In what could have been the best early summer Thursday night in memory (complete with a day off on Friday), Battles made their long awaited return to Detroit at one of my favorite venues in town, Saint Andrew’s Hall. The band said they hadn’t been to town since 2005 (which is still up for debate) but regardless, it had been a while. I just saw Battles live for the first time last fall at ATP and was very pleased with their unique breed of art rock and their energetic live show, centered (quite literally) around the crazy drumming of John Stanier and his way up high cymbal. And when I found out that my friend’s band Child Bite was opening, it capped things off quite nicely. Check out some pictures from the night below – none of which do justice to the energy of either band (and especially Child Bite, who was just too quick for my terrible camera). But hey, my theory is, the worse the pictures, the better the show. When you cap off a few awesome sets with a shawarma sandwich from Bucharest Grill and a cold and delicious Ghettoblaster on a hot summer night, you have yourself a pretty killer evening in Detroit.