The Men play the Empty Bottle before they brave the hot Pitchfork sun
The Men play the Empty Bottle before they brave the hot Pitchfork sun Credit: Nikki Sneakers

Like any good-size music festival, Pitchfork doesn’t so much end each night as it does fracture into a vast number of postfestival events at venues throughout the city. Some are officially sanctioned, such as the Chromatics concert on Sat 7/14 at Lincoln Hall, which includes DJ sets by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio and some Pitchfork staffers. Others are only loosely associated, and some position themselves as alternatives to the main event—most notably the fourth annual Bitchpork festival, whose noisy, anarchic programming ought to appeal to anyone who considers Pitchfork’s darlings too mannered. It’s got 45 acts in four days, with highlights including Heat Death and Psychic Steel on Thu 7/12; Dreebs, PC Worship, Run DMT, and Windbreaker on Fri 7/13; Attic Ted, Samantha Glass, Tyvek, and Solid Attitude on Sat 7/14; and Apache Dropout, Guardian Alien, and Spires That in the Sunset Rise on Sun 7/15. You’ll have to work out the where and when on your own, though—longtime Bitchpork venue Mortville was shut down last month, so this year’s fest is hosted by several other DIY spaces that it wouldn’t be prudent to name here. (Try or Some Pitchfork afterparties aren’t even primarily about music—on Thu 7/12 at Lincoln Hall Flatstock presents a special edition of the Show ‘n Tell Show that includes slide shows and “live design stunts” from local poster artists, and on Sun 7/15 Bottom Lounge hosts an onstage version of Adult Swim’s Eric Andre Show, a manic, post-postmodern reimagining of a cable-access talk show.

A couple notes about the listings below: Pitchfork discounts at Schubas and Lincoln Hall apply to a limited number of attendees—that is, you’re not guaranteed a cheap ticket just because you can prove you were at the festival that day. Linked band names send you to their Pitchfork write-ups, except in the case of “See Soundboard,” which is where those links head.


Beat Connection, White Arrows, Teen Daze 9 PM, Schubas, $12, $10 in advance, 18+

Death Cab for Cutie Part of the Taste of Chicago. 5:30 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park F A

Delicate Steve (see Soundboard), the Earth Is a Man, Noumenon 8:30 PM, Subterranean, $10, 17+

Gel Set, Night Terror, Lyra Hill, Xina Xurner 9:30 PM, Burlington, $5 donation

Japandroids, Ty Segall (see Sunday) 5:30 PM, Lincoln Hall, sold out

The Show ‘n Tell Show: Flatstock Edition with Jay Jay & the JJ’s, 8:30 PM, Lincoln Hall, $5


Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Rockie Fresh, Jel, Serengeti (see Soundboard), DJ Tony Trimm 10:30 PM, Lincoln Hall, $25, $20 in advance, $15 with Pitchfork wristband, 18+

Morgan Geist, Olin 10 PM, Smart Bar, $10 before midnight, $13 after

Cobrafest: Human Eye, Psychic Paramount, Far-Out Fangtooth 9 PM, Cobra Lounge, free with RSVP at

Lotus Plaza, Dent May, Hollow Stars 10:30 PM, Subterranean, $12, $10 in advance, 17+

Lower Dens, No Joy (see Soundboard), Alan Resnic 10 PM, Empty Bottle, $12

Purity Ring, Born Gold 11 PM, Schubas, sold out, 18+

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Zebo, Jason Patrick, Funk Shui 10 PM, the Mid, $10


The Atlas Moth, Why Intercept, Jar’d Loose, Encrust 10 PM, Ultra Lounge, $5, free with Pitchfork wristband

Chromatics, Baio, Pitchfork DJs 11 PM, Lincoln Hall, $16, $8 with Pitchfork wristband, 18+

Cobrafest: Coathangers, Heavy Cream, White Mystery, Habibi 9 PM, Cobra Lounge, free with RSVP at

CSTVT, Signals Midwest, Dowsing, Strong City, Gunner’s Daughter 6 PM, Township, $8 A

Dawnbringer (see Soundboard), the Skull (see Soundboard), Bible of the Devil, Oblong Box, Borrowed Time 8 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club, $15, $12 in advance

Father John Misty, Night Moves, Gal Pals 10:30 PM, Schubas, sold out (limited number of $8 tickets available at the door with Pitchfork wristband), 18+

Hot Chip (DJ set), Mister Joshua, Ross Kelly, Rene Romero 9 PM, Beauty Bar, $5

Liturgy, Lasers and Fast and Shit 10 PM, the Hideout, $10

Ty Segall, the Men, Mystic 100’s, Zath 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, sold out


The Eric Andre Show Live, Flying Lotus, Calez 10 PM, Bottom Lounge, $10

Cobrafest: King Tuff (see Soundboard), Natural Child, Jaill 9 PM, Cobra Lounge, free with RSVP at

Olivia Tremor Control, Daughn Gibson, Whitman 8 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club, $5 with RSVP to

Tanlines, California Wives, Only Children 10 PM, Lincoln Hall, $14, $7 with Pitchfork wristband, 18+

Thee Oh Sees, the Blind Shake, Terrible Twos, the Mallard 9 PM, Empty Bottle, $12

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dirty Beaches, A Lull 10 PM, Schubas, $14, $7 with Pitchfork wristband, 18+