Day 99: Flaming Lips party at Pitchfork!

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DAY 99: Chicago, Illinois
Miles traveled: 13,640
States visited: 33
Weather: 70, cloudy & sprinkles

This weekend I hit up the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park.

My favorite band on Saturday was The Duchess & The Duke, a duo that combines folk sensibility with an indie rock sound. Their soothing harmonies were gorgeous. This was the first time I’d heard any of their music – the opportunity to discover new bands is one reason I love music festivals!

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One of my favorite bands was there – Matt & Kim. They’re a ridiculously cheerful pop duo from Brooklyn, and they were as fun as usual. Because they’re so active and energetic, the photos I take of them usually come out like this:

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On Sunday, Grizzly Bear played their old-timey pop music, and afterwards I got a setlist from one of the roadies. This is only the second setlist I’ve ever gotten. More fodder for the walls of my music room of my future house… if I should I ever buy one, that is.

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The headlining act was the Flaming Lips, who are famous for their legendary, wild shows. I’ve been wanting to see them forever so this was a treat. I managed to get down front near the left side of the stage, so I was able to get pictures of Wayne Coyne walking over the audience in the giant ball, a trademark of Lips shows.

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They also shot off confetti and giant balloons. It was such a sensory overload to have all this stuff flying through the air while the Lips played their best songs. What an amazing show – the best I’ve seen this year so far.

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I ended up spending 5 days in Chicago. My couchsurfing hosts Kim & Jeremy were very fun and accommodating. There were 5 other couchsurfers also staying there so it was a good opportunity to share travel stories and socialize with folks. And they lived in Pilsen so I got a great chance to experience the neighborhood.

I look forward to returning to Chicago soon, which could be as early as mid-August to look for apartments.

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2 Responses to Day 99: Flaming Lips party at Pitchfork!

  1. jodi says:

    i LOVE the flaming lips!!!! so awesome you got to see them. Glad to see that you are still strongly considering Chicago as a place to live.
    I’m also glad to hear theres someone else out there who saves concert mementos like i do!! We use the hallway in our apt since we dont have an extra room.

  2. scott says:

    Cool, I should take a look at your collection!

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