Posts Tagged ‘Pitchfork Music Festival 2015’

Finding Love in Today’s Indie Rock Era.

January 2, 2016

The Missed Connections Board at the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival.

The 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival had a Missed Connections board. Authetic indie rock love is hard to find in today’s modern age.

“I saw you standing there, looking at your feet, with your massive sunglasses on. I could feel your seething, ironic hate radiating. You remained stoic and pretended to be unimpressed during the set that was actually really good. You are so hip, you can barely see over your pelvis. You walk slanted and enchanted through life. I saw you reading a book while standing on the only chair in Union Park. In a sea of 10,000 people, while waiting for Ariel Pink to come on, you could interact with you fellow humans. No, never mind. What a great time to catch up on your reading. Do you have every Neutral Milk Hotel bootleg? Would you like more? Was your cousin in Youth Lagoon? Please text me back, using only emojis to convey your deepest feelings.”

The Sweatiest Show I Saw in 2015: Ex Hex at the Empty Bottle.

December 27, 2015

Ex Hex at the Empty Bottle

Deep in the Chicago night, Ex Hex put on the sweatiest show I caught in 2015. The Washington D.C.-based band’s debut album, Rips, was one of my favorite releases of the past few years. Live, the songs had even more raw grit and punch.

The Empty Bottle, tucked in the Ukrainian Village section of Chicago, was packed all night. The gig was an after show for the Pitchfork Music Festival 2015. It is a really intimate venue and a perfect fit for Ex Hex’s hard-edged indie jams.

The band hit the stage at midnight. The interplay between guitarist Mary Timony, bassist Betsy Wright, and drummer Laura Harris, lit up the sold out crowd. It was a brash, gutsy performance and they brought the energy throughout their hour set. They dug deep into their songs and smashed the crowd. It was a sticky set and one of the best I saw all year. Hot, sweaty, glorious indie rock mayhem.

Here’s fan-shot footage of some of Ex Hex’s Empty Bottle set:

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