Monday, July 20, 2009

What a weekend

This weekend my brother Garrett, my sister Shannon, and our friend Tyler came to visit me for a weekend of Chicago goodness. Tyler started his x-country journey by bringing me my two younger siblings (he's on his way to Seattle and who knows where after this). They came for Pitchfork but we crammed a lot of fun/touristy things in. On fri I showed them the city, since it was Gar's first time in chicago. He loved everything. I could have just taken him on a bus and shown him a dirty alley and he still would have loved it. We played tourist and went on a skyline boat tour and acted super cheesy with it. I took them to the Art Institute and we mainly ran around the new-ish modern wing. We walked around and made immature jokes about a lot of the modern "art". It was really cool, tiring, but cool.

On saturday we went to Pitchfork Music Festival, the main purpose my sibling were visiting me. Two days (well three actually but we just went to two) of some of the best bands:
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Dutchess & The Duke
Plants and Animals
Fucked Up
The Antlers
The Pains of being Pure at Heart
Final Fantasy - dude's crazy
Yeasayer!!! - the sounded amazing, played so many new songs, one big dance party
in the rain!
Wavves -This guy seems like a jerk. Was his first show since his freakout in Barcelona and he played with a broken wrist because he broke it skateboarding. What a tool.
Beirut -sounds just like his cd's, tons of instruments + eastern european languages
on stage
Matt and Kim - Really fun, hard to see, Kim's super excited all the time.
The Black lips - Ehhh... didnt like getting smashed in a mob of people and dude
smashed his guitar on their first song!?
The National

Michael Columbia
The Mae Shi
Frightened Rabbit enjoyed these scottish guys.
Blitzen Trapper as always, sounded great
The Killer Whales
Pharoahe Monch
The Thermals
DJ Rupture
The Walkmen sounded good, played forever it felt like.
M83 -Ok so someone told me M83 sounds horrible live...LIES!!!
They were amazing. So much more dancy and fun than
their album. Awesome.
Vivian Girls
The Very Best ---was the very best! Check them out on myspace. So much fun.
The whole concert was seeing flaming lips' theatrical
performance while only a handful of us checked out The Very
Best, and it turned into a crazy dance party that ended in their
own "cover" of my favorite Michael Jackson song,
The Flaming Lips - I mean we walked by it for a second, counts right?

The rest of my photos are here.

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