The Bender’s opening Day 3 ceremonies kicked off with performances from Jenny O, the kinda charming shambles of Jhameel as well as the polite scuzz of Twilight soundtrack representatives Eastern Conference Champions.
Later at Cafe Du Nord I caught San Francisco’s Melted Toys perform some dream pop nouveau that took to task the indie sound of ’81-’85 in a believable manner.
Gregory and the Hawk, or shall I say Meredith Godreau played some kind and gentle acoustic Takoma guitar/harp tunes. With the weather outside was storming, her music warmed and lulled me in a manner I cannot translate.
Apex Manor performed a kind of dad rock that would sound best with a Bud Lite as a compliment to any 70s powerpop or MOR radio hits.
Film School got all the indie chicks dancing in the club while spilling their Stoli and soda all over their respective beaus.
Then at Bottom of the Hill Ted Leo was doing his solo acoustic thing, sans Pharmacists, keeping the spirits up and Woody Guthrie look alive.