PLACE: MINSTREL STUDIOS, IOWA CITY, IA
It’s early Autumn, 1991, just a few weeks from the perfect storm that would produce Nirvana’s “Nevermind,, Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Teenage Fanclub’s “Bandwagonesque” and Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend.”
Radio had been privy to these three competing albums and though each would distinguish themselves in unique ways; “Girlfriend” and “Bandwagonesque” would both duke it out for power pop kingdom, whereas, “Nevermind” would own the ‘grunge’ race, which really had no equal that autumn, other than “Ten”. SPIN would name “Bandwagonesque” over “Nevermind” for ‘Album of the Year’– an astonishing feat, even seen through today’s lens.
Before this year, I had never been to Pitchfork Festival. I would call myself an avid concert goer. I had seen a decent amount of the 2017 lineup including Vince Staples, Cherry Glazerr, and Danny Brown at other shows. I had gone to Eaux Claires a couple of years. But I had never been to Pitchfork Festival.
The organization Pitchfork has deemed itself “The Most Trusted Voice in Music.” That is a tall order, to be the most trusted voice in music, but Pitchfork has stood the test of time, expanding, growing, and influencing people’s opinions about music- for better or worse- since 1995. It seems as though everyone who has an interest in music has an opinion about Pitchfork. A lot of people love Pitchfork. They agree with their opinions, they trust their staff writers. I lot of people also hate Pitchfork. They don’t want to read a lengthy article that they perceive as pretentious and don’t want to be told they’re wrong for liking a song simply because it makes them dance.
From both people who like Pitchfork and from people who don’t, it’s pretty common to hear some joking about Pitchfork being produced by and for “millennial hipsters.” There’s a whole slew of go-to jokes about this categorization of people- they’re pretentious, they’re needy and talk too much about their feelings, and they’re too dang politically correct. It’s easy to go along with the assumption that these were going to be the vibes of Pitchfork, but I went in with an open mind to see what Pitchfork Festival 2017 was really all about.
To start, I checked the lineup, which was absolutely stacked. The headliners alone were LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. A 2000s electronic band, a 90s rap group, and a contemporary R&B artist who received the Pitchfork album of the year, all performing together at one festival. The rest of lineup was just as diverse, from punk artist Jeff Rosenstock to the funkalicious George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. These were good signs.
Where: The Back Room @ Colectivo
When: Friday, October 20 7PM Doors/8PM Show
Pinegrove is going to be coming to Milwaukee with a performance at The Back Room at Colectivo on Friday, October 20.
We had the chance to chat with singer Evan Stephens Hall at Pitchfork Festival in the media tent and asked about his first show, singing in the shower, karaoke, and more.
Get to know Pinegrove a little better before they come to Milwaukee!