Thanks to the idiotic “Radius Clause” inflicted on Chicago every summer, while we eagerly anticipate which bands are announced to play its two major music festivals every year, we know immediately who WILL NOT be playing.
Time Out Chicago explained it well last year:
For 60 days before and 30 days after their Lollapalooza appearance, Lolla performers are prohibited from booking a show within 250 miles of Chicago (which includes Madison, Milwaukee, Champaign, Indianapolis, Ann Arbor and Iowa City)
Because of these bullshit protectionist agreements we know that any band that plays P-fork (July 17th to 19th) cannot play Lolla (Aug 7th to 9th). Boo, fucking, hoo. But it gets more interesting than that.
Provided that Pitchfork also follows these festival rules we know that any band playing between ~May 18th and ~August 16th will not be sweating it up on stage in Union Park.
This includes TONS of bands, most of which are inconsequential. But there are a few groups that are well-regarded by the haute-indie online tastemakers that now cannot play. (Pitchfork ratings in parenthesis):
- Smoking Popes (n/a)
- Japanther (7.2)
- A Camp (w/ Nina Persson of Cardigans) (Cardigans: 6.5, 7.5)
- Deathvessel (7.2, 7.4) is RIGHT on the cusp, and would be able to play Sunday.
- Doves (7.8, 6.0, 8.0, 6.8)
- Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers (6.7, 8.1, 8.0)
- Passion Pit (7.9)
- Sir Richard Bishop (8.2, 7.5, 7.9)
- Black Moth Super Rainbow (5.2, 7.8)
- St. Vincent (8.0)
- Art Brut (7.4, 8.9)
- School of Seven Bells (8.0)
I’m especially suprised to see SXSW * bloggy sweethearts School of Seven Bells and Passion Pit on this list. St. Vincent, though only registering one album on p4k, has been a favorite over the years. As has Art Brut who will be doing a 5-day residency at Schubas over the summer.