Don’t miss our critics’ reviews of all the bands playing Saturday.

1 PM: Don’t get me wrong, I like the Psychic Paramount, but as a metal fan and a Chicagoan, the Atlas Moth is where I belong at the start of the day.

1:45 PM: Cloud Nothings are pretty vigorous for indie rock, and maybe the “feelings of emotion” vocals won’t bug me so much live.

2:45 PM: I’m not sure I should bother with Liturgy minus drummer Greg Fox, but I’m perversely curious to see how “transcendental black metal” works with a laptop for a rhythm section.

4:15 PM: Flying Lotus has always seemed like headphones music to me, but a ginormous sound system is often the next best thing.

5:15 PM: Wild Flag. Sorry, Schoolboy Q. I’ve seen these ladies once already, and they can kick your ass up and down the block.

6:15 PM: Maybe Sleigh Bells will play some stuff from the first record. If not, I can always go grab something to eat.

7:30 PM: If I can get close enough to the stage for Danny Brown‘s charisma to have an effect, this ought to be fun.

8:30 PM: I’m sure I’ll get another chance to see Grimes. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, not so much.

Next: Tal Rosenberg on Psychic Paramount and Danny Brown.

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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.