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photo: Panda Bear at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
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Panda Bear's digital copy of his EP, Crosswords, was released online in August and will be physically out on Friday through Domino. Today he shared a bonus track on Youtube called "Lisbon Zoo," named after the zoo in his current city of residence. The psychedelic beat-driven song fits in well with the rest of the EP, as you can hear below. If you order the physical EP, you get a download of the whole thing, including "Lisbon Zoo."

Animal Collective are also planning to follow 2012's Centipede Hz with a new album. No release date or title has been announced, but they did tide us over with the release of a 24-minute improvised jam called "Michael, Remember." They shared the song in a video that features marine biologist Colin Foord and AnCo members Deakin and Geologist at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.

Listen to Panda Bear's "Lisbon Zoo" and watch the video for Animal Collective's "Michael, Remember" below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

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Panda Bear is on tour now in support of his great new record, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. That tour landed in NYC last night to begin a three-night run at Bowery Ballroom. Like he will at all three shows, Panda's AnCo bandmate Deakin DJed, and the opener for this one was local noise rockers PC Worship. Pictures are in this post.

The run continues tonight (10/14) with Image Man opening and Thursday (10/15) with The Present and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith opening. Like last night was, all of them are sold out but a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted. So if you have one of those, you probably wanna get there early!

More pictures below...

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photo: Destruction Unit at Union Pool in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destruction Unit

CMJ is upon us here in NYC, which means hundreds of artists from around the world will be playing too many shows to keep track of over the next five days (10/13-10/17). If you're feeling overwhelmed at all about who to see, we've narrowed things down to a list of, appropriately, 15 that we really think you should try to catch. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from the artists (except a few that aren't on Soundcloud).

Check that out, and all of our picks, below...

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Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.

Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.

The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.

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The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.

Badges are on sale.

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photo: Panda Bear at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
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In addition to Panda Bear's new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and his remix EP, the Animal Collective member just surprise-released a new five-song EP called Crosswords. It's named for the Grim Reaper track that an alternate version of is included here, and it also features Tomboy demo "The Preakness" and three new songs. Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom (who Panda has worked with before) contributed to the EP's production. Listen to new song "No Mans Land" and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below. Domino will put it out physically on November 13.

Panda's tour hits NYC on October 13, 14 & 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Night 3 is sold out but tickets for the others are still available.

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photos by Cory Dewald

Iceage/Mac DeMarco/Natalie Prass/Steve Gunn @ Pitchfork Fest 7/17/2017
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

DeMarco's goofball demeanor came across endearingly on stage, as he pulled faces and squared off with his bassist on the guitar solo for Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." At one point DeMarco told the crowd "We have a new album coming out" to which the crowd responded enthusiastically, thinking that he was going to play some. DeMarco then told the crowd "Oh no, no. We're not going to play those songs, we don't really know them. I just wanted to say that it's probably been leaked and you guys should download it. I don't really give a shit." Wrapping things up with "Chamber of Reflection" and a final song, DeMarco flashed his gap toothed grin and left us all wondering where he was headed after the set and if we could pull an invite. - [Gapers Block]
We already posted one set of pictures from 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival's opening day (7/17) but here's a second set, with shots of Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Iceage, Natalie Prass, Jessica Pratt, iLoveMakonnen and more. Check out more, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.

The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More day 1 pictures below...

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Plus, listen to Pete Rock's new Panda Bear remix

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/24/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Talib Kweli

On Thursday (6/24), hip hop legend Pete Rock celebrated his new Petestrumentals 2 album with a star-studded release show at Brooklyn Bowl. He brought out advertised guests, including Sean Price (who host Pharaohe Monch also rapped with), Slum VIllage, Large Professor, Das EFX and more. Plus there were some surprises like DJ Premier, who held down the DJ booth for Pete to end the night on the mic, and Talib Kweli, who came out early on to play his hit "Get By."

Talib will be back at Brooklyn Bowl twice in the next week, with live full-band shows on Wednesday (7/1) and Thursday (7/2). Both will be opened by Rapsody, Niko Is and K Valentine. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Pete Rock grabbing the mic as DJ Premier handles the boards #peterock #djpremier #brooklynbowl

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Pete Rock also has other NYC appearances coming up, including one TONIGHT (6/26). It's the "Masters of Ceremony" show at Radio City with fellow legends Rakim, The LOX, DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Brand Nubian and Das EFX. Pete's playing as a duo with longtime collaborator CL Smooth. Tickets are still available. After that show, Rakim, The LOX and other surprise guests head to the Blue Note for a 12:30 AM jam with The Soul Rebels, Slick Rick and surprise guests (tickets).

Pete also performs at the screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic on July 19 in Queensbridge Park. That's a free SummerStage show.

