07/18/2014 08:04 am ET Updated Jul 18, 2014

6 Bands Everyone Will Talk About This Time Next Year

Sure, there may be a lot of downside to the modern music festival experience. But there are a lot of plusses too, chief among them the chance to discover up-and-coming musical talents before they begin gigging at giant venues with top-dollar ticket prices and soundtracking Hollywood blockbusters.

With the Pitchfork Music Festival set to kick off in Chicago's Union Park on Friday, we wanted to highlight a half-dozen artists playing the fest we feel are most on the verge of a breakout at the music tastemaker's signature annual event. We're guessing that, come 2015, you'll be glad you gave them a listen before your parents were listening to them too.

Can't make the fest in Chicago? The entire thing will stream live all weekend, so there are no excuses for missing out on these rising talents:

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 Standouts