Entries tagged with: Animal Collective
Animal Collective @ Bowery Ballroom (more by J Caldwell)
As someone pointed out, Animal Collective is one of the artists playing the Celebrate Brooklyn series of concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn this summer. It's not a free show though. $30 tickets for the August 14th show go on sale Wednesday at noon, but are on "venue presale" NOW (password?).
TV on the Radio, M Ward and others are playing shows in Central Park this summer.
Animal Collective is also playing Terminal 5 in May, and many other places.
Pissed Jeans @ Market Hotel (more by Edwina Hay)
today in NYC
* Levon Helm @ Beacon Theater
* Reigning Sound @ Southpaw
* Gil Mantera's Party Dream @ Europa
* The Bird & The Bee @ the Bell House
* Wallpaper @ the studio @ Webster Hall
* Los Amigos Invisibles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dropkick Murphys & H2O @ Roseland Ballroom
* Pissed Jeans, Arboretum & Coconuts @ Union Pool
* Pete and J, The XYZ Affair & Young Galaxy @ MHOW
* Tindersticks & Dawn Landes @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Pentagram, Priestess & The Devil's Blood @ Webster Hall
* Handsome Furs, Iran & Hundred In The Hands @ Mercury Lounge
* Your Nature (formerly Frankpollis), Paper & Zazen Boys @ Cake Shop
* Dan Friel, Real Estate, Boogie Boarder, Frat Dad & Haunted Houses @ the Jackson
Reigning Sound are also playing Maxwell's Sunday.
Pissed Jeans are also playing Market Hotel on April 17th.
Arboretum is also playing Carnegie Hall on June 11th.
The Bird and the Bee are also playing Carnegie Hall on Saturday.
A new episode of Breakfast at Sulimays! Ann, Joe, and Bill review Animal Collective and Young Jeezy in the video below...
Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.
Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM
Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...
Lucero @ Terminal 5 Friday night (more by Mike Lerner)
Underground Lounge is located 955 West End Ave @ 107th St in Morningside Heights. The WAVVES show starts at 2PM.
Kanye West has been blogging about a lot of 'indie' music (and comedy) lately. There was the recent Aziz Ansari post, and the exclusive new Peter Bjorn and John track he posted. Kanye's other recent likes include TV on the Radio's David Bowie cover, Bon Iver covering Feist, Friendly Fires, Francis and the Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LAND OF TALK.
Antony was just on NPR.
Little Boots played Studio B last night. Video below...
Ratatat @ Terminal 5 in September (more by Leia Jospe)
Evan Mast, or E*vax, is an electronic music artist. He and his brother E*rock run the Audio Dregs record label. His first album, Parking Lot Music, was released on 04 April 2001. Mast's music is minimalist, using everyday sounds samples to create simple electronic beats. E*vax is half of Ratatat, a New York based indie/electronic band. He has released 7-inch singles on Static Caravan and Mold Recordings, along with Shudder To Think singer Craig Wedren. Evan used to work at Upoc. [Wikipedia]Animal Collective remixed Ratatat's song "Mirando". You can find the track on the b-side of a new Mirando 12" vinyl-only single that was released by XL Recordings this week.
Ratatat have some west coast dates lined in March and April, and Ratatat are playing Terminal 5 in NYC (again) on April 21st. Tickets for the east coast show go on Am Ex presale today at noon and then regular sale Friday.
Animal Collective are also doing some touring. All Ratatat dates, and some videos, below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
If you're still recovering from December 31, there's no need to worry about having to do it all over again. The Chinese New Year celebration for the Year of the Ox -- which begins on [Monday] January 26, 2009 (year 4707 on the Chinese calendar) -- is more laid-back than the usual Dick Clark spectacle...today in NYC
New York: January 26, February 1. More than 400,000 fireworks will rain down over Manhattan's Roosevelt Park on January 26, while a parade is slated for February 1. On that day, some 500,000 spectators will watch martial arts performances, traditional dancers from Mexico and Bolivia and live bands playing from decorated floats -- all while a continual burst of confetti poppers fills the streets with brightly colored paper. The January 31 parade in Flushing, Queens, brings together all of that borough's East Asian groups, and Brooklyn's 8th Avenue Chinatown hosts the most homegrown parade in New York, with the whole neighborhood taking to the streets in celebration. [CNN]
* Mos Def @ Blue Note
* The Killers & M83 @ MSG
* Thomas Function @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman and friends @ Union Hall
* Sam McPheeters (spoken word) & Golden Error @ Cake Shop
* Notorious MSG, Peelander Z, Beluga & Gelatine @ Santos Party House
Notorious (B.I.G.) is in theaters.
