HAIM / 📷 : KPL

Be prepared, Surfers! We’re still nursing our swollen feet and pounding hangovers from a weekend full of musical and weather challenges at Pitchfork Music Festival. In the spirit of sharing, we present our largest festival report yet! Five of our contributors were on-site in Union Park this weekend to bring you all the highlights of the fourteenth year of Chicago’s most eclectic music festival. But not to forget, TLM also caught Kyle Craft and Showboat Honey at Empty Bottle with locals Flamingo Rodeo and Dogs At Large in support. Plus, we’re bringing you reviews of local new releases from Avery R. Young, Ajani Jones, Wilmette, and singles from Burr Oak, Twin Peaks, Dead Rider, and Russian Circles! Chicago just keeps the hits coming, week after week! Take a minute to check out our interviews with Burr Oak and Lunar Ticks, and scope out all the other fantastic music to debut this week. Oh, and Wicker Park Fest is this weekend, so head on down to North and Milwaukee for one of the biggest and baddest street fests of the season!

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📷: Alexa Viscius

burr oak

“Sometimes it’s hard to talk about things, so I write about them.”
- Savanna Dickhut



lunar ticks

“We definitely incorporate some hand signals and visual cues, like gesturing backwards to go into a different section, or holding up 2 fingers to hit the 2nd beat or play the 2-chord of the key.”
- Ryan Mannix


📷: Billy Andres




pitchfork music festival

Union Park

July 19th - 21st

Whitney/ 📷 : KPL

The fourteenth Pitchfork Music Festival hit Union Park last weekend with a diverse slate of acts that ran the gamut of genres and countries. In a continuing effort to appeal to a wide range of fans and the ever-shifting music industry, Pitchfork had its most eclectic fest yet; 23 out of the 42 acts featured members of color, 26 featured female members, 9 were from Chicago (or had local roots), and while England had its usual appearances, France and Japan also had acts grace the stage!! All in all, it was a divergent weekend with plenty for every taste, and our team was on the ground all weekend long. Braving the heat, thunderstorms, and a muddy Sunday, we bring a sample of what this iconic fest means to us and the city of Chicago.



kyle craft and Showboat Honey

Flamingo Rodeo / Dogs At Large

Empty Bottle

July 18th

Kyle Craft and Showboat Honey/ 📷 : TLM

Kyle Craft took the Bottle stage with a whirlwind start with “O! Lucky Hand” off his latest album. It set up a psych jam feel and they rocked hard thru several songs without a pause. The stage setup was really beautiful with mirrored keyboard stands that give the look of upright pianos and a lamp that is both cozy and disco.




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