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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Animal Collective Got Trippy at the Fox

Live Review: Animal Collective Got Trippy at the Fox

Animal Collective with RATKING March 7, 2016 The Fox Theater, Oakland If drugs aren’t your thing – perhaps that phase is over for you or they were something you were never into in the first place – the good…
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Music, All Shook Down Animal Collective's 10 Weirdest Music Videos — Because How Could We Resist?

Animal Collective's 10 Weirdest Music Videos — Because How Could We Resist?

Trying to find the weirdest Animal Collective videos is in essence an exercise in futility. Dating back to "Who Could Win a Rabbit," the band's 2004 video for the single off Sung Tongs, the band has made a point…
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Music, All Shook Down Animal Collective Member, Panda Bear, Plays The Independent Tomorrow

Animal Collective Member, Panda Bear, Plays The Independent Tomorrow

Ahead of his European and US tour, Animal Collective member Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), released a strangely gorgeous music video for the blissful anti-ballad, "Tropic of Cancer." The video is a disturbingly whimsical visual work that was directed by…
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Music, Hear This Panda Bear: Show Preview

Panda Bear: Show Preview

It's generally understood that the Bay Area is a forceful creative cultivator, but when, in 2011, Baltimore's Animal Collective blocked out three rehearsal days at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma to write new material following up its hugely successful album…
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Music, All Shook Down Animal Collective's Deakin and Geologist Talk Miscommunication and Trust Within the Band

Animal Collective's Deakin and Geologist Talk Miscommunication and Trust Within the Band

For this week's print feature on Animal Collective, I spoke separately with Brian Weitz (a.k.a. "Geologist") and Josh Dibb ("Deakin"). Both were generous with their time and it was about half-way through the second interview, with Dibb, that I noticed…
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Music, Animal Collective Faces the Strange

Animal Collective Faces the Strange

A long time ago — the early 2000s — Animal Collective was pegged as one of a handful of new bands making music both beautiful and weird. But what's "weird," anyway? What does it mean to call a record —…
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Gonzo Guide to Florida The sunshine state can't be all bad; maybe the good is just excluded: Wow, maybe a little harsh — although Michael E. Miller's frustration is understandable, perhaps not everyone in Florida is all bad ["Fear and…
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Music, All Shook Down Animal Collective's <i>Centipede Hz</i>: A First Listen

Animal Collective's Centipede Hz: A First Listen

I'm not an Animal Collective fan. I like Strawberry Jam a lot, and I cherish a few individual songs elsewhere, particularly "Summertime Clothes" (not least because it sounds just like the theme from Snoopy Come Home, which I loved as…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: PJ Harvey's Strange Headwear, Shannon & the Clams' Clothing Advice, Rad Female DJs, and More

Music Links: PJ Harvey's Strange Headwear, Shannon & the Clams' Clothing Advice, Rad Female DJs, and More

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Music, All Shook Down The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

Don't want to travel south for the three-day festival of the sunburn? Well, fine: Most of the biggest and best draws at Coachella are hitting the Bay Area over the next few weeks anyway. Here's a guide to whom to…
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Music, All Shook Down Animal Collective's Henry Miller Library Show Moved to Santa Cruz; More Tix Onsale Thursday

Animal Collective's Henry Miller Library Show Moved to Santa Cruz; More Tix Onsale Thursday

Mother Nature, you are a saucy bitch. First, you offer us a sweet place like Big Sur's Henry Miller Library to have shows. The place books a concert for the beloved weirdo band Animal Collective, whose performance next week at…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Blake Schwarzenbach's new band, Forgetters, played Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, reminding us of the glorious days of his band Jawbreaker, a bright, short-lived light on the '90s S.F. punk scene. • Coachella sold out, meaning you…
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Music, All Shook Down Coachella Runoff: Animal Collective Plays Great American Music Hall This April (Updated)

Coachella Runoff: Animal Collective Plays Great American Music Hall This April (Updated)

All behold the glorious largesse of Fauxchella! When many among the massive onslaught of bands coming to the Golden State for that sweaty confab down south spread the love to we cold-weather-preferring hippies of Nor-Cal! Thus heaping yet another…
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Music, BeatBox Pantha Du Prince: Show Preview

Pantha Du Prince: Show Preview

German electronic music producer Hendrik Weber's work as Pantha Du Prince inhabits immense artistic spaces filled with brittle and translucent sounds. Like an audio version of Alexander Calder's mobile sculptures, glockenspiels, bells, triangles and other metallic sounds spin and drift…
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Music, Hear This Panda Bear: Show Preview

Panda Bear: Show Preview

Now a first cause for almost as many useless D.I.Y. imitators as Nirvana, Animal Collective is overrated yet impossible to dismiss. Every time the mania seems ready to die down, the band ensnares fans anew with a song like "Peacebone"…
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Music, All Shook Down Chicago Critic's Pitchfork Dis Gets the Blogosphere Steaming

Chicago Critic's Pitchfork Dis Gets the Blogosphere Steaming

Just when it seemed cool to hate the taste-making music site Pitchfork, one critic went and ripped the site (and its music festival in Chicago this past weekend) a good one. So how did indie-loving blogs and blog readers respond…
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Music, Pink Inside

Pink Inside

"My rent is $1,100, not including utilities." Animal Collective may have famously boasted of wanting "four walls and adobe slabs" for its members' daughters, but it's that outfit's longtime associate, Ariel Pink, who will straight-up tell you what he pays…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Animal Collective: live from Big Sur

Animal Collective: live from Big Sur

There wasn't a couple getting hitched, but Animal Collective's show in Big Sur last week felt more like a hippie wedding than a concert. There was just something celebratory, reverential, and forever memorable about the setting and the intimacy of…
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Music, Hear This Animal Collective

Animal Collective

Animal Collective makes sound behave in a multiplicity of ways, simultaneously. The band doesn't write "songs" as much as it crafts ecstatic moods and colorful musical textures. Given this proclivity for the conceptual, it's striking how cohesive its material ends…
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Music, All Shook Down Om Records Turns Fifteen

Om Records Turns Fifteen

While numerous other local labels have fallen by the wayside, Om Records keeps going, like the Energizer Bunny on Ketamine. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the SF label which made downtempo chill-out, mushroom jazz, and lounge-house part…
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