Terry Chimes of the Clash was born today in 1955.
Andy Cox of The Beat was born today in 1956.
Ox Baker was most feared for his dreaded Heart Punch.
Animal Collective's official video for "My Girls", below...
photos by J Caldwell
Since our last Bowery post, J Caldwell wrote in with some more pictures of the show. More of them below...
Based on seeing them a few times before, I've always been on the side of "Animal Collective sucks live". After giving them another chance at Bowery Ballroom last night (1/21), I am now officially a convert. Animal Collective DID NOT suck live, as Big Perm agreed with (above), and as Nick expressed about the show they played at Grand Ballroom farther uptown one night earlier.
Opening act was pure crap. (crying baby sample for like 10 minutes?? izawack!)
AC was sick!
Crowd was lively.
Smoking was quasi allowed...and appreciated.
Great show overall! [Big Perm]
I agree with my friend who said they could have played longer, and with my friend who said they could have played more energetic songs in the encore because the crowd was ready and full of energy, but I also have no complaints and the encore may have been my favorite part. The harmonizing during the reworked version of Winter's Love which went right into the show-closing Panda Bear track Comfy in Nautica, all being performed loud over the great Bowery sound system was just so good. Full setlist below...
Animal Collective @ Grand Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Chief @ Mercury Lounge
* Previously on Lost @ The Bell House
* Mickey Factz & Theophilus London @ SOB's
* Doug Gillard, Unsacred Hearts, Arrows & Nights @ Pianos
* Animal Collective, Drawlings @ Bowery Ballroom
* Spectre Folk, MV & EE, Kurt Vile @ Monster Island Basement
* Cubic Zirconia, Michna (w/ Raw Paw) @ The Studio at Webster Hal
* Colourmusic, Hockey, David Karsten Daniels @ Union Hall
* Yoni Gordon & The Goods, Franz Nicolay, Emilyn Brodsky, Cowgirl
* Laurie Anderson, Brightblack Morning Light, Dirty Projectors and friends @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
Tonight is Cubic Zirconia's first show. The new band features Tiombe Lockhart on vocals.
Kanye West performed at the Obama Youth Ball yesterday. In an interview with CNN at the event, he called George Bush "a human being". Video below...
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Nick Masi
Dave Portner: There have definitely been other times when we want people to understand we're just normal guys. We're not these weirdoes that a lot of people pin us down as trying to be. It's been, in that way, important for us to talk to our fans and meet people. That takes away from the mystery, I guess. But it's important to have an understanding when you feel like you're stepping over the boundaries that we've set. I think there are still certain things about our records, or the music-making process, that we really don't care for people to know. Like, certain technical things. We're not so into having photos of us taken in a studio, or anybody coming when we're working in the studio, because there's a side of it that's really personal to us and just between us. [a recent Pitchfork interview]Animal Collective celebrated the release of their highly-acclaimed new album Merriweather Post Pavilion with a show at Grand Ballroom last night (1/20/09). It was their first of two smaller NYC shows. The second is today at Bowery Ballroom. Then they're back to play the much larger Terminal 5 in May.
Tickets for the sold out show were in demand, but the general admission room wasn't uncomfortably packed. The crowd was young. It was an early night - I was back on the street before 11PM.
After an opening set by Blues Control, Animal Collective kicked the set off with MPP's opening track "In the Flowers," and from there they played a nice mixture of songs - old and new. The crowd went nuts for "My Girls," "Brother Sport" and the now classic "Fireworks." The setlist didn't include all of MPP (no "Bluish" "Taste," "Also Frightened", or "No More Runnin"). Maybe they'll finish it off on night two. The show could have been louder, but that got better by the end, most noticeably during a a crazy version of the bass-heavy, show-closing, "Slippi". All in all I wasn't disappointed, but they left the door open for tonight to be even better.
More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - My Girls (Mexicans with Guns Remix) (MP3)
"We were really pulling for Panda Bear and crew. When I wrote last week that Animal Collective might make it onto the Billboard 200 charts this week based on the first-week sales of the vinyl edition of their Merriweather Post Pavilion album, the underdog quality of that potential feat was kind of exciting ... and subversive.Today is January 20th. Obama is about to become president. Merriweather Post Pavilion is out. Hipster Runoff will now say a few words.
