I’m on my way to the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in Chicago’s Union Park and runs through Sunday.

No need to rehash all of the heavy-hitters included in this year’s lineup — headliners Björk, R. Kelly and Belle and Sebastian will be joined by acts like The Breeders, Swans and Yo La Tengo. Three-day passes sold out weeks ago, but day passes are still available for Friday and Saturday and include amazing lesser-known talent — don’t miss Daughn Gibson’s deep baritone mystique and Angel Olsen’s glowing resonance (Friday), and expect raw passion from the London-based Savages and compositional genius at once playful and intricate from Julia Holter (Saturday). And those are just a few of the bands I’m most excited to catch live for the first time!

Also worth mentioning is the Book Fort run by Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Writing, which will continue this year to highlight the intersection of music and indie lit. Books and zines by small presses we love will be available for sale, and readings and panels will feature musicians-turned-writers and young experimental authors. I’m honored to be a part of Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s first-ever event outside of NYC, a very special edition of their 3-Minute Story series (this one focusing on DIY). I’ll be reading alongside the likes of Matt Bell, Maura Johnston and Pitchfork’s own editor-in-chief Mark Richardson.

Check in with me on Twitter (@helloloretta) for live coverage of this year’s fest, and stay tuned for in-depth personal essay coverage right here at The Rumpus.

Katy Henriksen is the music editor for The Rumpus and a classical music and arts producer at KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio. She's written about arts and culture for the Brooklyn Rail, New Pages, Oxford American, Paste, the Poetry Project Newsletter,Publishers Weekly, Venus Zine and others. She also designs book jackets and makes pies. You may keep up with her at Twitter (@helloloretta) or through More from this author →