Yeah Yeah Yeahs Highlight 2020 Pitchfork Lineup
There was a stretch when it seemed like the post-punk revivalists Yeah Yeah Yeahs were everywhere, all the time.
After the aptly titled cut “Maps” put Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase on the proverbial map in 2003, you could catch the trio at The Fillmore in San Francisco; under the stars and old-growth redwoods of Big Sur, high above the Pacific; at the 9:30 Club in DC. Their songs began to pop up on TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Melrose Place) and gamer soundtracks (Tony Hawk: Ride, Gran Turismo). They became festival darlings, too, at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Reading, Leeds, Lollapalooza.
By 2009, Karen O, punk-shriek chic with her Louise Brooks bangs, was crafting music for Hollywood. Her output could be heard on the soundtracks to Where the Wild Things Are, to Spike Jonze's Her. She co-crafted the rock opera Stop the Virgens. She broke out on her own with the delightfully raw solo release Crush Songs in 2013, followed by intimate live gigs in New York, LA, London, Berlin and beyond.
Wrote Melena Ryzik in The New York Times, “As a performer, Karen O has been a force from the start, a dervish of spit beer and punk screech, capable of magnetizing a concert hall with just a raised arm.”
But when, in November, it was announced that Karen O was up for a Grammy for her collab with multi-instrumentalist/producer Danger Mouse, “Woman” (from the album Lux Prima), we were suddenly faced with the realization that we hadn’t seen or heard much from that dervish or her bandmates in what felt like eons. Not on the live stage, anyway. Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most recent record, Mosquito, was released seven years ago.
Hardcore fans will be happy to know that YYY has been added to the lineup of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival, where they’ll be joined by fellow headliners Run the Jewels and The National. The band, set to perform on July 17, won’t be the only one making a long-awaited return. Another New York outfit, psych-pop rockers The Fiery Furnaces, are scheduled to play their first live show in nearly a decade.
It's starting to feel like old times.
See below to find out who else will join Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Chicago’s Union Park July 17-19.
2020 Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup
Fri., July 17
Yeah Yeah Yeahs • Angel Olsen • The Fiery Furnaces • Jehnny Beth • Deafheaven • Waxahatchee • Tim Hecker & the Konoyo Ensemble • SOPHIE • Fennesz • Hop Along • Dehd • SPELLLING • KAINA • Femdot
Sat., July 18
Run the Jewels • Sharon Van Etten • Twin Peaks • Danny Brown • Thundercat • Cat Power • Tierra Whack • BADBADNOTGOOD • Dave • Oso Oso • Divino Niño • Boy • Scouts • Ezra Collective • Margaux
Sun., July 19
The National • Big Thief • Kim Gordon • Phoebe Bridgers • Yaeji • Caroline Polachek • DJ Nate • Maxo Kream • Rapsody • Faye Webster • Mariah the Scientist • Dogleg • The Hecks • Dustin Laurenzi’s Snaketime