Five Moments We’ll Never Forget from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By: Seth Johnson | Photos: Berto Campos

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A Tribe Called Quest

It’s a mild summer night in Chicago, and a beautifully diverse crowd of music fans stands attentively, clinging onto each and every syllable from A Tribe Called Quest. After sprinting through an award tour of hits, both old and new, the legendary hip-hop group is nearing the end of their time at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. But you better believe Q-Tip is not going to let the curtain drop without one more unified chant for equality.

“Say, ‘We the people, we are equal,’” Q-Tip urges, emphatically. “Say, ‘Resist, resist.’”

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A Tribe Called Quest

The crowd complies, continuing to follow the emcee’s lead as the chant repeats several times before finally ceasing. This moment of solidarity is what ends Tribe’s performance, leaving a mark on each and every person who stuck around until the end of their headlining set.

A Tribe Called Quest’s call for equality is just one of the many memorable moments from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. Below are some more that stood out to us, along with photos from the festival taken by Roberto Campos.

Danny Brown and Vince Staples Thump and Bump

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Vince Staples

Pitchfork’s Friday schedule offered up a dynamic pairing of hip-hop performances, with Vince Staples kicking off the thump and bump. Performing several songs from his phenomenal new album, Big Fish Theory, the Sprite King brought the heat on hard-hitting songs like “745,” “Big Fish” and “Yeah Right”. Following Staples on the same stage, a newly afro-less Danny Brown continued the strong display of icky thick beats, performing several selections from his Warp Records debut, Atrocity Exhibition.

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Angel Olsen

Ladies Reign Supreme on Saturday

Female artists wowed throughout the weekend at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, but no day was more packed with badass ladies than Saturday. The festivities started off with Cherry Glazerr, as Clementine Creevy and company tore through songs from their 2017 Secretly Canadian release, Apocalipstick. Mitski followed with a stellar set of her own, which was perfectly capped by the Puberty 2 song “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars”. Next up, Angel Olsen took the audience on a genuinely emotional ride, complete with roaring highs and flooring lows, then giving way to the esteemed PJ Harvey, who did not disappoint.

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Cherry Glazerr

Nicolas Jaar Rattles Brains on Sunday

Although his set happened while the sun was still out, Nicolas Jaar gave off all kinds of Day for Night vibes on Sunday at Pitchfork, with a set that was equal parts dance-inducing and thought-provoking. One half of the duo Darkside, the Chilean-American artist proved why he is one of modern electronic music’s most compelling artists.

LCD Soundsystem Brings New Songs to Life

Just a few years ago, LCD Soundsystem lie dormant, as James Murphy pursued a myriad of other projects. Since reuniting last year, however, the influential New York band has returned to full force, electrifying crowds with classics like “All My Friends,” “Dance Yrself Clean,” “Tribulations” and more. In addition to these selections, LCD showed off their two newest songs (“Call the Police” and “American Dream”) at Pitchfork. And much to the delight of fans, both fit right in with the rest of the band’s epic set of hits.

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Cherry Glazerr

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Thurston Moore

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