Yet another week of summer has flown by, dear Surfers! So much to report on every . . . single . . . week!  It’s Pitchfork weekend! Take a gander at our preview coverage for how to make the most of your fest and which artists to catch in Union Park. The incomparable KAINA dropped her full-length debut this week, and we were there to get you the inside scoop, along with MVM attending a few days of the annual Square Roots Fest in Lincoln Square. The Old Town School of Folk Music always does an excellent job of curating the music, and we are bringing out the highlights. This week also saw releases from the wonderfully irreverent hip-hop duo Glitter Moneyyy, David Berman’s new project Purple Mountains, as well as our usually myriad of releases from national and international acts we recommend. So take a break from your weekend preparations, hit up the playlist, and dig on in to this one. It’s beefy! 

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Photo by Alexa Viscius

Photo by Alexa Viscius


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with: Kara Jackson / Luna Luna /

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Lincoln Hall

July 14th

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A celebratory mood enveloped Lincoln Hall last Sunday night as local sensation KAINA threw a release show to remember for her debut full-length Next to The Sun. Joined by Sooper Records label mate Sen Morimoto, the stirring folk of Kara Jackson, and the dance party of Dallas outfit Luna Luna, KAINA and her crew were greeted by a sold-out crowd to hail the beginning of what is sure to be a star-making turn for the Chicago artist. 



square roots Fest

Lincoln Square

July 5 - July 7


Another weekend, another great street fest here in Chicago. This time the fest was up in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. Square Roots was put on in conjunction with The Old Town School of Folk Music and included current teachers, former students, and friends of the organization. The fest featured two main stages and two stages inside of the buildings of Old Town School of Folk Music. Just about every genre of music was represented and celebrated.



preview: pitchfork music festival

Union Park

July 19- July 21

Chicago’s most eclectic and diverse music festival is right around the corner. Union Park will be packed  with a myriad of fans this weekend, seeking new artists to follow and excited-for established acts that have played the annual fest numerous times. If you’re attending Pitchfork this year and are looking at the schedule scratching your head, we have all the picks for you right here! Chicago Crowd Surfer may be young, but our members have all braved the July heat for many years to experience the boldest and lowest-stress fest our proud city has to offer. Pitchfork is here again!  





See you at the show Chicago!