Bad Sports Andy's, Saturday "We're Bad Sports, and you're welcome," Daniel Fried told the one-in, one-out crowd at Andy's immediately after the Denton/Austin punk band finished their set. The crowd clapped, cheered and at least one guy in the back hollered back: "Thank you!"
The band had just delivered a break-neck set, including rousing performances of "Teenage Girls," "Should've Known" and "Days of Denton," which had folks in the audience stage diving within the first few notes. Granted, many of the folks in the crowd had piled into Mad Worlds Records to see Minneapolis' Birthday Suits and High Tension Wires earlier in the evening, and Denton's Idiots primed the audience with their own brand of punk.
The venue was already 25 away from capacity by the time Idiots took the stage at 9:30 p.m., and by 10 p.m. the doorman announced to folks waiting in line that the venue was one in, one out. Singer-guitarist Orville Neeley told the crowd the show was the first time Bad Sports had played Andy's since their very first show. While Gregory Rutherford hammered away at the drums, Neeley and Fried bounded around on the stage like they owned the place. - Daniel Rodrigue
Atlas Sound Main Stage 2, Saturday The rain Saturday evening provided Atlas Sound fans a proper backdrop for a completely sane solo performance by Bradford Cox. The audience huddled under umbrellas and the weather elicited some interesting banter from the Deerhunter frontman, who mentioned this was the last stop on his tour.
"I like the percussion of the rain," he said between songs. "You're going to have to listen real hard to hear me over the rain, because I'm going to do this one real quiet. I wish I could loop the rain. It sounds nice. You know?"
While strumming his acoustic guitar, Cox said, "Well, I think I've done a pretty good job of the sad, rainy kind of thing, so this next song is a real bright, uplifting nugget of sunlight." Needless to say, it wasn't. He later acknowledged, "All my songs are rainy day songs." - Daniel Rodrigue