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The final day of Pitchfork Fest 2021 is in the books! Capped off by Sunday Funday magic with headliner Erykah Badu, memorable performances by Tomberlin, KeiyaA, oso oso, Mariah the Scientist, The WeatherStation, Andy Shauf, Cat Power, and Flying Lotus, the festival closed with one of my favorite lineups of the weekend. Below are six highlights from P4K Fest 2021 Day 3:
The first Red stage set on Sunday was pure pandemonium. From its opening moments, Special Interest vocalist/frontperson Alli Logout was electrifying, deranged, and absolutely captivating. Between throwing the mic stand over their shoulder while unleashing guttural vocals, humorous ‘Ketchup Song’ choreo, and non-stop energy from guitarist Maria Elena, bassist Nathan Cassiani, and Ruth Mascelli (synths/drum machine), the recent Rough Trade Records signees made a lasting impression.
Finally, I got to see Caroline Polachek– and she was divine. With the vocal range of an angel and on the cusp of releasing a new project, the “Bunny Is A Rider” songstress treated fans to multiple unreleased gems and recent hits. She played “Smoke,” as well as fan favorites from her debut album, Pang, which drew the roaring response you’d expect from a pop set of this caliber.
The vibes were strong during the R&B virtuoso’s bass guitar-driven set. While he thankfully played his big hit “Them Changes,” it was hearing and experiencing the textures of Thundercat’s 2020 album, It Is What It Is, live that made the whole set unmissable. “Funny Thing,” the project’s lead single, is a perfect end-of-summer track and set the stage for a breezy, funk-filled afternoon.
During an on-site interview with Pitchfork, Caroline Polachek shared she would most likely want to see Yves Tumor’s set, and she was totally right. The experimental alt-rocker delivered one of the most impassioned sets I witnessed – throwing themselves against the barricade while singing, hyping the crowd in between each line, and climbing the speakers to keep the energy alive. During the set, I heard a song called “Lifetime” from 2018s Safe In The Hands of Love, and it made me an immediate fan.
Sunday P4K fans were locked in for “The Black Brad Pitt” rapper. Hitting every verse with the same tenacity as the prolific Detroit artist, Brown worked the crowd while weaving through his expansive discography and dropping hits like “Dip” and “Pneumonia.”
Arriving in one of her various signature hats and supported by her multi-piece band, Erykah Badu delivered the world-class set we desperately awaited. The genre-melting contemporary sounds of her 2015 mixtape already feel like a future Badu classic, and it’s catchy as hell, especially in a live setting. I couldn’t imagine a better set to close out Pitchfork Fest 2021.