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All Tomorrow's Parties 2010 In Photos

  • Iggy and the Stooges performed 1973's Raw Power for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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    Iggy and the Stooges performed 1973's Raw Power for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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  • Iggy Pop invades the crowd.
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    Iggy Pop invades the crowd.
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  • Give the fans an inch and they'll take the whole stage.
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    Give the fans an inch and they'll take the whole stage.
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  • Bless the security guys, Iggy Pop didn't like standing on stage.
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    Bless the security guys, Iggy Pop didn't like standing on stage.
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  • Kutsher's, the last of the Borscht Belt grand resorts, was the home of ATP New York 2010.
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    Kutsher's, the last of the Borscht Belt grand resorts, was the home of ATP New York 2010.
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  • Matt Pike rips a sick guitar solo during the one-riff epic "Dopesmoker."
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    Matt Pike rips a sick guitar solo during the one-riff epic "Dopesmoker."
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  • Ecstatic metal fans rock out to Sleep performing songs from Holy Mountain for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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    Ecstatic metal fans rock out to Sleep performing songs from Holy Mountain for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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  • The Criterion Collection curated a series of films at ATP, including 1971's The Last Picture Show.
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    The Criterion Collection curated a series of films at ATP, including 1971's The Last Picture Show.
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  • If there was a couch, T-Model Ford played on it. Dude was everywhere.
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    If there was a couch, T-Model Ford played on it. Dude was everywhere.
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  • Mudhoney perfomed the entirety of 1990's Superfuzz Bigmuff for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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    Mudhoney perfomed the entirety of 1990's Superfuzz Bigmuff for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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  • Australian rock band The Scientists performed Blood Red Power for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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    Australian rock band The Scientists performed Blood Red Power for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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  • It was a shame that the beautiful lights of the dining room were later covered by a large black cloth.
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    It was a shame that the beautiful lights of the dining room were later covered by a large black cloth.
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  • Shimmering both through the speakers and on stage, Sian Ahern of Sian Alice Group performs at ATP.
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    Shimmering both through the speakers and on stage, Sian Ahern of Sian Alice Group performs at ATP.
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  • Don't bug out too much, man.
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    Don't bug out too much, man.
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  • Hypnotically focused on pure beats, Portishead member Geoff Barrow's (right) new band BEAK> performs at ATP.
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    Hypnotically focused on pure beats, Portishead member Geoff Barrow's (right) new band BEAK> performs at ATP.
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  • Classically trained cellist Helen Money sawed drones and riffed metallic with an array of effects pedals on the Lobby Stage.
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    Classically trained cellist Helen Money sawed drones and riffed metallic with an array of effects pedals on the Lobby Stage.
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  • Ask Jim and Thurston!
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    Ask Jim and Thurston!
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  • In their chat, Thurston Moore (left) told ATP curator and director Jim Jarmusch that when he's depressed, he likes to blast black metal in the car.
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    In their chat, Thurston Moore (left) told ATP curator and director Jim Jarmusch that when he's depressed, he likes to blast black metal in the car.
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  • The hotel at sunset.
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    The hotel at sunset.
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  • After a day of crushing psychedelic rock, many fans lie down on the floor for the sublime music of David Pajo's Papa M.
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    After a day of crushing psychedelic rock, many fans lie down on the floor for the sublime music of David Pajo's Papa M.
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  • A line forms for the whiskey tasting.
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    A line forms for the whiskey tasting.
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  • Spurred on by a booming sound system, Explosions in the Sky pushed its instrumental rock to the limits.
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    Spurred on by a booming sound system, Explosions in the Sky pushed its instrumental rock to the limits.
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  • The lake at sunset.
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    The lake at sunset.
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  • Backed by videos synced to found sound and music, The Books created something between songs and rescued memories.
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    Backed by videos synced to found sound and music, The Books created something between songs and rescued memories.
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  • The magic behind the ballroom's stellar sound.
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    The magic behind the ballroom's stellar sound.
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  • Sonic Youth mostly played of mix of material — everything from "Eric's Trip" to songs from its latest album, The Eternal, at ATP.
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    Sonic Youth mostly played of mix of material — everything from "Eric's Trip" to songs from its latest album, The Eternal, at ATP.
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  • Kim Gordon closed Sonic Youth's set with a minimal take on "Shaking Hell."
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    Kim Gordon closed Sonic Youth's set with a minimal take on "Shaking Hell."
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  • Morning after the all-night buffet.
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    Morning after the all-night buffet.
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  • Musical entertainer Frankie Don did a wicked version of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" set to the "Latin" setting on his keyboard.
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    Musical entertainer Frankie Don did a wicked version of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" set to the "Latin" setting on his keyboard.
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  • All smiles at the movie quiz.
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    All smiles at the movie quiz.
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  • Tim Biskup and Eric White displayed their, um, unique oil paintings inspired by the characters on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! at ATP.
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    Tim Biskup and Eric White displayed their, um, unique oil paintings inspired by the characters on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! at ATP.
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  • Sunset at the lake.
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    Sunset at the lake.
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  • No dance parties in here... yet.
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    No dance parties in here... yet.
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  • Slow and psychedelic, Bardo Pond at ATP.
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    Slow and psychedelic, Bardo Pond at ATP.
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  • For a brief moment, the air-hockey game going on in the back of the room was oddly in sync with trascendental lutist Jozef Van Wissem.
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    For a brief moment, the air-hockey game going on in the back of the room was oddly in sync with trascendental lutist Jozef Van Wissem.
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  • In addition to their relentless in-the-red, wah-wah'd psych-rock, the members of White Hills definitely had the best outfits of the weekend.
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    In addition to their relentless in-the-red, wah-wah'd psych-rock, the members of White Hills definitely had the best outfits of the weekend.
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  • Don't let the photo fool you: Pink Eyes of F----- Up spent most of his time in the pit, wrapped in cords and giving everyone sweaty bear-hugs.
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    Don't let the photo fool you: Pink Eyes of F——- Up spent most of his time in the pit, wrapped in cords and giving everyone sweaty bear-hugs.
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  • Psych-rock band The Black Angels previewed tons of new songs from the upcoming Phosphene Dream.
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    Psych-rock band The Black Angels previewed tons of new songs from the upcoming Phosphene Dream.
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  • Girls churned out catchy pop nuggets in the ballroom at ATP.
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    Girls churned out catchy pop nuggets in the ballroom at ATP.
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  • The San Francisco psychedelic boogie-rockers in Wooden Shjips found a groove and never let go.
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    The San Francisco psychedelic boogie-rockers in Wooden Shjips found a groove and never let go.
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  • The hard-working WFMU folks not only recorded every concert at ATP, but also did a live broadcast on Sunday.
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    The hard-working WFMU folks not only recorded every concert at ATP, but also did a live broadcast on Sunday.
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  • Wrapped in robes and cloaked under incessant fog, Sunn O))) and Boris performed 2006's Altar for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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    Wrapped in robes and cloaked under incessant fog, Sunn O))) and Boris performed 2006's Altar for ATP's Don't Look Back series.
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  • Jesse Sykes joins Sunn O))) and Boris for "The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)."
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    Jesse Sykes joins Sunn O))) and Boris for "The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)."
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  • Sunn O))) and Boris' performance was epic.
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    Sunn O))) and Boris' performance was epic.
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  • After playing couches all weekend, T-Model Ford finally took the stage on Sunday night.
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    After playing couches all weekend, T-Model Ford finally took the stage on Sunday night.
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  • Soaked in echo, Kurt Vile and The Violators' set was especially trippy.
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    Soaked in echo, Kurt Vile and The Violators' set was especially trippy.
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  • The legendary DJ Kool Herc spins records.
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    The legendary DJ Kool Herc spins records.
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  • Pure voice: Hope Sandoval.
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    Pure voice: Hope Sandoval.
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  • GZA closed out ATP after ear-damaged fans funneled out of the Sunn O))) and Boris concert.
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    GZA closed out ATP after ear-damaged fans funneled out of the Sunn O))) and Boris concert.
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Walking into Kutsher's Country Club — the Monticello, N.Y., site of the All Tomorrow's Parties Music Festival — was like stepping into the decayed memory of bygone decades. A dated typeface stretched into a neon sign, minimalist furniture lined the hallways and filled the lobbies, paint was peeling from every corner of the hotel and there was a certain musty air that only comes from years of neglect and generations of guests. And with no V.I.P. passes or roped-off areas, musicians, comedians, fans and Sunday's curator, director Jim Jarmusch, all co-mingled in the puzzling layout of Kutsher's. This surreal setting set the atmosphere for a completely unique concert-going experience.

