Jeff Rosenstock stole the show at Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend. During his 1:45 p.m. set on Saturday, the frontman and his band gave an exuberant performance, made even better by the destruction of a Trump piñata, plenty of crowd surfing and a bold, humorous announcement of how much they made to play the Chicago festival ($7,500, in case you’re wondering). Rosenstock more than solidified his spot as the punkest act on the lineup. Check out my short interview below.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Pitchfork?
JR: I’m looking forward to Danny Brown. I’m stoked to see LCD Soundsystem. Mitski I’ve never seen — I love Mitski. I’ve been on tour every time she’s played in New York. A Tribe Called Quest — that was one of the first things I got into. I heard Scenario and that song was so fun as a kid. The Avalanches, Solange, big stuff I usually wouldn’t get to see. Angel Olsen — I’ve heard she’s really powerful live.
What’s coming up for you next?
JR: We’re on tour for a while and then we’re going to Australia. I’m playing bass in a ska band called Bruce Lee Band going on tour in Hawaii, Japan and Korea. Then I’m home and just working on some stuff. I have a band called Antarctigo Vespucci, we’re almost done with a record. I’m just writing stuff. Something might come of it, something will probably happen with it. I’m always writing.
What are some of your favorite ska bands?
JR: The Specials are just the best, obviously. That stuff — The Specials, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff. Operation Ivy if we’re getting into the later stuff, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The first time I heard them was like a million different types of music at the same time and I was just, like, “Wow, this is awesome.” I could go deep on that question. Just basically Asian Man Records, 1994 to 2000s.
Olivia Ladd is a freelance entertainment and music journalist and photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find her work on WMOT Roots Radio, MTSU Sidelines, No Country for New Nashville, The Tennessean, The New Black, Parade Magazine, in various zines and on Twitter at Olivia Ladd.