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Animal Collective brace for success

"It seems like a challenge to make something that you have to pay a lot of attention to," says Josh Dibbs.

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 01, 2013

Animal Collective | Centipe de Hz

Animal Collective deserve credit for not doing what most artists in their position would do right about now — namely, get reactionary.
Domino (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 31, 2012
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Panda Bear | Tomboy

Tomboy , Noah Lennox a/k/a Panda Bear's third studio album, kicks off with "You Can Count on Me," a slab of intoxicating psychedelia that's quintessentially Panda Bear, from the gorgeous choir-boy vocal harmonies (enunciated to crisp perfection) to the
Paw Tracks (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  April 15, 2011

Braids | Native Speaker

Kanine Records (2011)
Kanine Records (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 01, 2011

Review: Avey Tare | Down There

It's a credit to Avey Tare that his debut solo album feels like a very natural extension of Animal Collective's overarching brand of psychedelia.
Paw Tracks (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 29, 2010

Animal Collective's "Oddsac" out on DVD, today!

Animal Collective fans (and fans of all that is acid-laced, mind-bending and vaguely unsettling) rejoice! "Oddsac" (a title that conjures up images of a deformed...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 10, 2010


Hot freaks

Los Angeles is the land of the freaks — from subversive ones like Lindsay Lohan to out-and-out horror shows like Kim Fowley.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti leave home
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 23, 2010

Contemporary heart

Music is really just a form of time, so it makes sense that our many musics represent the many different ways we wrangle with this irritatingly linear mortal coil.
Yeasayer and Sleigh Bells open the present
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2010

Lightspeed Champion | Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You!

Devonté Hynes first appeared as a member of the joky UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles.
Domino (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 05, 2010

Review: El Perro Del Mar at the Brattle

Sharing a bill, a backing band, and the cramped stage of the Brattle Theatre last Friday, two Swedish singer-songwriters turned it up to the world-music equivalent of 11 for an audience that, for the most part, refused to dance.
El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees, live at the Brattle Theatre, February 19, 2010
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 26, 2010

Ride that wave

Like a killer wave or a lousy metaphor, success can really sneak up on you.
Are Surfer Blood the only band from Florida?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010


The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 15, 2010

Is 2010 the Year of the Girl?

Many have argued that the descriptor "indie music" means nothing more or less than "bands Pitchfork reviews" these days, and the claim was never more true than last year
Music of the Future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 08, 2010

2009: Year in national pop

These days, it's not so easy to feel useful as a music critic.
The cocky and the cock-blocked
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 25, 2009

Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind

This nifty little five-track postscript to January's celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion demonstrates further how adept the members of Animal Collective have become at deploying their bottomless bag of electro-psych tricks in the service of songs.
Domino (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 18, 2009

Newport’s rock royalty

If 75orLess Records CEO (and Six Star General bassist) Mark MacDougall decided to host an East Bay Desert Sessions, the diePods would be the 3 am headliner.
The diePods — straight outta the City by the Sea
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 23, 2009


Privacy policy

When last we left Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, it was November of 2008, and he was ready to put that year to bed. A couple of months earlier, an eager fan downloading one of Cox's many "virtual seven-inches" had sleuthed out a whole Mediafire folder full
Atlas Sound shines through on Logos
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 16, 2009

Taken By Trees | East of Eden

Truth be told, I get a little crumply whenever I hear of Western indie types going off on East-bound inspirational jaunts.
Rough Trade (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2009

Glorious bastards

Few bands could serve as a better case study on the influence of Internet hype on mainstream media and popular acceptance than Deerhunter. Before the band "broke" in early 2007, to a glowing Pitchfork review of their album Cryptograms , the Atlanta fo
Deerhunter's path from divisive buzz band to indie royalty
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 04, 2009

Best Music Poll 2009: Anything goes

The underground: saved, salvaged, or savaged?
The underground: saved, salvaged, or savaged?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 31, 2009
New Atlas Sound featuring Panda Bear, "Walkabout"

New Atlas Sound featuring Panda Bear, "Walkabout"

Remember when Bradford Cox had that freakout after someone found the rough sketches of the next Atlas Sound album on an unguarded Mediafire account? He...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 21, 2009


Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

Local color

It's become a commonplace to say that "indie" is too vague to mean anything useful, but that's not actually true.
Grizzly Bear try to break out of the blogosphere
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009

VIDEO: Animal Collective at House of Blues

We'll have more on last night's Animal Collective performance at the HoBo coming soon, but to tide y...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 15, 2009

Photos: Animal Collective at House of Blues (2009)

Animal Collective + Grouper | May 14, 2009 | House of Blues, Boston
Animal Collective + Grouper | May 14, 2009 | House of Blues, Boston
By MATT TEUTEN  |  May 15, 2009

Are Animal Collective a jam band?

Animal Collective are the next logical iteration of the jam band. Yes. Yes they are. Not arguing. Telling. If this upsets you as an out-and-proud hip person, or if you’re right now clutching your seashell necklace in horror at the thought, I know: this i
Review: Animal Collective, May 14 at House of Blues, Boston
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009


The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009
NPR is streaming Animal Collective

NPR is streaming Animal Collective

 To get yourself excited for this Thursday's Animal Collective show at the HoB-Bo, you can list...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 12, 2009
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If Animal Collective’s music video for “My Girls” has flickered past your retinas lately, you know how aptly this animated hallucination encapsulates the band. In...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 06, 2009

Animal Collective at the House of Blues

THURSDAY, MAY 14 The members of Animal Collective have said they have a hard time describing thei...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  May 04, 2009