But, alas, despite selling out all 4,500 copies of the first run of Pavilion almost instantly across North America, with so many of those sales happening in indie shops that don't report to Nielsen SoundScan, the scrappy sonic experimentalists just didn't make the cut.
According to next week's Billboard albums chart, Pavilion officially moved 1,500 copies, which put them just outside the big game, even in this moribund time of year when the majority of the albums in the top 200 saw double-digit sales dips. Had they been able to scare up another 1,000 official sales, they might have sneaked in above the likes of former "American Idol" Kellie Pickler, Lifehouse, OneRepublic and Framing Hanley, all of whom sold in the 2,400 realm, which was enough to sneak them onto the bottom of the charts.
Better luck next week, when Pavilion is officially released on January 20, with a good chance to score an old-fashioned chart debut thanks to the flood of already rapturous reviews it's received as one of the best albums of the year so far." [MTV]
Animal Collective will play the Grand Ballroom in NYC tonight. They will also play the even smaller Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Those in attendance should feel lucky because Animal Collective's next scheduled NYC show after that is now May 13th at Terminal 5. All tour dates below...
The first big music release date of the year offers a bonanza of indie rock albums. The CD release of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been garnering most of the press, but A.C. Newman's Get Guilty, Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, and Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP have all been greatly anticipated and have mostly lived up to their hype.
Other releases I have heard and can recommend include Anya Marina's Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II, Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light In The West, Matt & Kim's Grand, MV & EE's Drone Trailer, Six Organs of Admittance's RTZ, and Will Sheff & Charles Bissell's split 7" Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - My Girls (Dave Wrangler remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: frankie knuckles x animal collective - your love my girls (MP3) (via)
Merriweather Post Pavilion record (craigowaffles)
The album the Chicago Tribune and Stereogum.com have already dubbed one of the best of the week-old year, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, could make some serious news next week when the Nielsen SoundScan numbers come out.You can grab Dave Wrangler's new remix of "My Girls" above...
Why? The album, which won't get released on CD until January 20, dropped on January 6 in a deluxe double-LP 180-gram gatefold vinyl format accompanied by a full album download. And thanks to a series of listening parties across the country, it just might break into the albums chart next week, thanks to vinyl sales only. [MTV]
update: and/or download the much better Frankie Knuckles mashup too...,
[12:26] TheBeard4904: yeah, i think radiohead is an interesting comparison...in [Flavorwire's] review, we said that this record is animal collective's bid to take things to a radiohead-like level...this sort of class of acceptable weirdo groups that are allowed into the mainstream, people like bjork, radiohead, beck...do you think that's an overreach?That's a segment from an interview with the AC-reviewer Mark Richardson. As already discussed, the album is out (on vinyl) and he (Pitchfork) gave it a 9.6. Did you get a copy?
[12:28] Mark_Pitchfork-666: that is something I have wondered about with this one, whether it will cross over to people who don't follow music as closely...my initial thought is that I'm a little bit skeptical of it happening, because there are still a lot of things about A.C. that are pretty strange...one thing with Radiohead, is that every album had least a few tunes that could fairly be described as "rock songs." you could tell what all the instruments were, there are guitars, etc., but that's not really true with this record.
You can listen to "My Girls" in the video below...
Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion is out on vinyl this Tuesday January 6th. Listening parties will be held the same day in many different locations around the country. NYC's is at Other Music who say, "We're throwing a listening party in the shop that night from 6 to 8PM, with free pizza and beverages, plus raffles and give-aways galore. See you Tuesday!" Pitchfork returned from vactation today and gave the album a 9.6.
Tour dates HERE.
photos by Lori Baily
Many predicted that Deerhunter would get Pitchfork's #1 album of 2008, but in fact they gave it to Fleet Foxes. Bradford Cox should still be happy with both Deerhunter at #5 and Atlas Sound at #26 though. Speaking of Bradford Cox, he blogged this...
Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz [Geologist of Animal Collective]. This was sent out via the bands email earlier this morning:Previously there was whole Web Sheriff / Grizzly Bear thing. It was also announed that the album is coming out early on vinyl. It better be good!
