• Inez Van Lamsweerde
  • The inimitable Bjork. Not pictured: The six-foot Tesla coil she’s been using to play the bass line to “Thunderbolt.”

It’s going to be a muggy and very likely rainy Friday—unless you’re stuck wearing your best shoes in the mud, an evening thunderstorm will probably be a relief. (I went to college in Houston, so my comment on this alleged “heat wave” would be very much like Chris Weingarten’s.) Stay hydrated, though, and the Pitchfork lineup promises to be a lot of fun: Trash Talk tears it up at 4:15, Mikal Cronin plays at 6:15 (fresh from a Conan appearance), and Bjork hits the stage with her menagerie of odd instruments (including a Tesla coil!) at 8:15. I know, I know, musical Tesla coils are some tired-ass Boing Boing shit—but we’re talking about a Tesla coil integrated into a world-class stage show, not a Tesla coil playing the Super Mario theme in a parking lot. That better not get rained out.

For those of you who aren’t feeling the “sweaty and rambunctious” angle, Pitchfork offers some stirring and beautiful music too: Frankie Rose at 3:20, Angel Olsen at 5:15, and Joanna Newsom at 7:30. As I understand it, Ms. Newsom is an elf and thus immortal, and immortals never complain about the humidity. So she’ll at least be setting a good example.

You can read reviews of all ten Friday artists here (don’t forget the afterparties), and over here are hour-by-hour itineraries from Peter Margasak, Gwynedd Stuart, and contest winner Kayla Hartman. Throughout the evening Reader contributors will be posting to Twitter (follow @Chicago_Reader or use this handy list) and Instagram (also @Chicago_Reader). After the jump: a video where Margasak and Mark Guarino of the Sun-Times discuss their Friday picks.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.