Since its birth in 1999 and its across-the-pond, American debut in 2002, All Tomorrow’s Parties has become a second Christmas, saved in the Google calendars of music fans across the country. This year, the artist-curated festival travels up the Garden State Parkway from last year’s location, Asbury Park, to Manhattan’s Pier 36, where it will be making its New York City debut with Greg Dulli in charge of booking. Friday, he’s got Frank Ocean, Philip Glass, Lee Ranaldo, Janeane Garofalo, and Hannibal Burress all set to perform, and on Saturday, his own Afghan Whigs headline a bill that includes The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan, Emeralds, and the Antlers. Sunday, finally, features Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees, Braids, and Jonathan Toubin—so pace yourself accordingly.

Fri., Sept. 21; Sat., Sept. 22; Sun., Sept. 23, 2012