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May 10, 2005

Intonation scoop

Back in the wintry months, we were first to report word of Pitchfork's Intonation Festival.

Following the story we've collected a list of confirmed acts more complete than even the official festival page. (Fourteen of the supposed 24 names have been announced, in one way or another, to date: Broken Social Scene, the Decemberists, Fiery Furnaces, Four Tet, the Go! Team, the M's, Magnolia Electric Co., AC Newman, the Wrens, Will Oldham (Dj set), Death From Above 1979, Out Hud, Xiu Xiu and Andrew Bird.)

Recently however there's been some whispering about the fate of the festival itself. A recent post to the message board for the rock-radio gabfest Sound Opinions questioned whether the festival had been cancelled or relocated - to which Pitchfork staffer Scott Plagenhoef, who frequents that board, replied "it is being moved to a larger spot, more info later."

Now, thanks to some perusing of various other web locales, we can report: The new locale is Union Park on Chicago's West Side. (That's corroborated by the Magnolia Electric Co. and Death From Above 1979 sites.)

According to those band sites and Plagenhoef on the Sound Opinions board, the dates, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, will be the same. (Oh and the Chicago Park District site says Union Park, at 13 acres, is in fact more than three times larger than Pulaski Park at 3.8 acres.)

We can also reveal three new confirmations that Pitchfork and Intonation have yet to report. According to Pollstar and the Billions booking agency, Prefuse 73 and Beans are on the festival. Per the French Kiss Records page, the Hold Steady will play as well.

Those who click to the Sound Opinions board post will notice some coded speculation about two additional bands: Les Savy Fav and Deerhoof. Plagenhoef's posts confirm that both bands were "approached" but he doesn't say whether they're playing - and we can't find any word, one way or another, elsewhere on the web.