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Pitchfork Music Festival adds GbV, Neko Case, No Age, Kurt Vile and more

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The Pitchfork Music Festival has added some additional acts to the mild lineup announced earlier. Today they added Guided By Voices and Neko Case to the Friday bill; No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot to Saturday; and the Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How to Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister to Sunday.

Tickets are $45 each day or $110 for a three-day pass, available now at

What do you think? Is this getting any more exciting to anyone?

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Neko Case makes Friday much more worthwhile. It's still a let-down on the overall list of headliners after a superb pair last year (LCD Soundsystem, Pavement.)

Animal Collective (Friday) are a hipster jam band (beloved by Pitchfork for some ungodly reason), and they're old news since they already headlined in 2008. Nevertheless, the album they released in 2009 includes much more accessible and tuneful songs, so they could be better than last time.

Is the Saturday main stage headliner Fleet Foxes or is the Saturday headliner The Dismemberment Plan? Neither one seems big enough to me.

Sunday is a great one day line up. TV On the Radio are phenomenal.

My main concern is that these cool scenes are always at risk to get too big, to attract too many people who aren't into music, to jack up the concession prices, etc. The first sign that things were going south was last year when Pitchfork switched from a decent local brew (Goose Island & 312) to a really awful tasting big brand (Heineken.) Will beer prices be $6 this year? Will water still be reasonably priced? Will the rock poster fair and the record fair still be there? Will the stages have corporate sponsors?

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