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Clusterfest Update

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 5, 2006 3:44PM

2006_06_clusterfest.jpgWith new details emerging each week, Chicago’s summer of rock festivals continues to roll on. Yeah, that’s right. We said it. What fun is a cliché if you can’t beat it into the ground?

We’re not the only ones excited though: Chicago Public Radio is putting together a “Listener's Guide to Chicago's Summer Music Festivals,” featuring Chicago rock fans talking about their favorite acts playing Lollapalooza, Intonation and Pitchfork this summer. If you’d like the chance to participate, fill out the form here.

Here’s the latest news on the big three that we affectionately refer to as Clusterfest.

Pitchfork Music Festival
Two new acts are on tap for the weekend: the Walkmen and Danielson. Currently in the middle of a tour that brought them to Chicago last week, the Walkmen are so hip that they know not even cowboys look good in gauchos. Danielson’s latest folk-pop album is an indie rock gangbang with Sufjan Stevens and members of Deerhoof and Serena Maneesh guesting. (Note: this is not the same Danielson that studied under Mr. Miyagi. That was this guy.)

Also, you have until 1 p.m. today to submit an application to be an intern at this year’s Pitchfork Music Fest. The good news is that you’ll be implementing and interfacing at one of the city’s best music events. The bad news is you’ll have to do “manual labor in an outside environment,” which will totally ruin the pale look you’ve spent so much time cultivating.

Intonation Music Festival
The Vice-curated event is now selling discounted passes for groups of four, which allows you to save $20 over the current advance ticket price or $40 over the gate price. Use that extra cash to load up on Sparks, which will be available during the Union Park dance-rock weekend.

Lollapalooza is holding another Battle of the Bands competition, with the winner earning a spot on the Hutchinson Field bill. With any luck, your band could go on to fame and fortune like last year’s Battle of the Bands winner … um … hang on, it’s on the tip of our tongue.

A few more acts have been added to the Lolla lineup including Coheed and Cambria, Rainer Maria, Austin rock band St. James and the local dudes of Catfish Haven.