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Pitchfork Music Festival Recap: Day One

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 19, 2008 5:26PM

Day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival went off with nary a hitch. Mission of Burma turned in an energetic and well received set, even thought the grounds were still slowly filling with attendees. Sebadoh's revisiting of 1993 brought back lots of fond memories to this writer, while pumping up and amplifying their classic tunes to great effect. We did notice that the majority of the crowd seemed into it, even if the age bracket was one that was unsure exactly who Sebadoh was. Gimme classic indie rock?

The highlight of the day was easily Public Enemy, who when held to the template of their classic It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back was simply electrifying. Chuck D and Flava Flav pummeled the crowd with their beats and their rhymes, and the masses returned the energy with a focused glee that was stunning.

So far this year the organizers seem to have solved the sound issues that plagued them last year, and aside from the dinnertime rush, accessing the various concessions was never a problem. Now we're throwing on our ponchos, wrapping up our camera, and readying ourselves for day two!