John McEntire performing with Broken Social Scene at Pitchfork
John McEntire performing with Broken Social Scene at Pitchfork Credit: Kate Gardiner

NYC art-star photographer Ryan McGinley, who in 2003 became the youngest artist to ever have a solo show at the Whitney, has apparently found a new muse in Smith Westerns front man Cullen Omori. Gossip Wolf hears McGinley took a multitude of snaps of Omori hanging around the Pitchfork festival site.

Pavement held court at Wicker Park eatery Big Star the night before their Sunday set at Pitchfork, hosted by their Chicago-based monitors guy, Jeremy Lemos, who’s been blogging from their reunion tour for the Reader.

Tortoise drummer John McEntire, sax man Paul Mertens, and cellist Alison Chesley of Helen Money lent a local air to Broken Social Scene this weekend, jamming with the Canadian ork-pop collective during their Fleetwood Mac-inspired Friday-night set at Pitchfork; all three musicians appear on the band’s recent Forgiveness Rock Record.

LCD Soundsystem is playing at my house: After putting in his time at P-Fork, LCD Soundsystem bassist (and !!! guitarist) Tyler Pope kept the party going by DJing a Pilsen party late into the night.

Where do you think we are, Coachella? Multiple sources told Gossip Wolf that Katy Perry was backstage at Pitchfork, but a thorough investigation revealed it was just some chick with black hair in a short-shorts romper.

AllÁ‘s Sunday-afternoon Pitchfork set featured a cameo by Pelican guitarist Trevor de Brauw. Allá six-stringer Jorge Ledezma, following his hard rock muse, played so hard he punched a hole in his hollow-bodied guitar during the set.

Gossip Wolf spotted local culinary kingpin Graham Elliot Bowles at the Cap’n Jazz reunion show Saturday night at Bottom Lounge. Apparently the chef is an old school emo diehard—he sports a Promise Ring tattoo.

Chicago party-pop soul monsters the Dirty Diamonds have an ambitious schedule of releases coming up. The band tells Gossip Wolf that they’re releasing two songs on their website every month for the next six months as part of a project they’re calling the Singularity. On July 20 the first two singles, “Crazy Races” and “Heaven’s Plate,” hit the intertubes at The band also plays the Hideout on Thursday, August 5.

This weekend Chicago record store/label Permanent Records is releasing the debut LP by Heater, a pop garage combo featuring ex-Cave member Zach McLuckie and Jeremy Freeze of Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, in a limited edition of 500. Heater, described as a “Columbia, Missouri super group” by the label, recorded “God and Hair” with still-in-Cave dude Cooper Crain.

Native kvlt Nachtmystium head out on a tour sponsored by indie music site Stereogum later this summer, and they’re taking homeys the Atlas Moth with them. Covering parts of the midwest, the eastern U.S., and Canada, the package tour also includes southern heavies Zoroaster and Florida doom duo Dark Castle. The tour opens at Otto’s in DeKalb on September 9 and finishes at Reggie’s Rock Club on October 2.