The worldwide All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is not your usual music festival. Instead of going for the biggest names, ATP events are curated by artists and musicians who invite their favorite acts to perform.
They're also known for their unique settings, often taking place at off-the-beaten-track spots rather than in giant fields. In 2010, ATP added city-based events called "I'll Be Your Mirror" to its lineup.
This year, ATP comes to NYC for the first time and is curated by Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs. Here's a look at some of the performers:
One of the most promising soul singers to come along in years, Frank Ocean's debut album, "Channel Orange," combines the classic sounds of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye with elements of hip-hop and modern R&B. He appears to be well on the road to superstardom. (Friday)
Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton
It has been a year of honors for classical composer Philip Glass as he celebrates his 75th birthday. Among those honors is a tribute album due next month featuring remixes of his work by artists including Beck, electronic musician Dan Deacon, and Tyondai Braxton, formerly of the avant-garde rock group Battles. (Friday)
The Afghan Whigs
ATP festivals are known for bringing critically acclaimed bands back together. After breaking up in 2001, The Afghan Whigs reunited in May to play an ATP event in London. The band's dark, soul-influenced indie rock remains as powerful as it was during its 1990s heyday. (Saturday)
The Dirty Three
An Australian instrumental rock trio, the Dirty Three are led by classically trained violinist and Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis. Cave has called them his favorite live act. (Saturday)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The post-rock band reunited in 2010 for an ATP event in the U.K. after seven years away. Its hypnotic performances include film projections and unusual sound samples. (Sunday)
If you go: ATP Festival "I'll Be Your Mirror" is at Pier 36 on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 299 South St. One-day passes: $60-$75; Three-day passes: $199.