A Hip-Hop and Electronic Guide to Pitchfork 2012

Sounds from the underground

pitchfork 2012 guide!

Indie rock gets a lot of love at festivals (not that we’re complaining); the burgeoning hip-hop and electronic scenes (think hands-in-the-air electric relaxation rather than rump-in-the-air glow stick action), not so much. Broaden your horizons at these sets.

The Real Hip-Hop
Big K.R.I.T.
The Mississippi rapper represents the South via old-school horns, bounce-inducing beats, and a social conscience.
Hear:I Got This” (Friday, 6:25 p.m., Green Stage)

Clams Casino
The New Jersey producer for Lil B and ASAP Rocky (also on the bill) delivers his own productions slow and chill. Snag his latest, Instrumental Mixtape 2, for free on the Web and follow @clammyclams on Twitter for future downloads.
Hear:Wassup (ASAP Rocky)” (Friday, 7:15 p.m., Blue Stage)

kendrick lamar!Kendrick Lamar
Straight out of Compton, Lamar tackles inner-city struggles using choice samples (The Alan Parsons Project) and no-nonsense lyrics. Note: “A.D.H.D” is fun to sing along to.
Hear: Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)” feat. Ashtro Bot (Sunday, 4:45 p.m., Blue Stage)

So Good, They’re Synthful
Nicolas Jaar
He blows us away with presentations in all shapes (we told you about our art crush on his cube player) and sizes (he subdues crowds in the thousands). Translation: It’s sexy stuff.
Hear: Don’t Break My Love” (Saturday, 4:45 p.m., Blue Stage)

After the much-hyped Drive sound track, the Portland band rides on with this year’s Kill for Love. We’re crazy for their hazy Neil Young cover.
Hear:Into the Black” (Saturday, 6:45 p.m., Blue Stage)

Though Abraham Orellana is categorized as a hip-hop musician, electro fans also appreciate his dancey synth compositions.
Hear:Streetz Tonight” (Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Green Stage)

Hip to the hop.

Pitchfork Music Festival, today through Sunday, at Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street, at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Lake Street. Tickets ($45 per day) at pitchfork.com.

Photos: Francis Chung / Courtesy of Pitchfork Music Festival; Jeff Forney / Courtesy of Pitchfork Music Festival; Courtesy of Pitchfork Music Festival

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