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Yesterday, Pitchfork Festival kicked off its 15th anniversary weekend with a great 14-act lineup led by headliner Phoebe Bridgers. The day saw performances by Armand Hammer, The Fiery Furnaces, Animal Collective, and Yaeji. Below are five highlights from P4K Fest 2021 Day 1:
Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon hearing Frances Quinlan wail on stage? Her distinct vocal prowess has always made Hop Along‘s music essential listening and the band’s performance yesterday kicked off my day with much-needed energy. From “How Simple” and “Well-dressed” to catching one of my all-time favorites, “Waitress,” the Philly band nailed their set.
English rockers black midi arrived partially suited up but fully ready to obliterate their mid-afternoon set. They ripped through their genre-defying new album, Cavalcade, with a frenetic performance as rambunctious instrumentation fueled moshers and people jumping around to their high-energy sound.
Colombian songstress Ela Minus was a beam of light during her set. She commanded the stage from behind her expansive set of hardware synthesizers while delivering her hypnotic blend of dark, tech-pop songs. Performing songs from her album, acts of rebellion, Minus was captivating as screens near the stage flashed with “Animo y Fuerza” (courage and strength) and RESIST.
Brooklyn band Big Thief eased into their set with the performance reaching a peak moment as they unleashed “Masterpiece,” the title track of their 2016 album by the same name and a song I heard live for the first time yesterday.
Donning skeleton onesies, Phoebe Bridgers and her band closed the first night of Pitchfork Fest with an incredible show. While Bridgers is slated for a few festivals this year, this headlining gig speaks to Phoebe’s deservedly rising star. “Motion Sickness” hit like a classic, while one of her newer songs, “Garden Song” was met with a roaring response. She even made time for a hilarious cover of Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling.”