and started climbing a tree -- security wasn't expecting that to be sure.
Shades of Blue

Boring show, some dope jams. A moshpit started at one point.
10PJ Harvey
Let England Shake

I snuck over to the Red Stage to see her really close for a while but eventually security moved us out "because she's fuckin' crazy." Really powerful singer and had a huge band onstage with her. I've only heard her latest album but she really killed it onstage.
11A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory

They were incredible, only made me want to listen to their stuff even more. Did a cover of Kanye's "Spaceship" which was neat. Wish I coulda filmed them.
12Derrick Carter
Fabric 56

"Boring show, some dope jams." [2]
Think I liked him better than Madlib tho.
13Joey Purp

He was a powerful rapper with a good variety of beats and high energy. He had a huge posse with him backstage, including Chance's manager. Bunch of guest rappers came up on stage with him and they all shot the crowd up with water guns and balloons.

Sounded exactly what you would expect a band called Pinegrove to sound like; indie-rock with a touch of folk/country. Really talented and chill group of guys, super down-to-earth when I got to say hey afterwards. They had like three guitarists despite their chill genre, which lended a really full sound to their music. Definitely gonna be checking these guys out afterwards.
15American Football
American Football

Absolutely honored to share the same stage with these guys. I've always been meaning to give these guys a listen and they blew me away, uber-melodic music with dense layers and absolute gorgeous riffs. Only thing I didn't really dig was the marimba or whatever it was. It sound really strange and out of place, ruining a lot of the atmosphere but most of the time it was too quiet to really hear.
A Seat at the Table

Lovely lovely vocals, huge backing brass band, and a beautiful stage set. She sounded much more at home live than she did on her album, and I definitely preferred her live. It was an experience that I'm grateful I was able to have.
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