The next ATP is moving from Monticello to the decidedly less esoteric shores of Asbury Park. Beyond a shorter commute and cheaper accommodations (read: free — I’m from the area and my parents still live there. Score!), this year’s fest, running September 30-October 2, also affords the rare chance to see Jeff Mangum. The reclusive head of Neutral Milk Hotel has only played a handful of shows since leaving the band in 1998, so I am rather stoked he is headlining the fest on Friday.
But even better is his stand-alone concert on September 3 at the nearby Paramount Theater. Tickets are only $35 for the solo show, saving you $215 on ATP passes and having to sit through Portishead two nights in a row. Tickets go on sale here tomorrow at 9:00am.