"it has come to my attention that 2 full length tracks off of our upcoming album, merriweather post pavilion have surfaced online. david, noah, and I please ask that someone assist us and leak all of the remaining tracks on the album.
the album is intended to be heard as a whole, and nothing bothers us more than individual tracks leaking and ruining the the overall album experience
Total Bullshit. Someone actually had the nerve to hack into their e-mail account and send this out. The truth is that AC do not want their album to leak and are trying very hard to avoid the drama around said album that has risen to a fever pitch.
I am not trying to involve myself in AC's business, I am just voicing my own independent opinion.
Back in the 90's when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes I had a game where I would make a fake version of an album I was anticipating. If Pavement's Brighten the Corners were coming out soon, I had to wait till release day to hear it. I would record a set of songs that I would want the Pavement album to sound like. Some of those songs ended up becoming Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs years later.
My advice to those who are so desperate for AC's album to leak is to pick up instruments and make your own version of what you would want it to sound like. Respect the BANDS wishes and wait till release day. Then you can compare your new songs with theirs. Who knows. Maybe your album will be the one people are wanting to leak next year. -Bradford
The pictures in this post were taken at the Stereogum Gummy Awards at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month. More of them below...
Animal Collective's 9th full-length album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, will be released early on deluxe 2xLP 180-gram gatefold vinyl with full album download card (WAV or MP3) January 6th 2009, on Domino Records in North America. The CD & digital release date will remain January 20th (Jan. 12 UK/Europe).The current list of cities and hosts is below...
To coincide with the early vinyl release will be a series of release/listening parties across the country in conjunction with Terrorbird Media, Domino, record stores, blogs and college radio stations. The release parties will take place at record stores or venues the week of the vinyl release and will feature pre-orders, Animal Collective listing party exclusive goodies including giant posters and download cards, ticket giveaways and grand prize giveaways of 'The Domino Years' prize packs. Every party will be a little different, and information on the specifics of each party will be available on the host's website.
State Magazine: What do you make of the whole album leakage scenario with Web Sheriff policing your album?I can try to be funny here and point out that I just wrote about it again, or I can be serious and say I think this is actually interesting and indie-rock-silly-web-sheriff-anticipated-album-leaks-blogs-Brooklyn-bands-with-animal-names-etc newsworthy.
Avey Tare of Animal Collective: I obviously think it's a bummer for the fact that [the French magazine who first leaked the track 'Brother Sport'] would leak one of our tracks or do that kind of thing because I feel like more often than not, we're so willing to comply with certain requirements that magazines have, doing things that are almost a little bit hard for us to organise like special photoshoots and stuff like that. It feels like you're kinda being taken advantage of when you put all this work into something and you're doing this for somebody else and they go behind your back almost and do that kind of thing. It doesn't bother to me that's its out on the web.
Have you met Ed from Grizzly Bear? It was quite a silly situation he was in a few weeks back?
I've met Ed a couple of times and he's a really nice guy. None of that stuff came from us personally.
But it is a representation of your band..
Totally and to look like we have no idea what's going on is a little bit unfortunate. To attack people that just kind of enjoy the music. I think that's kind of a shame but at the same time, the [French] magazine was also reprimanded. Once it's out there there's not a lot you can do. I find it a little intense and almost tabloid-esque that it becomes so newsworthy at this point. I think that blogs or websites like Pitchfork have to take it to that level where it becomes this like they have nothing better to write about. I think it's a little unfortunate.
Animal Collective's January 20th show at Grand Ballroom is sold out, and they just added a new one, one day later, at the more intimate Bowery Ballroom. Tickets went on sale tonight. One catch: you need a password to get your (max) 2 tickets.
January 20th is the day AC's new album Merriweather Post Pavilion is released on Domino Records. The cover art, tracklist, and all tour dates below...
Suicide @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
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TBCAs previously reported, ATP NY is returning to Kutscher's in upstate NY in 2009, but note the new dates. They originally said the fest would happen Labor Day weekend, but are now listing it as one week later. Tickets are already on sale. (thx Tye)
Atlas Sound doesn't have any upcoming shows, but Bradford Cox is playing with Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg on that same night (12/8).
Suicide are playing Europa on December 11th.
Anti-Pop Consortium are taking over Knitting Factory in NYC on December 12th.
Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN w/ very special guests Bomb Squad (Hank & Keith Shocklee), Dragons of Zynth & Chin Chin; Sugar Shack Burlesque in the Tap Bar & The Magma Chamber multi-media installation in the Old Office + many more special guestsTickets are now on sale.
Animal Collective are playing a sold-out show in NYC on January 20th, aka inauguration day, aka the day their new album comes out which will probably leak before then which may or may not be the fault of Grizzly Bear. Chris Bear, Panda Bear cage match date TBA.
Other upcoming ATP's (All Tomorrow's Parties) around the world include the one Sleep is playing in the UK, the one the Breeders are curating in the UK, the one The Melvis and Fantomas curated with Boss Hog and others in the UK, and the one Nick Cave chose Silver Apples for in Australia.
Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
This is to inform you that, currently your relevant artist's web-site is acting as the global-leak-source of the track, "Brother Sport", by our aforementioned client,Animal Collective, which track is not due for release by Domino until January 2009 (please see http://www.grizzly-bear.net/media/brothersport.mp3 ). As such, both the individuals collectively trading / performing as "Grizzly Bear" and, indeed, yourself are personally liable to our said clients for all commercial and other losses arising from this blatant act of piracy.If you want to get technical, Grizzly Bear did not actually "leak" this song. It was already out there. They just posted it.
In all of the circumstances, we must insist that you now A. removethis pirated file / track without further delay and that you also B. publish the following apology on the Home Page of the Grizzly Bear web-site :-
Animal Collective - Apology
Following contact from Web Sheriff, we can confirm that Grizzly Bear
has withdrawn its stream of unreleased material by the Domino Records artist Animal Collective :
Grizzly Bear wish to apologize to Animal Collective, Domino and Web Sheriff
for the disruption caused to their marketing and release plans by this leak.
This apology must be published for a minimum period of 7 days.
As you will appreciate, this is no laughing matter and, as such, should you refuse or otherwise fail to comply with the above request, we would ask you, in the alternative, to simply provide us with the details of the US attorneys, UK solicitors, French advocats and German advocats whom you would instruct in relation to the service of such multi-jurisdictional proceedings as shall ensue. [Grizzly Bear's blog]
Tickets are still on sale for Grizzly Bear's upcoming show at BAM.
If I didn't know better, I would think the whole Web Sherriff thing was some kind of practical joke, but their surreal messages left all around the Internet are actually real.
Animal Collective @ All Points West (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Animal Collective is set to release Merriweather Post Pavilion, their 9th full-length album, January 20th, 2009 on Domino Records. The album was recorded in early 2008 at Sweet Tea Recording Studio in Oxford, Mississippi with the engineering expertise of Ben Allen. The album will be available on CD, 2xLP and digital formats.Animal Collective announced some tour dates that include a NYC show at Grand Ballroom on the album release day, January 20th. Tickets are now on sale. All tour dates below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD could you please put up animal collective
isn't that why most of us on here went on sat" [Anonymous]
""The location is pretty great -- look at that view," said Brian Weitz, a.k.a. Geologist from Animal Collective, gazing out across the expanse of Liberty State Park at the skyline of Lower Manhattan. Indeed, the first thing you notice on stepping off the ferry and turning to look behind you is a cityscape that is hard to match anywhere in the world. It was day two of All Points West, the so-called "boutique" festival (meaning it accommodates 30,000 instead of 70,000) that at long last brought a weekend-long major music event to the Northeast. Saturday was the only sellout of the three-day weekend, and for good reason: Apart from the godlike Radiohead on top of the bill, there was a pretty exceptional supporting cast that included, on three stages, the Roots, Kings of Leon, Metric, the Black Angels, the Virgins, Chromeo, K'Naan and Sia.Who has the setlist? More pictures and video below...
But I began my day by speaking with one of my favorites, the Collective. A few hours before they brought their clanging, charging, joyful noise to the masses, we talked on the VIP bleachers overlooking the grounds. How great is the idea of Kings or Radiohead fans discovering Animal Collective? "That's the main reason, I think, you do festivals," said Weitz. The guys are not doing a lot of fests this summer -- they're concentrating on mixing and finishing their ninth album, due out in January -- but they were pleased to be at All Points West, in part because they were playing the main stage. While there is no doubt AC's sound is big enough to fill a large setting, Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, is not a big fan of outdoor fests. Apparently, he and the sun "don't agree."" [John Norris @ MTV]