Twin Peaks play The Main on Tuesday, March 17 and IFC Fairgrounds and Bar 96 on Friday, March 20
In the great summer music festival boom of recent years, the afternoon set has become a relatively conservative thing—bands can knock it out of the park, sure, but there's a need to keep everything running smoothly. Given that benchmark, it was revitalizing to see some local favorites going for broke on the second day of Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival last month. Twin Peaks, a Chicago band made up of four dudes not yet of legal drinking age, one of whom, Cadien James, was playing seated a wheelchair with a cast on his foot, tore through a couple of their garage rock bangers with equal parts youthful intensity and slacker abandon. Guitarist Clay Frankel abruptly smashed his instrument and began throwing the pieces into the crowd. Security had to intervene, and one of the band members made a comment about how they would no longer be throwing pieces of guitar into the crowd but also how it was important to make a big impression during what was the biggest moment of their career. In my case, at least, it worked.