The New Jersey shore is a beach hotspot in the summer, but by the time the I'll Be Your Mirror edition of All Tomorrow's Parties commenced in Asbury Park over the weekend, both the sky and ocean were as gray and forbidding as the southwest coast of England, home of the festival's guest curators Portishead. A half hour after SPIN arrived, the skies opened up, drenching queued fans, soaking the dilapidated brick façade of the Paramount Theater and Convention Center, and curling the slat edges of the Boardwalk. It was perfect Portishead weather, for sure.
Thankfully, after the Friday downpour, the rains withdrew for most of Saturday and Sunday, and another adventurous, multi-faceted festival took place. Here, we rank the best shows of the three-day weekend. Greetings from Asbury Park, indeed.
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