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Animal Collective release new music video, schedule new 9:30 Club date, get Oriole Park love

August 5, 2013
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Animal Collective released a really weird — even by their standards — video for “Monkey Riches,” the latest single off the 2012 album Centipede Hz. It features a cruel old man who is also a rope charmer, rope monsters, a spinning diamond, and more. You can watch it in all its strange splendor here:...
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Animal Collective cancels July dates

July 11, 2013
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Animal Collective cancels July dates

 By Michael McGurk Though you might have seen them a month ago at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Animal Collective fans from Maine to Michigan will have to wait a little longer to catch the Baltimore-based experimental rock group. In a statement released today, band members Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear apologetically...
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Live Review: Animal Collective find comfort as headliners

June 12, 2013
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Live Review: Animal Collective find comfort as headliners

Over the years Animal Collective, the experimental pop group with Baltimore roots, has been something of a confounding live act. They would headline gigs and play material most of the audience had never heard, songs they were still developing. With the meteoric success of 2009′s Merriweather Post Pavilion and its 2012 follow-up, Centipede Hz,...
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Thoughts on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at Metro last night, plus two videos from the show

June 7, 2013
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Thoughts on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at Metro last night, plus two videos from the show

It started with blurt of guitar squall and a burst of drums without so much as an introduction. Thus began the first-ever show of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, a  trio comprised of Animal Collective’s Dave Portner (a.k.a. Avey Tare), former Dirty Projectors singer Angel Deradoorian, and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman. With Hyman’s ferocious...
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Bmore supergroup with members of Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, and Ponytail to play surprise Metro Gallery show tonight

June 6, 2013
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Bmore supergroup with members of Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, and Ponytail to play surprise Metro Gallery show tonight

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, the newest side project from Animal Collective’s Dave Portner, are playing a surprise show tonight at Metro Gallery. Not much is known about the group, which announced its formation in April and also includes Angel Deradoorian, formerly of Dirty Projectors, and Jeremy Hyman, formerly of Ponytail and the Dan Deacon...
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A list of songs by Baltimore artists tangentially related to Preakness

May 17, 2013
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This Saturday is the Preakness, and the InfieldFest this year features noted Bud Light spokesman Pitbull and those “Thrift Shop” dudes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as the headliners, which we’re not too psyched about. Especially since there are plenty of artists with Baltimore ties who have written songs that kinda, sorta relate to the...
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Animal Collective Releases Two New Songs, New Interactive Website

May 9, 2012
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Animal Collective Releases Two New Songs, New Interactive Website

Nearly a year ago, before a headlining gig at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Dave Portner and Brian Weitz of Animal Collective, the hugely successful indie band that first cut its teeth in Baltimore County, described their new material sounding like an alien band sampling material from Earth, such as radio signals beamed into space. On...
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Animal Collective Talks More About Returning to Maryland, Turning Pop, and Playing Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 8, 2011
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Animal Collective Talks More About Returning to Maryland, Turning Pop, and Playing Merriweather Post Pavilion

In this week’s cover story, we talked to Animal Collective members Brian Weitz and David Portner—aka Geologist and Avey Tare, respectively—about their recent return to Maryland to write new material following the huge success of their 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion. All four members spent January through March working in a converted barn on...
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Animal Collective Plays Merriweather Post Pavilion July 9

April 18, 2011
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Animal Collective Plays Merriweather Post Pavilion July 9

It’s actually going to happen. On July 9, the members of Animal Collective will take the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the very same venue whose name they appropriated for their 2009 electro-art-pop masterpiece. With guitarist Deakin back in the mix, and given the band’s propensity to focus on new material–material that they have...
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Q&A: Merriweather Post Pavillion Behind-The-Scenes With Ben H. Allen

January 15, 2009
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Q&A: Merriweather Post Pavillion Behind-The-Scenes With Ben H. Allen

| Image by Courtesy Ben H. Allen Record production work has ping ponged Ben Allen all over the world–from his native New Mexico to New York to the Bahamas to Georgia, where he now resides and runs a label, Make Records Not Bombs. Along the way, he has had a behind-the-decks hand in recordings...
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Animal Collective Fans Open Up Their Throats, Choke On A Rickroll

December 15, 2008
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Animal Collective Fans Open Up Their Throats, Choke On A Rickroll

Purported Merriweather Post Pavillion Cover Forget Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, Portishead’s Third, Dr. Dre’s Detox, Eminem’s Relapse. The first two have come and gone–finally–and who knows when the second two will actually see the light of day. Forget them all, because right now the bloggerati, critically inclined, and plebe-class masses are all atwitter...
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