Chicago’s hot and hazy 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival has just added to its eclectic lineup with Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, and Michael Columbia for Saturday and The Thermals and Killer Whales for the equally stellar Sunday. The festival has always been an avid supporter of Chicago’s own bands, which is why they’ve wisely chosen to include some of the city’s best, Killer Whales and Michael Columbia, as well the previously announced Dianogah and Disappears, and Windy City icons The Jesus Lizard and Tortoise.  Forty acts round out the noteworthy bill, making this once again the city’s most unabashedly indie, wide-ranging festival lineup. The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.


You may remember Sentimentalist Magazine’s coverage of Pitchfork Music Fest ’07.  Mastadons were a-moshing, Yoko Ono was singing, Sonic Youth and Klaxons were each raising the roof and newcomer Dan Deacon was among the highlights that year.  We caught a glimpse of him enjoying the magazine so much that we snapped a pic.

As previously reported, three-day passes are sold out, so, if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, make sure to get your hands on the two-day and one-day passes, which can be bought online at the official festival website,  Also, remember that ticket buyers can go online and “Write the Night” by voting for the set list of their dreams for the bands performing on Friday night, as well as selected requests for The Flaming Lips on Sunday. The ballot boxes are open until June 12th.

2009 Pitchfork Music Festival – The Complete Lineup

Friday – “Write the Night: Set Lists by Request”
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
Final Fantasy *
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Fucked Up
Plants and Animals
Cymbals Eat Guitars *
Matt and Kim
Bowerbirds *
Charles Hamilton
The Duchess and The Duke
Michael Columbia *

The Flaming Lips
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
The Thermals *
Pharoahe Monch
Blitzen Trapper
Frightened Rabbit
The Mae Shi
Black Lips
The Very Best
Vivian Girls
Killer Whales *

* Just added

About the Pitchfork Music Festival:

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Pitchfork Music Festival — and the fifth time Pitchfork has presented a music festival in Union Park. The three-day event will once again showcase a wide range of global artists on three stages, with a focus on forward thinking programming at a reasonable price. Beginning with the music and continuing through all facets of its production, the Pitchfork Music Festival is dedicated to providing both attendees and musicians an overwhelmingly positive, comfortable, and fun experience. In years past the Pitchfork Music Festival has proven to be the best event to see indie stars in key, ascendant points in their careers, as well as a wide range of established and widely loved artists that appeal to a diverse audience.

An independently run, consistently sold-out festival, Pitchfork attracts more than 45,000 fans of all ages from 45 states and 11 countries. With over 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the Pitchfork Music Festival offers attendees a wide range of activities on top of its varied musical program.

Pitchfork Media is the premier destination for music criticism, news, features, and audio/video content. With more than 1.9 million unique readers per month and over 20 million page views, Pitchfork has earned one of the internet’s most loyal followings and a reputation as the a worldwide music tastemaker.

Tickets for the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival are on sale now. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks and further information can be found at