Frank Ocean to Play ATP New York, Gets Covered by Afghan Whigs

It’s a big year for Frank Ocean, whose Channel Orange is definitely in my top five records of 2012 already. So it’s not quite a surprise that he’s been tapped as a headliner for All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival next month in September, curated by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs.

ATP, which was recently moved to Manhattan from Asbury Park, New Jersey, was boasting a pretty great lineup already, including Lee Ranaldo, The Roots, José Gonzålez, Dirty Three, The Antlers, Chavez, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Braids, Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, and comedians Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo, and Kurt Braunohler. Headling Saturday night is, of course, the Afghan Whigs, who played their first show in eleven years back in May at Bowery Ballroom

In other Frank Ocean / Afghan Whigs news, here’s the stellar cover of "Lovecrimes" that Greg Dulli & Co. recorded: 

Pitchfork Music Festival Finalizes Lineup: Beach House, Wild Flag & More Join the Fun

Today, Pitchfork added the final batch of bands to its 2012 music festival lineup, well ahead of the July 13-15 weekend where the excitement will go down in Chicago’s Union Park: Beach House, Wild Flag, Real Estate, Atlas Sound, Big K.R.I.T., Nicolas Jaar, Cults, Chavez, Ty Segall, Oneohtrix Point Never, Youth Lagoon, Thee Oh Sees, King Krule, Lotus Plaza, Dirty Beaches, Lower Dens, Milk Music, the Psychic Paramount, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Outer Minds, and A Lull. The festival might not ever be as fun as the year when they sold Sparks at the beer tents, but sometimes life forces you to make sacrifices for sanity’s sake. You can look at the final lineup, which is looking pretty healthy, after the click.

Pitchfork, in my opinion, is the best deal in national music festivals. For the cost of a one-way plane ticket, you get to see dozens of relevant, high quality bands at varying points in their life cycle: buzz acts finding their live presence, indie veterans who’ve settled into a comfortable set list, and the random top-shelf name brand gifted with a headlining set for a crowd that’s absolutely reveretial of their presence. And the people watching! The people watching is absolutely superb. Three-day passes are sold out, though you can still purchase individual one-day tickets if that weekend is still looking free on your schedule.  

Friday, July 13:

A$AP Rocky
Willis Earl Beal
Big K.R.I.T.
Clams Casino
Dirty Projectors
Tim Hecker
Lower Dens 
The Olivia Tremor Control
Outer Minds 
Purity Ring

Saturday, July 14:

The Atlas Moth
Atlas Sound 
Danny Brown
Cloud Nothings
Flying Lotus
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hot Chip
Nicolas Jaar 
Lotus Plaza 
The Psychic Paramount 
Schoolboy Q
Sleigh Bells
Wild Flag 
Youth Lagoon 

Sunday, July 15:

A Lull 
Beach House 
Dirty Beaches 
The Field
King Krule 
Kendrick Lamar
The Men
Milk Music 
Thee Oh Sees 
Oneohtrix Point Never 
Real Estate 
Ty Segall 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra 
Vampire Weekend