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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Novelty Shows: vitaminwater Uncapped!

The coming of colder weather brings with it a barrel full of holidays and fun times.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve are some of these things, but what about vitaminwater Uncapped, Little Italy Days, and Hydra?  What the fuck are these things anyway?

Here we go.

Here we see roupers Seth and Brian along with Steal City's Darryl Workman as they pose for pfotos at the weird vitaminwater press area on Thursday, the first day of the three day long event.  Some of these pfotos were published on the vitaminwater Facebook page here and here.

On Friday my friends Middle Children played some music.  Their set was pretty standard, but it was cool to see them in such a strange environment.  The whole thing was goofy due to how commercial that it was and their music was enhanced by the Ramones-ness of the whole thing.

Next up we have Hidden Twin.  I don't know much about this guy, but I guess that he is in local Pittsburgh garage/punk/blues band Modey Lemon.  This project however appears to be none of those classifications.  Judging from his set filled with drum loops and echo effects Hidden Twin is a synthpop/new wave sort of band with some degree of the solo drone/noise guy/girl who plays a guitar or bass (Satyr/Elfheim, Noveller, Thrones, Yellow Crystal Star, unFact).  I liked his set a lot, possibly because it's not the normal kind of stuff for me to listen to, but had the kind of atmospherics that I like.

After Hidden Twin, Rivka excited the crowd with what some weirdos call 'tropical noise.'  I'd rather just say that it was very similar to Animal Collective or Dirty Projectors and kind of boring.  They had an okay sound, but no stage presence.  Rivka's set was mostly a lot of standing behind laptops, dancing around, and saying stuff that was incomprehensible to me.

The final Friday band, Bachelorette, was similar to Rivka, but much more exciting.  Despite being still a dance/electropop/synthpop project, New Zealander Annabel Alpers put on a better show, probably because of her awesome projections that worked with the projections that had been covering the YMCA all night to create a living and moving room.  Bachelorette helped end the night off well.

In addition to drinking infinite, free vitaminwater, walking around in a long shut down pool, talking, and sort of dancing we also had a fun rollerskating rink on Saturday and got to mess with the normalcy of everyone else.

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