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Rock, Relaxation Reign At All Tomorrow’s Parties

Extreme sounds echoed through the halls of Kutsher’s Country Resort during the second day of New York’s premiere All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. From early afternoon to late in the evening, an eclectic lineup of 16 bands — ranging from German laptop wizards to New England noise terrorists — performed for the 2,700 guests assembled at the cozy vacation spot in Monticello, N.Y.

ATP’s main stage, located in a galaxy-themed concert space inside the resort, played host to the harder-edged artists of the day. Exalted indie musician/producer Steve Albini took a break from running the event’s card room to play a crunchy set with his Chicago-based band Shellac, while Recently reunited ’90s faves Polvo delivered a powerful mid-day set of angular guitar grooves such as “Celebrate the New Dark Age.”

Brooklyn’s Les Savy Fav turned the space into an all-out party during its sweaty, high-energy set, which ended with hundreds of fans dancing onstage with the vivacious group. Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt closed the night by literally performing in the middle of a mosh pit — the band set up its gear in the audience and pounded fans with a brash, distortion-drenched sound well past 1 a.m.

Things were a bit more tranquil on ATP’s second stage. Minnesota trio Low lulled the crowd with a blissful set of mellow, minimal tunes, while bass-and-drums duo Om laced heavy vibes through a mystical, Druid-rock sound. Krautrock trio Harmonia hypnotized fans with experimental electronic soundscapes, while Canadian quintet Thee Silver Mount Zion Orchestra concluded the evening with a collection of epic orchestrated rock songs.

While the music is ATP’s obvious draw, its quaint, unique location has provided the event an easy-going summer camp vibe. When not checking out the bands, festival-goers could be found across Kutsher’s expansive grounds enjoying rowboat rides on the lake, playing rounds of golf, challenging strangers to games of table tennis, floating in the indoor pool, competing in indie-rock trivia or hitting the dancefloor at one of Kutsher’s on-site bars, which features DJs all day long.

The event wraps up today (Sept. 21) with a bill curated by legendary shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine, playing its first U.S. show in 16 years. A wide array of influential indie artists, including Dinosaur Jr., Mogwai, Bob Mould, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Yo La Tengo, are also scheduled to perform.