Our Hero Carly Rae Jepsen Saves the World at Pitchfork Fest

Our Hero Carly Rae Jepsen Saves the World at Pitchfork Fest

Watching Carly Rae Jepsen perform her song “Gimmie Love” on Friday night at Pitchfork Music Festival, I couldn’t help but think about what a shitty 24 hours it had been.

Not for me, personally; I’m in Chicago, which is lovely in the summertime, and I was lucky enough to enjoy a nice walk and some quality deep-dish pizza that afternoon. But on Friday at 7:00 pm CT, it felt as if the past day had consisted of nothing but awful news. The Nice attacks killed dozens and damaged a nation already in a state of emergency. Donald Trump picked another incoherent old white guy to help him lead one of the two major political parties in our country. And just as Jepsen was about to take the stage, news broke of a military coup in Turkey that would (and did) inevitably lead to more casualties. 

All of this after Orlando, and Dallas, and Istanbul, and Alton, and Philando, and Brexit; this sadness that had been injected into the past month-plus had come back with a vengeance in a single 24-hour period. When Jepsen opened her show with “Run Away With Me,” I wanted to be recruited and run away from this madness, unconcerned with where exactly she was running.

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