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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

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

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

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

Review: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective began as a band of fringe weirdos, but over time they've dropped the freak from their folk.
Domino (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 06, 2009

Three out of four ain't good

But that wasn’t enough to offset the incessant, atonal rave-like loops that just kept coming in wave after abrasive wave.
Animal Collective, Avalon, September 5, 2007
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 10, 2007

Paw tracking

The collective discography of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin includes material recorded by different permutations under various names, live albums, solo projects, side projects, and collaborations.
Animal Collective's discography
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 15, 2006

Brash menagerie

“When we’re making a new record, we always think we’re going to have this backlash because it sounds different [from our last one],” says Animal Collective’s Dave Portner (a/k/a Avey Tare) when I reach him at his Brooklyn apartment.
Animal Collective’s plan for world domination  
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 15, 2006