1. Danny Brown @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    Aside from Lil B’s set last year, I think Danny Brown had the most energetic (and youngest) crowds I’ve seen at Pitchfork, the difference being that Brown had the talent and charisma to justify the near-hysteric response. The Detroit hip hop artist’s ferocious high-pitched raps and vibrant club beats made for one of the funnest sets of the weekend.

    Setlist: Break It (Go) / Smokin & Drinkin / Express Yourself / Blueberry (Pills and Cocaine) / Lie4 / Handstand / I Will Side / B (Dope Song) / Monopoly / Bruiser Brigade / Kush Coma / 25 Bucks / Dip

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Fest (Saturday) here.

  2. Alvvays "Adult Diversion"




    Alvvays' newly released debut LP is easily one of the best indie pop albums I’ve heard this year and jangly opener “Adult Diversion” does a wonderful job of distilling the band’s lush, reverb-drenched sound into 3 and a half minutes of fuzz-pop bliss.

    Alvvays is out now via Polyvinyl Records. Stream here.

  3. tUnE-yArDs @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    This was my second time seeing tUnE-yArDs since she added a full live band (undoubtedly to recreate the complex, experimental pop songs from her new album, Nicki Nack). While I miss watching Merrill single-handedly creating all the vocal and instrumental loops on the spot, she still has a manic, infectious energy and a robust catalogue of whimsical pop anthems like “Water Fountain”, “Gangsta” and “Wait For A Minute” that makes her live show an utter delight.

    Setlist: Left Behind / Sink-O / Real Thing / Time of Dark / Hey Life / Gangsta / Powa / Wait for a Minute / Stop That Man / Bizness / Water Fountain

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Fest (Saturday) here.

  4. Now Playing: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson #vinylsunday

    Now Playing: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson #vinylsunday

  5. Cloud Nothings @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    Cloud Nothings were one of my most anticipated bands of the day at Pitchfork Festival, party because their previous appearance was shortened by heavy rain. The Cleveland band made a triumphant return on Saturday, blasting through melodic noise-rock onslaughts like “Stay Useless”, “Psychic Trauma” and the epic “Wasted Days”, whipping the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

    Setlist: Now Hear In / Stay Useless / Psychic Trauma / Giving Into Seeing / Fall In / Separation / Pattern Walks / Quieter Today / Cut You / I’m Not Part of Me / Wasted Days

    View all my photos from Pitchfork (Saturday) here.

  6. This Spotify playlist is so hot right now…

    For those of you on Spotify, I now have a Best Songs of 2014 Ongoing Playlist which I’ll update every couple weeks or so with my favorite tracks of the year. The playlist is in reverse chronological order order right now, but I’ll rank them closer to year-end. As usual, it’s one song per artist. I’ve also included the playlist in the sidebar (see below image) so you can listen while you browse.

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  7. Wild Beasts @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    Wild Beasts dark synth-rock soundscapes was an early highlight, Saturday at Pitchfork. The British quartet’s melancholic anthems are probably better suited for shadowy clubs than a bright summer day but they made the most of it and provided a mesmerizing set.

    Setlist: Mecca / Reach a Bit Further / Sweet Spot / A Simple Beautiful Truth / Daughters / Hooting & Howling / Bed of Nails / A Dog’s Life / Wanderlust / All the King’s Men

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Saturday) here.

  8. Electric Youth "Runaway"




    I think, other than Chromatics, Electric Youth have had my favorite post-Drive OST career. Here’s another brilliant, hypnotic tune from the synth-pop duo for their upcoming debut LP.

    Innerworld is out 9/30 on Secretly Canadian