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Pitchfork 2014: What you need to know

March 21, 2014|By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye

The full lineup for the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival (July 18-20 in Union Park) has been revealed, and you may be concerned that you aren't familiar with some of the acts. Let us help you sound cool with a cheat sheet breaking down a few of the newly announced artists.


Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Where he's from: Los Angeles
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "It's like if Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective made a horror movie together! How can you not love this?" Just to be clear, that's not merely a comparison: This band actually does feature alums of both Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors.
Standout song: "Little Fang"
What to expect: A fun set that might veer toward weird noodling before regaining course.

Isaiah Rashad
Where he's from: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "Kendrick fans didn't give Rashad's 'Cilvia Demo' enough of a chance."
Standout songs: "Shot You Down," "RIP Kevin Miller"
What to expect: The introspective Rashad fits perfectly with his label-mates Schoolboy Q and Kendrick. Like them? You'll like him.


FKA Twigs
Where she's from: England
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "The 'Papi Pacify' video is the hottest thing I've seen since that naked D'Angelo one a few years back."
Standout songs: "Papi Pacify," "Water Me"
What to expect: Ethereal R&B dripping with grade-A sexuality. This set needs to happen after dark.

Where she's from: Maryland
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "Is 'Cut 4 Me' the best non-rap mixtape ever? I think so!"
Standout songs: "Bank Head," "Cut 4 Me"
What to expect: An amazing voice wrapped snugly in a blanket of electronic R&B production. One of the festival's must-sees.


Hudson Mohawke
Where he's from: Scotland
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "I missed he and Lunice's set as TNGHT last year because I was watching R. Kelly."
Standout song: "Thunder Bay"
What to expect: As part of TNGHT, he had a prominent hand in crafting "Yeezus." Come to Hudson's set ready to do that weird, Kanye-popularized arm dance all the kids are doing these days.

DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn
Where they're from: Chicago
Assertion you can use to sound informed: "DJ Rashad's playing for the second year in a row? Can he at least get a night slot this time?"
Standout songs: "Feelin," "She A Go"
What to expect: A sleeper pick for set of the whole weekend. Dance music, served Chicago-style. Bring a towel.

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