Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

July 20, 2014 3:19 AM

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Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took up six-and-a-half hours on Friday (July 18), festival goers were treated to the white-boy funk of Beck, the disco production of Giorgio Moroder, the icy R&B of SZA, the long-lost freak-funk of Neneh Cherry, the mournful acoustic storytelling of Sun Kil Moon, the twitching electro-goth of Factory Floor, and the mystical indie-rock of Hundred Waters, among many other styles. No two artists were in the same genre -- or in the same universe, for that matter. Similarly, the Billboard crew all had different experiences on the first day of Pitchfork, but in the end, all left deeply satisfied.

3:50 PM -- "I guess this is where we start playing Death Grips covers!," jokes Hundred Waters singer Nicole Miglis as the and eases the crowd into the day's first performance. The Grips' recent demise means the dreamy Florida quarter has Pitchfork's early crowd all to themselves. Weightless vocals a...

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