By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Barrow is working on a project called Quakers with his longtime engineer Fraser Stuart and Australian producer Katalyst. The hip-hop album will star "like 35 MCs or something," most of whom Barrow discovered on long nights drinking wine and perusing MySpace. But this weekend, he might reunite with Public Enemy's Chuck D, who in 2008 performed an onstage freestyle over the band's minimalist Mantronix robo-nightmare "Machine Gun" at Barcelona's Primavera Festival. "If we don't do it," Barrow says, "it's because I'm too nervous."
His band might get phone calls to put together entire festival lineups, but Barrow remains humbled by working with his heroes. "Honestly, it's amazing. I'm that breakdancing kid who's punching the air with excitement," he says. He does have a bit of bravado, though. "When you're younger, and you're putting music together, it can be a bit of a cockfight with other bands—the kids who got all the trainers and the right MPC. But RZA sampled me, so fuck off."
The I'll Be Your Mirror Festival runs from September 30 to October 2 in various venues around Asbury Park; Portishead play the Hammerstein Ballroom October 4 and 5