Best Performer: Midlake, by a hair over Ted Leo. Both performed illuminating sets—but Midlake went further, hinting at something unexpected still to come from the band. Seriously: You should have heard this one almost metal-like instrumental jam the band offered up, seemingly on the spot. Whereas the Lips essentially offered up their NX35 set once more, Midlake showed some serious progression.

Random Note: Beyond being ridiculously compelling, Ted Leo's performance, when coupled with the Gaslight Anthem's the day before, confirmed our belief that Springsteen serves as a healthy, heavy influence over every good song a band from New Jersey has released in the past decade.

Hippies. Gross.
Patrick Michels
Hippies. Gross.
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas almost looked like he cared on Friday.
Patrick Michels
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas almost looked like he cared on Friday.

Winner: Dad-rockers, if only due to the fact that, with Norah Jones and the Eagles sharing the bill, this night was like a man-with-a-paid-off-mortgage's wet dream. You win again, Baby Boomers. You always do.

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