Frank Ocean, Hannibal Buress, Lee Ranaldo - All Tomorrow's Parties - 9/21 -9/23

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Better than: That cousin of yours who has fantastic taste and knows he has fantastic taste coming to your house and playing you fantastic music and showing you a great time, and every so often you catch him looking at you in a condescending way and you want to enjoy yourself less but you just can't.

A festival like I'll Be Your Mirror, the latest ATP offering, curated by Greg Dulli and ATP and taking place this past weekend at Pier 36 on the lowest part of Lower East Side, operates as a kind of adult playground. The festival's target demographic is older than that of your Bonaroo or your ACL, which means that the fun provided doesn't necessarily require the assortment of greybeards present to exert themselves. True, there were two stages, both loaded down with critically-approved musical acts, many of which played at an extraordinarily compelling and high volume. But there were benches and couches littering the venue, as well as a triple-decker boat, on which movies were screened throughout the weekend. "Do what you want and enjoy yourself, but don't try too hard," seemed to be the message that the curators were going for, one that suited the assortment of grown-up cool kids who showed up for a kind of relaxed bacchanalia.

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The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/21/12

Frank Ocean goes on at 11:45 p.m. Friday on Stage 1 at Pier 36.
In no particular order, here are ten can't-miss shows in New York this weekend. For the Voice's full rundown of New York concerts, hit up

See Also:
- All Tomorrow's Parties Preview: Founder Barry Hogan on the Festival's Move to New York City
- Fear of a Talibam! Planet
- Three Reasons Why Old Records Are Bigger Than Ever

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Tickets To The Afghan Whigs ATP Go On Sale Monday; Louis CK (!), The Make-Up (!!), Scrawl, The Roots, Mark Lanegan On The Bill

Tickets for the 2012 iteration of All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror Festival—happening September 21-23 in Asbury Park, and headlined by the reformed Afghan Whigs—go on sale on Monday morning, and the festival has released a partial list of who's scheduled to play the three-day festival, which sprawls out over a few indoor venues in the seaside New Jersey town. Among the artists handpicked by AW frontman Greg Dulli: comedian-slash-auteur Louis CK; legendary Ohio punkers Scrawl; Dulli's Gutter Twins collaborator Mark Lanegan; Detroit soul-punks the Dirtbombs (performing their 2001 album Ultraglide In Black); and Sharon Van Etten. The ATP-selected side of the bill, meanwhile, is headed up by Ian Svenonius's reformed agit-gospel outfit The Make-Up, and rounded out by the likes of Hot Snakes, Factory Floor (who caused jaws to drop at the Portishead-headlined installment of the fest last year), and Death Grips. The weekend's roster so far, plus info on buying tickets, below.

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Second Jeff Mangum Show Added To Portishead's Big Three-Day Fest In Asbury Park

The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is releasing new tickets to accommodate those people who might want to see it. The "Three-Day Sunday Jeff Mangum Pass," currently on sale for $269 plus fees, gets access to all three days of the festival and the Jeff Mangum performance taking place on Sunday. (Early-bird pass buyers have an in to Mangum's previously announced Friday show.) In addition, the weekend's lineup now includes sets by Marc Ribot, Colin Stetson, and Thinking Fellers Local Union 282; comedy performances by Hannibal Burress and Reggie Watts; and a DJ set by the dudes who run the probably self-explanatory music blog Awesome Tapes From Africa. The full lineup as it stands now is below.

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ATP Asbury Park With Portishead and Jeff Mangum Nearly Sold Out Overall [Updated]


Last year's All Tomorrow's Parties inexplicably only drew 2,300 people out of a 3000 capacity--mindboggling to us that anyone who actually likes music would miss such a beautifully orchestrated thing--but this year's Portishead/Jeff Mangum double-billed festival, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, is looking like it will sell-out overall. As of now, the Neutral Milk Hotel ascetic is only playing two shows that weekend: one on Friday, September 30 that requires a three-day pass for entry, and another completely separate show on Monday night, October 3. The latter option sold out almost immediately; the $269 former, which also includes the entire weekend's undoubtedly stellar programming, is almost gone.

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Portishead And Jeff Mangum Are Headlining All Tomorrow's Parties In Asbury Park, NJ

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Good lord. All Tomorrow's Parties is bringing their boutique full-immersion indie-rock weekend blowout to a new spot this year: Asbury Park, NJ. ATP's three-day I'll Be Your Mirror fest will be partially curated by Portishead (!) and headlined by none other than fuckin' Jeff Mangum (!!!!), last seen regaling a room full of lucky Bushwickians as part of a tentative comeback attempt he's apparently finally ready to begin in earnest. Show goes down September 30 and October 1-2; a three-day pass (necessary to get into the first of two Mangum shows, with the other one a separate ticket) runs you $249, with the usual ATP amenities -- comedy stage, mini film festival, Steve Albini poker room (well, probably, given that Shellac are among the few other confirmed bands), etc. etc. -- thrown in. This is frankly pretty incredible. Full release with payment/schedule info below: See you in Jersey. Sheesh.

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Big Boi and Terry Riley Added To the Animal Collective-Curated All Tomorrow's Parties

Say what you want about Animal Collective's recent turn as wedding music for the shrillest people alive, they will probably always have a better record collection than you. To wit: The line-up for May's AnCo-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Minehead, England just added OutKast funkateer Big Boi and minimalism's blissmaster general Terry Riley in the same day. No word on whether Poppy Nogood and Sir Lucious Left Foot are gonna jam out on some indotrancealisticadillacmuzik, but with that news we're pretty much ready to hop on a plane--even if it means spending a weekend avoiding facepaint stains from AnCo's most fanatical, make-upped followers. General Patton and Terry also join an already double-stuffed lineup including the reborn masters of avant-clank Thinking Fellers Union 282, Saharan guitar masters Group Doueh, Atlas Sound, Gang Gang Dance, Meat Puppets, The Frogs, Vlasislav Delay and like the entire Paw-Tracks roster. Basically, if you like putting terrible things in your body and then rapidly sweating them out in a tiger mask, boy do we have a weekend for you. Full, totally batshit ridiculous line-up--including 12 new additions--after the jump.

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The Faces of All Tomorrow's Parties New York 2010

all photos by Per Billgren

This past weekend in Monticello, New York the third annual All Tomorrow's Parties New York took place. Here are some snapshots of the people we met.

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Your Guide to All Tomorrow's Parties New York 2010, Which Still Has Tickets Available

Rebecca Smeyne
Welcome back.

The third All Tomorrow's Parties New York begins tonight. Jim Jarmusch is the curator. Christopher R. Weingarten is your official historian. Shellac are your house band. Barry Hogan is your host. And if you enjoy life, you should go. There's still time.

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Comedian Hannibal Buress on The Gathering of the Juggalos: Some Damn Good Money

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Hannibal Buress walks through a city of lost souls, i.e. the Gathering of the Juggalos' Drug Bridge

On the comedy stage of All Tomorrow's Parties New York this weekend is the recently minted 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress. The local comic's been all over the festival circuit this summer, from Pitchfork to Wilco's Solid Sound to the Gathering of the Juggalos. The latter is where he told dearly departed Paste that Tina Fey discovered him for his new job.

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