Picking a Pad for Pitchfork Music Festival

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Pitchfork, the epitome of music snobbery (in the best sense of that word), is once again bringing their brand of music festival to Union Park, Chicago.

The site’s reviewers are music professors of sorts—with imaginary PhDs in electronic folk, orchestral rap or whatever seemingly contradictory musical hybrid the 21st century churns out—giving grades to the decisive decimal point. So it’s only appropriate that in choosing a place to stay during the Pitchfork Music Festival July 15-17, 2011, a hotel’s to-the-decimal-point grading be considered. And ordered, not unlike a Top 5 Albums of the Year list.

1. The Elysian Chicago – From USD $410 during Pitchfork Music Festival

Rating: 8.6

Sounds like: The delicate depth and sweetness of Bat For Lashes.

Choice track: “What’s A Girl To Do”

2. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago – From USD $395 during Pitchfork Music Festival

Rating: 8.3

Sounds like: The flashy phenom Kanye West, high-style and cocksure.

Choice track: “Gold Digger”

3. Park Hyatt Chicago – From USD $430 during Pitchfork Music Festival

Rating: 8.0

Sounds like: Practically any Park Hyatt calls to mind Lost in Translation, so the atmospheric electronic of Death In Vegas fits the moody modernity.

Choice track: “Girls”

4. The James Chicago - From USD $239 during Pitchfork Music Festival

Rating: 7.7

Sounds like: The sly, sexy soul of Aloe Blacc.

Choice track: “Hey Brother”

5. Sax Chicago, A Thompson Hotel - From USD $220 during Pitchfork Music Festival

Rating: 7.0

Sounds like: While it’s name and roots may reference blues, we hear the cheeky French rock of Phoenix, especially when they reference Baroque things.

Choice track: “Lisztomania”

  1. Picking up Women says:

    The site’s reviewers are music professors of sorts—with imaginary PhDs in electronic folk, orchestral rap or whatever seemingly contradictory musical hybrid the 21st century churns out—giving grades to the decisive decimal point.