Don’t miss our critics’ reviews of all the bands playing Friday.
3:15 PM: If past editions are any precedent, there won’t be too many people braving the afternoon sun as Chicago’s Outer Minds play the weekend’s first notes, which is a shame, because they’ve become one of the city’s catchiest hard-rocking bands. I’ll probably sneak out a little early, though, to catch part of Lower Dens.
4:30 PM: I have some mild curiosity to see what Olivia Tremor Control, one of several back-from-the-dead bands on this year’s schedule, sound like now.
5:15 PM: 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. This year there are some new food vendors—so I might bypass my usual stop for Indonesian food at the Rice Table for a taco at Big Star and some dessert from Black Dog Gelato.
7:15 PM: I’ll close out my evening with the two acts I’m most looking forward to: Dirty Projectors, debuting material from their terrific new album, Swing Lo Magellan, and . . .
8:15 PM: Feist playing music from last year’s Metals. I missed her show at the Riv in support of the record. Despite my best intentions, I can’t imagine spending this many hours back here on Saturday and Sunday.