Now in its 14th year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is bringing its curated lineup of legacy acts, up-and-comers, and critical darlings to Chicago's Union Park next weekend. If you're attending, there's no better time to get acquainted or re-acquainted with the artists' best records. If instead you're missing out, don't despair. You can still have the records.
Find all of the albums released by this year's Pitchfork lineup below.
While one-third of Haim, guitarist and singer Danielle, guested on Vampire Weekend's latest, Father of the Bride, there's been nothing new from her and her sisters since 2017's Something to Tell You. However, they were trying to finish up a new album before Pitchfork.
Three months ago, Danielle wrote on Instagram: "good news is we’re in the studio working on some new stuff that we are hoping to release before p4k fest in july. some of it is raw as fuck, some of it is for the dance floor, some of it is us just getting weird." Though the record's not out, there's sure to be some songs that get their live debut.
Mavis' solo debut is a high-powered soul affair on Stax's sister label Volt. Everyone who loved her voice with The Staple Singers already knew its depth—and, while the family band masterfully merged gospel, secular, and political songs—this unabashed good time showed off even more of Mavis' range. Of course, she's had decades of great records since this first step out on her own, including the late-career highlights made with producer Jeff Tweedy: You Are Not Alone, One True Vine, and If All I Was Was Black.
Pusha T, it can be said, is kinda like a big deal. The G.O.O.D. Music president had perhaps the best release of last year's G.O.O.D. Summer with Daytona, the latest in a string of great solo releases. Beginning with his solo debut My Name Is My Name, a collection of experimental beats that Pusha makes his own through an always uncompromising flow.
Of course, as one half of Clipse, whose 2002 LP, Lord Willin', broke both Clipse and Pharrell Williams' production duo The Neptunes to wide acclaim, King Push is no stranger to marrying his raps to challenging arrangements. Clipse's followup Hell Hath No Fury is just as essential.
Few artists have followed—and transcended—as many genres as The Isley Brothers: Motown soul, Hendrix-style rock, hard funk, smooth R&B, and more, with enough hits to fill three headlining slots themselves.
For their Pitchfork performance, they can draw on a vast well of eras. The Sly & The Family Stone–like It's Our Thing from 1969 or—from that same year—the psychedelic rock-soul of The Brothers: Isley. 1973's 3 + 3 was their first platinum album, and was the beginning of the '70s balance they'd strike between premiere funk and soulful ballads, as heard of The Heat Is On and Go For Your Guns.
At Pitchfork, the vaunted Kings of Twee will be performing If You're Feeling Sinister in its entirety, the album that even Belle and Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch thinks contains his greatest collection of songs. Simple chords, strong melodies, and the type of lilting, conversational vocals perfect for the youthful, self-conscious lyrics that still resonate decades later.
Stereolab, the pioneering alternative pop band, reunited in 2019 after a 10-year hiatus. In that time, the group's sonic risk-taking—its willingness to embrace and distill a huge range of influences—has only become more popular.
Befitting a band that writer Simon Reynolds once said were, "the ultimate record collection rockers," the reunion tour is being met with the reissuing of the group's discography, thanks to Warp Records and Duophonic UHF Disks, including Mars Audiac Quintet, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, and more.
Swedish-pop auteur Robyn, like Stereolab, is also enjoying a celebrated reemergence. In 2018, she released her first album in eight years, the disco- and house-influenced Honey. Famous for having transformed from a Max Martin-produced teen pop star to an independent artist, Robyn helped create the space for the self-actualized pop scene that includes Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, and many others. Honey, along with her previous post-transformation albums Robyn and Body Talk, are essential listening.
Chicago golden boys Whitney will help close out the Pitchfork Festival this year. While songs from their one-and-only LP Light Upon the Lake will likely feature heavily in the set, they're also sure to unveil tracks from the upcoming Forever Turned Around, due for release in August.