It’s that time of year again, when hipsters come together in the Windy City to perspire, trade vinyls, and maybe hear a band or two they liked before everyone else did. Of course, you know I’m talking about Pitchfork, correct? So if you’re not already getting sweaty in Union Park or simply don’t have the means to do so this weekend, enjoy the following recap. I can’t say it’s nearly as exhilirating as, say, the prospect of seeing Pavement and Sleigh Bells on the same day, but it’s something. Feel free to swap these amusing tidbits with friends and coworkers that couldn’t make it to the festival either. If this won’t suffice, then fear not. Be on the lookout for coverage of said festival and additional news updates next week.
–Let’s begin with a very brief look at what went down this past weekend: two singles from Panda Bear‘s forthcoming Tomboy leaked, Tricky announced his ninth studio LP, and Jeremy Larson reviewed a Prince Rama show.
And now on to this week…
– It’s official: “Sound Strike” is actually happening.
– Joaquin Phoenix proved that sometimes there is method to madness.
–Vampire Weekend got slapped with a lawsuit. Same goes for Rush.
– Guided By Voices will embark on a reunion tour. Details are available here.
– While we’re on the subject of unexpected comebacks, get ready for Beavis and Butt-head‘s return to MTV.
– U2 finally rescheduled those cancelled tour dates.
– The plug was pulled on HARD LA.
– FYF Fest revealed its lineup.
– Austin City Limits published its schedule.
– Roger Waters and David Gilmour came together… and will again soon.
– Look for a new R.E.M. title early next year: the group just wrapped up recording.
– Incarceration failed to deter Lil Wayne from making new music (again).
– Hugo talked “99 Problems,” among other things.
– Jenny and Johnny unveiled the release date for I’m Having Fun.
– Bryan Ferry‘s impressive list of collaborators for his solo album became even more impressive.
– There are new tracks by Interpol and The Walkmen to hear. If neither one of these floats your boat, try the two unheard KISS demos that resurfaced this week. Or that Lindsay Lohan single (no, that’s not a typo).
– Read Drew Litowitz’s take on a recent Wolf Parade show here.
–Winston Robbins saw Paul McCartney play in SLC. This is what he had to say.
– Best Coast has been on everyone’s mind since “When I’m With You” dropped last winter. Michael Roffman shared his thoughts on the lo-fi outfit’s long-awaited debut effort.
– Our staff posted reviews for two other big summer titles. Chris Coplan took on Wavves‘ post-Barcelona LP and Evan Bright M.I.A.‘s latest work.
– The legendary Ginger King made his comeback at the Forecastle Festival.
– What recap would be complete without an Arcade Fire-related item? Check out the cover art for The Suburbs.