The only festival guide you’ll need this summer, courtesy of the biggest names in music.
Björk is a fan of Dirty Projectors.
Yelawolf recommends Big K.R.I.T.
Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill loves Chairlift.
Jarvis Cocker is shook up by Alabama Shakes.
Beyoncé is crazy about Frank Ocean.
JULY 13–15, CHICAGO
Info: Pitchfork.com is the New York Times of online music mags. A good review there leads to sold-out gigs and plenty of media interest. Once a year, the opinion-shapers invite you to their own festival in Chicago.
Headliners: Feist, Vampire Weekend, A$AP Rocky, Flying Lotus, Grimes
“I’m so excited for their new album! They’re truly talented. One of the most interesting groups from that side of the Atlantic.”
BJÖRK ON DIRTY PROJECTORS
Iceland’s pop minx isn’t exaggerating. The Dirty Projectors’ music really is unbelievable -- they can change style or tempo in a single second. Complex string arrangements, west African melodies, folk guitar, walls of sound, and elaborate falsetto singing… somehow the Brooklyn-based rockers squeeze it all into a song without it ever sounding too overdone or cerebral. They’re as elegant and experimental as David Byrne was in the early Talking Heads years.
No surprise, then, that lead singer Dave Longstreth, 30, has broad musical tastes. He knows his classics, too. Stravinsky, for example: “Brutal yet absolutely modern.” These are adjectives that might equally well apply to his own work. Hear it for yourself on Bitte Orca, voted second-best album of 2009 by Time, or on the freshly released Swing Lo Magellan.
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