While sipping a tasty beverage by the lake or catching a movie in the Criterion Cinema provided respite for our ears, we were certainly at ATP for the music. With stuttered schedules, it was possible to get a taste of everything at the two stages, but the draw of the Stardust Room (the main stage) always felt like an event. Tiered in levels like something out of a classic '50s movie, if you wanted to stand in the back, you could still see Iggy Pop spastically dance like no 63-year-old man should during The Stooges' performance of Raw Power. And then there was the best sound system I've ever heard. When Sleep performed Holy Mountain for ATP's "Don't Look Back" series on Friday night, the chunka-chunka riffs of "The Druid" never sounded so deliriously thick. And the hypnotic, one-riff epic "Dopesmoker" was minimalist metal bliss pulsing from the speakers, a transcendental sound rattling the ribcage of every slow-motion fist-pumper.

There was plenty of nostalgia by way of the "Don't Look Back" series and older acts like Sonic Youth, Hallogallo (Michael Rother performing the music of kraut-rock pioneers Neu!), and Wu-Tang Clan members GZA and Raekwon, but new artists kept the weekend fresh. Bob Boilen was especially impressed by California pop group Girls and psychedelic band Sian Alice Group. I found my infinite headbang in White Hills, a relentlessly heavy psych-rock band with scorching wah-wah and fantastic outfits, and got some sweaty man-hugs in the pit from F——- Up's Pink Eyes.

But ATP's grand moment was Altar, the collaboration between doom/drone-lords Sunn 0))) and Japanese heavy rock band Boris, the second-ever performance of the album. Boilen sums it up best when he calls it "a sensation beyond hearing." The volume was pure, though never piercing. When Jesse Sykes joined the musicians onstage for the blissed-out "The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)," she was a vision wrapped in a hooded robe, vulnerably singing the chorus over divebombing Moogs. At its conclusion, Boris drummer Atsuo, ever the showman, stood at the foot of the stage and raised devil horns to the stunned audience — and as I looked back, every hand was in the air. We then carried Atsuo through the crowd, ending this vibration ritual.

We're currently working to archive a selection of concerts from ATP, but in the mean time, hear All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's take on ATP, plus a live recording of Iggy and the Stooges performing "No Fun."

Hear Bob Boilen's ATP 2010 Recap, Plus A Live Stooges Recording

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