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Frantic City to supply full day of indie and punk music in Atlantic City

From left, James McNew, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo.

Long-lived indie-rockers Yo La Tengo — among the many progenitors of the fabled Hoboken music scene of the ’80s — will prime the invoice at Frantic City, an all-day pageant in Atlantic City bringing together a combine of indie, punk and post-punk on Sept. 24.

Another acquainted Hoboken name — promoter Todd Abramson, longtime booker and onetime co-owner of Maxwell’s — curated the festival along side Joe Koukos (of Holdfast Asbury Park) and the Orange Loop Amphitheater (or OLA), which is hosting the out of doors occasion. Bands will alternate on two levels, keeping downtime to a minimum and permitting 11 acts to perform between midday and 10 p.m.

Fans of guitar rock in all of its many permutations can wallow in partitions of distortion and suggestions from a invoice that features Jersey punk rock favorites Titus Andronicus and The Bouncing Souls, Detroit post-punk rockers Protomartyr (with particular visitor Kelley Deal of The Breeders), reunited Berkeley, Calif. punks Samiam, Chapel Hill, N.C. indie-rock legends Superchunk, Seattle post-grunge rockers Murder City Devils, veteran San Diego rock ‘n’ rollers Rocket From the Crypt, and garage-punk from Oakland, Calif.’s Shannon & the Clams.

Newer bands on the invoice embrace Snail Mail, the project of 23-year old guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan, and the Philly post-punk trio Control Top. (Car Seat Headrest originally was scheduled to headline however dropped off the invoice for personal reasons.) Actor, comedian and musician Fred Armisen, of “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia” fame, will host.

The competition may even characteristic native vendors promoting records, art and clothes; a merch concierge; and even axe throwing.

“My companion Joe from Holdfast Records was involved with the people from (the restaurant) Bourré, which is correct across the road from the Orange Loop Amphitheater,” Abramson mentioned. “The similar people personal each businesses and so they had been actually enthusiastic about doing a music pageant. They additionally owned a bunch of companies in Asbury Park and so they saw how music venues and festivals helped revitalize that metropolis, so they’re hoping the identical can ultimately be true for Atlantic City.”

Abramson famous that the competition includes quite a few bands he’s labored with earlier than — in fact, a majority played Maxwell’s on quite a few occasions — with the concept of interesting to an indie rock audience.


Lindsey Jordan, who performs beneath the identify Snail Mail.

“If you try to attraction to everyone, you wind up appealing to no one,” he mentioned. “But I do suppose it’s properly curated in occasions of high quality. For occasion, Rocket From the Crypt and Murder City Devils enchantment to a certain demographic, however then you have Snail Mail. We’ve heard from varied people who have mentioned issues like, ‘I really want to see Rocket From the Crypt but my girlfriend wants to see Snail Mail, so it’s excellent.’ ”

Vegan and non-vegan meals choices shall be out there, and the large variety of distributors will help create an environment just like the old Warped Tour. When asked for the contingency plan in case of rain, Abramson replied curtly, “It’s not going to rain.”

For Yo La Tengo, enjoying a vacation spot competition is probably not new, however with a songbook that features hundreds of songs, it does present a problem. The band has sustained an extended profession without the sort of chart-topping hits that make up many festival bands’ set lists.

“I truly assume that’s fortunate for us,” stated singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan. “We don’t have that one music that folks begin pelting the stage with garbage if they don’t hear. So consequently, even the songs that we understand as our hottest usually are not songs we do each present, under any circumstances. So we’ve never come close to getting tired of taking part in any of them.”

Kaplan added that there may be a half dozen songs that rank as all-time fan favorites, “and we do try to ensure we do a few them,” he mentioned. “In that sense, a competition isn’t any totally different than a concert where persons are coming just to see us.

“I assume we’re always drawn to those songs that folks come to hear to, but we’re always motivated by one thing I’ve mentioned myself so many occasions: I would quite miss the one track I really needed to pay attention to if I get to listen to something that I by no means thought the band would ever play. That’s a little exhausting to do at a festival, so we do attempt to be more conservative in our selections.”

One thing Yo La Tengo fans will need to hear is an announcement concerning the band’s potential 2022 “Eight Days of Hanukkah” concert events. In a convention begun at Maxwell’s, the band curates eight nights of often astounding friends, including bands and sometimes well-known comedians.

“It’s such a huge endeavor that we by no means absolutely commit to it till we now have to,” Kaplan said. “When other folks ask us, ‘Okay, which method is it going?,’ then we’ll make up our mind. I will say that we all the time lean towards doing it however we’ve not needed to say thumbs up or thumbs down for this 12 months simply yet.”


For Frantic City tickets and data, visit franticcitynj.com.

Here are the set times:

Noon: Control Top
1:25 p.m.: Protomartyr
2:55 p.m.: Superchunk
4:45 p.m.: Shannon & the Clams
6:45 p.m.: Rocket From the Crypt
9 p.m.: Yo La Tengo

12:40 p.m.:
Titus Andronicus
2:10 p.m.: Samiam
3:50 p.m.: Murder City Devils
5:40 p.m.: The Bouncing Souls
7:50 p.m.: Snail Mail

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