The A.V. Club climbs out of the sultry mudpit that was Pitchfork Fest 2018

Chicago’s weather this weekend felt like a hug from a very large, sweaty man, with rain looming over nearly every set at Pitchfork Fest; and when the sun made a rare appearance, it was brutal. Fortunately, it didn’t stop anyone from taking the stage: Acts big and small blew us away this weekend, from hometown hero…

Lady Gaga’s new single, “Perfect Illusion,” approximates a rock song

Lady Gaga just released her first new single since “Til It Happens To You” almost a year ago, and as you probably did not guess, it’s kind of a rock song. To be clear, “Perfect Illusion” is not really a rock song, but it is one by Lady Gaga standards—and by the standards of Top 40 music at the moment. It’s definitely…

Lollapalooza 2015: Scantily clad teens, evacuations, and Paul McCartney

It never rained on Lollapalooza, but that didn’t stop the fest’s organizers, C3, from both evacuating the whole fest Sunday afternoon under threat of thunderstorms and then, later that night, shutting down the festival’s closers 30 minutes early. That kind of rainy speculation put a damper on the annual event, which…