A quaint, kosher vacation spot in Monticello, N.Y., is the center of the indie rock universe this weekend, as the All Tomorrow's Parties festival touches down at Kutsher's Country Club. The event was
A quaint, kosher vacation spot in Monticello, N.Y., is the center of the indie rock universe this weekend, as the All Tomorrow's Parties festival touches down at Kutsher's Country Club. The event was partially curated by My Bloody Valentine, which will tomorrow play its first show on American soil in 16 years.
The sold-out festival drew 3,000 leather-and-denim-clad rock fans to the picturesque countryside, which ironically provided the inspiration for the '80s cult classic film "Dirty Dancing." But there'll be no twisting at Kutsher's this weekend. Instead, bands representing several eras of underground rock will perform in the venue's two intimate concert spaces, which are usually reserved for lounge singers and magicians.
Yesterday, the event began with concerts by five artists, each performing one of their best-known albums in its entirety. Highlights included the Meat Puppets' crunchy interpretation of their second album ("Meat Puppets II"), Tortoise's droning tour through the 1996 instrumental rock classic "Millions Now Living Will Never Die" and Built To Spill's powerful run through 1997's "Perfect From Now On."
Thurston Moore took a break from recording with Sonic Youth to perform his solo album "Psychic Hearts," while underground Philadelphia noise mavens Bardo Pond revisited their 1997 album "Lapsed."
Highlights today included performances by Shellac, Low, Les Savy Fav, the reunited Polvo and the pummeling duo Lightning Bolt. Besides My Bloody Valentine, tomorrow's bill boasts hip-hop twosome EPMD, Dinosaur Jr., Mercury Rev, Bob Mould, Yo La Tengo and Mogwai.
While music is undoubtedly the focus of the weekend, ATP is also offering its patrons a number of entertaining distractions. Kutsher's second stage was reserved for laughs Friday, as Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman and a host of other stand-up indie comics slaughtered a standing-room only crowd with edgy, high-brow jokes.
The Criterion Company will show independent films on Kutsher's second floor all weekend, featuring acclaimed rock-docs like "Gimme Shelter" and "The Year Punk Broke." And those anxious to try their luck can venture to the Executive Card Room, where pioneering indie producer Steve Albini is hosting all-night poker games.
For full All Tomorrow's Parties coverage, visit the Billboard blog at JadedInsider.com.