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.
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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.More »