Pete's also one of the five remixers on Panda Bear's upcoming remix EP. Listen to his taken on "Crosswords" and check out the tracklist for the EP, below...

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Treasure Island

San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.

Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island 2015 lineup: The National, War on Drugs, Run the Jewels, Azealia Banks, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (More by PSquared
Panda Bear

Panda Bear returned earlier this year with his excellent new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, an album that's clearly different from his previous work but still cut from that same cloth of Brian Wilson-inspired psych pop. He has a few festival appearances scheduled, including Primavera, Pitchfork and Shaky Knees, and now he's added a three-night NYC run with different openers each night.

The Animal Collective member hits Bowery Ballroom on 10/13 with PC Worship, 10/14 with Image Man and 10/15 with The Present. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with AmEx presales starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

All of Panda Bear's dates are listed, with the video for "Tropic of Cancer" from the new album, below...

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photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

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Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

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The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Panda Bear @ MoMA PS1 - 1/11/15 (via moremorenow)
Panda Bear

Panda Bear releases his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, this week via Domino, and yesterday he stopped by NYC's MoMA PS1 for a Boiler Room-presented show with visuals by frequent Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez. He focused mostly on the new album, but included a few from its predecessor, 2011's Tomboy, too. Boiler Room has an archived video streaming on loop, which you can watch below.

Panda Bear's been gradually premiering tracks from the album on different radio stations around the world, and if you haven't found yourself a full listen yet, you can check some of those stations for archives. It's a great album, different from all his others but still within the electronic/psychedelic pop realm of his last two. Like Tomboy, it's more song-oriented than Person Pitch, but the songs are also clearer and bigger here than on Tomboy. "Sequential Circuits" (listen at BBC at the 1 hour, 23 min mark) is a beautiful opener, with chord changes that sound both unconventional and genuinely uplifting. Another immediate highlight is "Tropic of Cancer" (listen at FBi Radio), a "God Only Knows"-type ballad but based more on the "Hallelujah" chord progression. Elsewhere, there's the head-knocking "Crosswords," the ambient pop of "Lonely Wanderer," the weirder, grimier "Boys Latin," the bouncy avant-pop of "Selfish Gene," and plenty more strangely melodic sounds. Check out those streams linked above, and watch the videos for two other tracks below.

Also in honor of the new album, Panda Bear made a FACT mix which includes 13th Floor Elevators, Aphex Twin, Andy Stott, Gobby and more. You can stream that, with the tracklist, below as well.

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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Photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (more by PSquared)

Panda Bear is a week away from releasing his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (due 1/13 via Domino), and two days before it comes out he'll play a Boiler Room-presented NYC show at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (1/11), part of the museum's Sunday Sessions. The one-off show goes from 3:30 PM to 6 PM, and will feature Panda Bear joined by his frequent visual art collaborator Danny Perez's work. Tickets are on sale now, and if you can't make it, you can strema it live via Boiler Room.

Panda Bear has been rolling out his new album by premiering tracks from it on different radio shows this week. You can check out the newly-premiered "Sequential Circuits" on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC Radio 6 show. It starts at the 1 hour 23 minute mark. Video for lead single "Mr. Noah" below...

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Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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We're a month away (January 13) from Panda Bear's new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and he's just released the video for single "Boys Latin." Directed by animators Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch, the video premiered last night on Adult Swim and has an almost Miyazaki feel. (Shades of Princess Mononoke?) Watch it below.

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PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Hannah Diamond

Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.

Check out his full lists below...

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First Avey Tare put out a spooky video today and now his bandmate Panda Bear has followed suit. Those Animal Collective guys sure love Halloween! This one's a second teaser for his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and it stars the Grim Reaper and a stuffed panda bear. How appropriate. Watch it below... and Happy Halloween!

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Panda Bear has been talking about his new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper for a while now, and now it's been officially announced. It's due out January 13 via Domino. That's the album artwork above and the tracklist is below. Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, who also produced its predecessor Tomboy, worked on this one too.

He announced it along with the release of the 4-song Mr. Noah EP and put out a video for that EP's title track, which will also appear on the record. Watch that video below...

Continue reading "Panda Bear releases surprise EP, announces album release date and more details (watch the video for "Mr. Noah")"


Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

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Panda Bear @ Sasquatch (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
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Tickets for the Temples and The Districts show at Irving Plaza go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. PASSWORD: MESMERISE

Tickets for the Panda Bear show at Irving Plaza go on BrooklynVegan presale at 10 AM. PASSWORD: TOMBOY

Panda Bear's MHOW show (same link) also goes on AmEx presale today at noon, and if you miss out on the BV presale for Irving, you can also get tickets in the Live Nation/MusicGeeks presales starting Thursday at 10 AM.