Andrea Bauer Pitchfork
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It’s 91 degrees outside, there are drunk people in thrift-store clothes walking around everywhere, and #p4k hashtags are popping up all over Twitter. Why, it must be the first day of the Pitchfork Music Festival!

In case you’re wondering what to see and do today, our guide to the festival gives you plenty of options. There’s Miles Raymer’s overview, as well as reviews of each of Friday’s acts by our staff and freelancers. But though the reviews will help you decide what you want to see, if you’re new to this you might need help taking into account the aspects of the fest that aren’t the bands: Crowds, lines, heat, record fairs, et cetera. That’s why we’ve provided itineraries from staff and other contributors detailing how they plan on filling their days. For today, we’ve got staff writer Peter Margasak (“I imagine I’ll spend the next couple of hours browsing through a bunch of music-related crap I don’t want to buy, and most likely eating something”), contributing writer Leor Galil (“Line up before the gates open to explore the side attractions—CHIRP Record Fair, Flatstock, Soundplay arcade—before the surging crowds make it difficult to enjoy, well, anything”), and Sonnenzimmer co-owner Nadine Nakanishi (“Anything remotely hippie sounding is off the list”).