07/12/2012 05:22 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2012

Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 Preview: Festival Set Time Showdowns (VIDEOS)

It is here once again, Chicago music fans: the sweaty, raucous summer romp known as the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The three-stage festival, which begins Friday afternoon at Union Park, is nowhere near the size of the so-deemed "Walmart on the Lake." But, largely thanks to the quality of the festival's lineup this year, any Pitchfork-goer will still face some tough choices when it comes to competing sets -- one taking place at one of the grounds' two main stages and the other on its smaller, Blue side stage.

Sure, a band like the Carrie Brownstein-fronted riot grrrl supergroup Wild Flag (5:15 p.m. Saturday, Red) or hometown hero Willis Earl Beal (4:15 p.m. Friday, Blue) are more clear must-see picks. But such acts aside, we considered six of this year's most perplexing set time showdowns. Let us know who you're looking forward to seeing in the comments below.

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Pitchfork Preview: Set Time Showdowns