Pitchfork 2023 Day 3 Recap

From the moment I saw Sunday’s schedule, I knew it was far and away the best day of the festival. There were more acts I wanted to see on this one day then there were the other two days combined. It was a long and busy day, made longer by starting off with an early screening of Oppenheimer to complete my #Barbenheimer weekend.

I actually made it to the entry earlier on Sunday than the other days, which was surprising. I got there early enough to catch some of Lucretia Dalt and Florist before finally seeing Jockstrap live. I was a big fan of their 2022 album I Love You Jennifer B, and they did a great job bringing those sounds to the stage.

Next up was JPEGMafia, and I’ll just reiterate my words from previous times I’ve seen him: You gotta check this out for yourself. Even if you don’t like rap music, the power and emotion of his performance is out of this world. Limitless energy bounding from one end of the stage to the other, down into the crowd, everything is taken to the next level. He did have some issues with his laptop since it was so crazy hot on Sunday, but he powered through and put on the best set of the festival.

Killer Mike playing on a Sunday made a lot of sense, as he came to play his new album Michael, and take us all to church. He and his backup singers were all dressed in white (Trackstar the DJ, too), with big arrangements of white flowers and a lectern for the sermon. It’s a fantastic album, and Mike tore through the songs with his usual ferocity and joy.

It’s been years since I started listening to Hurray For The Riff Raff. I picked up a copy of their self-titled album in 2011, and I instantly loved Alynda Segarra’s voice. They’ve changed it up the past few years, leaving behind the folk music roots for a bigger pop sound. This was the third time I’ve seen them on this album cycle, so it was nice to hear a brand new song during the set.

I’m someone who prefers to end a festival with a bang rather than a whimper, so to close out this year’s festival I chose Mdou Moctar. I heard Afrique Victime when it came out, but hadn’t seen them live until now. Their set was absolutely blistering. Amazing guitar work, great drums, and an uplifting feeling that radiated throughout the crowd. They’re a definite must-see if you like mostly instrumental rock.