Best Afterparty Spot: Newport Blues Cafe
For four years, Deer Tick have hosted a daily afterparty at the small Newport Blues Cafe, bringing along some friends for sets that are rowdier than what they can get away with at the festival itself. This year saw appearances from Robert Ellis, Kurt Vile and Trampled by Turtles, plus keynote sessions by the Rhode Island natives themselves. Highlights from Deer Tick's sets included a rendition of "Bony Maronie" sung by Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, a performance of Nirvana's "Sliver" sung by Vile and stirring covers of songs by everyone from the Police to Chuck Berry to the Replacements. C.D.