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5. Titus Andronicus and LCD Soundsystem
July 17 at Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park
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Titus Andronicus singer Patrick Stickles (picured) has a simple request at the outset of his band's set. "Let's make this the greatest day of our lives," he says, then turns his complaints, disappointments and paranoia – "Your life is over," "You will always be a loser," "The enemy is everywhere" – into triumphant celebrations. LCD is in victory-lap mode as James Murphy's merry band caps the middle night of the three-day Pitchfork festival. The immortal "All My Friends" never sounded better than it does beneath a summer moon against the city skyline, 20,000 fans singing along.