|Let's have bizarre celebrations.|
A little-known highlight was probably the after-shows at the back bar outside the Vaudeville Mews; if you didn't go this year, definitely try to check them out in 2012. Set up against weathered-brick downtown buildings, the space looked great, and it sounded surprisingly good, too, giving the music some more room to breathe than in the Mews itself. Plus, on Saturday, the place was basically packed. Wolves in the Attic, who'd had equipment problems earlier in the day, got their chance at anthemic noise-rock redemption, while Mantis Pincers were able to whip up some of their cosmic cooking for an audience that somehow still had energy to keep on dancing. On Sunday night, festival headliners Of Montreal's own Kevin Barnes was out there DJing.
Happy Independence Day! I don't have much else to write at the moment, but some of my trademark fan's-view blurry phone pics are below. As Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles remarked from the main stage, "It's hard to be humble when you're on the Jumbotron." As Des Noise pal Travis said to a bearded guy who wasn't Patrick Stickles at the after-show (because Titus totally had to drive 20 hours to New Jersey immediately after playing), "Nice set!"
|The enemy is everywhere.|
|It's still us against them.|
|"Wait until you can see the whites of their eyes."|
|"You will always be a loser, man."|
|Fans joined Christopher the Conquered for their big finale.|
|Forget my tweets from Das Racist: BBU blew the place up.|
|PCC played to their biggest DSM crowd yet.|
|Wolves in the Attic rocked the back bar.|
|Are you ready to get Pinced?|
|Don't make me pop the trunk... on you.|
|I wanna know this time if you're really finally mine.|
Travis and Penny dance to Handsome Furs.