Radio K at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Pitchfork Music Festival
Radio K's BestWritten by: Josh OlsonEdited by: Jerod Greenisen
Daughn Gibson’s set was early enough in the day to draw a smaller crowd, which made the show both intimate and incredible because Gibson's stage presence is something that is not to be missed. Playing tambourine, while vocally nailing the lowest baritone, was the simplest pleasure of the whole day. Gibson was playing samples of classic monologues surely reminiscent of his classic country influences. It was a welcome start to the day and truly one of the highlights.
Daughn Gibson's Me Moan is one of the most interesting albums to come out of 2013. Just listen to "You Don't Fade". All this after his critically acclaimed album All Hell. This album features appeaaences by John Baizley (of Baroness) and Jim Elkington (of Brokeback) and stands for everything Americana should be pushing itself to be. Me Moan fiercely tramples through several classic country samples hand selected and dusted off by Gibson himself. Gibson's vocal range lyrical tendencies that waver between somber darkness and bittersweet optimism make a touching entertaining listen.
To sum up (basically any) Mac D show, put a medley of classic rock songs together with hilarious stage banter and child-like antics. We got that and more at this show. The covers included "Blackbird", "Enter Sandman", "Takin’ Care of Business", "Cocaine", and "Rollin’". During his last song, “Together”, he brought out his girlfriend, Kiki, who sat on his shoulders for the entirety of the song. It is awesome that Mac was able to make it to Pitchford, having just canceled his Minneapolis show due to passport issues.
Mac Demarco's 2 is a sweet and heartfelt ode to lovers and rock 'n roll, or as much as anything of that nature can be. Released mid 2012, to much critical acclaim, we have grown very fond of the release and repect it for its polished qualites that were a welcome addtion after the edgy debut of Rock and Roll Night Club. We look forward to perhaps an even more polished third release or a return to the edge, either way more Mac D, please.
Mikal Cronin clearly knows how to play rock and roll music, and he wanted the whole crowd to understand. His music usually comes across heavier when it's live, but this show was especially heavy, and Cronin was shredding away for the whole set.
"Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer cover)