If there's a VIP tent on the grounds of Pier 36, the New York City venue hosting this year's All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror festival, it's not seeing much action. Hell, the deli platter's probably untouched. That's because more than any other indie rock event, ATP erases the line between artist and fan, and on Saturday, as acts ranging from avant-garde electro-pop duo Emeralds to reunited alt-rock heroes the Afghan Whigs did their thing, the only hint of segregation was at the food trucks, where those who'd already ordered their artisinal dumplings stood apart from those still deciding between chicken and veggie.
The All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festival, which in recent years has taken place in Asbury Park, N.J., after a long run in upstate New York, is moving again. The 2012 edition, set for Sept. 21-23, will now be held on Pier 36 in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The move was "due to logistical reasons," a statement from ATP reveals; refunds are available for those not able to travel to NYC.
The Afghan Whigs are just a few gigs into their first tour in 13 years, and as fans scour the Internet in search of clues as to which Whigs delights frontman Greg Dulli and the band will be playing live, they also get a taste of the various surprise covers that are in store. Dulli has always been big on performing covers live, and so far this latest trek is no different.
Breaking a five-year silence, the Afghan Whigs have kicked off their 2012 reunion tour with the release of a brand-new recording: a cover of the Marie 'Queenie' Lyons track 'See and Don't See' (hear that here). Afghan Whigs' recording will be available for free at the band's site starting today (May 18).