For a few hours on Thursday (July 16), the day before the kickoff of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, it seemed as if CHVRCHES' set would be the most "buzzworthy" performance of Friday's lineup. After all, the Scottish trio had officially announced sophomore album, Every Open Eye, that morning, and the night before had debuted three tracks at Ottawa Bluesfest. CHVRCHES were coming to Pitchfork Fest armed with a new album of songs that had never before been played in the United States. Then, Wilco released a surprise album for free on Thursday afternoon.
Indeed, the big draw of Friday at Pitchfork Music Festival quickly became the proper headliner: Wilco, playing a hometown show 30 hours after 11 of their songs popped up on the Web, in the form of a free bundle titled Star Wars. Dads flocked to the Green Stage on a muggy Friday evening, and Wilco opened their set by playing all 11 of those songs in order.
"These are all new song on our new album, Star Wars," frontman Jeff Tweedy quipped midway through the 35-minute single-album set opening. "It's got a cat on the cover."