School might have started up again, but summer's festival season isn't over yet.
One, in particular, bills itself as "Summer's Last Stand" -- the North Coast Music Festival, another three-day haul of multi-stage concerts this weekend in Chicago's Union Park (the same West Side location as the mid-summer Pitchfork Music Festival).
The North Coast festival premiered last year, boasting a lineup of occasionally marginalized hip-hop, electronica and jam bands. This weekend's lineup continues that blend trend, featuring sets by David Guetta, Bassnectar , STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Thievery Corporation, Fatboy Slim, Major Lazer and more. This is a festival of beats, of marathon performances, of much pogoing.
Guetta's Friday night headlining slot, in particular, is about as zeitgeisty as a clubland hipster could ask for. The French DJ has enjoyed a slow career burn for two decades -- making a name for himself in the clubs, then working with big stars and scoring big hits -- and is now ready to set ablaze, having released his fifth but most highly anticipated album this week, "Nothing But the Beat."