Yes, the Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 roster has been announced and, to me anyway, it seems a bit underwhelming.
The headliners were first announced about a week and a half ago and they are LCD Soundsystem on Friday, A Tribe Called Quest on Saturday, and Solange Knowles on Sunday. I probably know LCD Soundsystem best but am not as interested in seeing him/them as much as A Tribe Called Quest. Compounded by the fact that Friday is always three hours shorter than the other two days. And I have zero interest in Solange unless she plans to bring Jay-Z up on stage to slug him again. That would be worth the price of admission alone.
The remainder of the roster was released the other day and it's just not quite up to snuff for me. Check it out...
On Friday, aside from LCD Soundsystem, I know Priests as I've been listening to their most recent album a bit lately. I think I've heard of Dirty Projectors but couldn't name a song to save my life and I know Thurston Moore but not this particular side project and, without knowing for sure if he'll play any Sonic Youth stuff, I'm not willing to give him my money.
The rest? Um, yeah.
On Saturday, ATCQ, of course. And PJ Harvey is pretty huge although I don't really know much of her stuff (but have taken to listening to it a lot the last few days since this lineup dropped). George Clinton is one I know of but don't know his stuff but have always been told he makes for a great live show.
The rest? Um, yeah.
Sunday? I know who Solange is because she's Beyonce's sister and I've heard one song of hers that didn't really do much for me. I've heard of Nicolas Jaar but am not sure why.
The rest? See above... lather, rinse, repeat.
So Saturday was the easy choice for Eric and I. No argument there. But I'm still not 100% sold especially given I know of only 3 of 15 performers and the price of tickets has been bumped again, this time to $75.
I'm sure I'll still go and be happy once I get there, but, man, Pitchfork likes to be obscure, don't they?