Pitchfork announced yesterday the very first artists who have signed on to be a part of this year’s installment of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The festival is set to take place July 16-18 in Chicago’s Union Park.

So far, the biggest announcements have been the recently reunited Pavement, as well as appearences by LCD Soundsystem and former Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. Other artists amongst the nine confirmed includes Modest Mouse, St. Vincent, and Sleigh Bells. There will be many more announcements in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.

Though the festival has only been around since 2006, it has gained a sizeable reputation thanks in no small part to the fact that Pitchfork is one of the most influential independant music websites out there. Additionally, they have continually brought great bands to their festival to perform, and this year is looking to continue that tradition.

One day passes to any of the three days are only $40, but perhaps the best deal you can get is a three day pass for $90. That is a full $179 less than a three day pass to Coachella, and $75 less than an advance pass to Austin City Limits, which is a bit closer to home.

I have never been to Chicago, I actually have some family there, but I think I have found a good excuse.

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