Many artists, including Beyonce, Laura Jane Grace, and Cyndi Lauper decided to not cancel their North Carolina shows and instead use them as a platform to raise awareness of the state's extreme anti-LGBT law HB2. Now Animal Collective, who played a show at North Carolina's Orange Peel on May 8, are joining in to fight for LGBT rights by releasing two live albums of LA and Manchester shows from their Painting With tour with proceeds going to non-profit organization Progress NC:

Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress NC, who we were introduced to by NC Needs You (ncneedsyou.com). They (progressnc.org) are an organization "dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government”. Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don't condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.

This year, we’ve been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a “pay what you want” model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at The Fonda in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK please visit anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com and donate what you’d like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!

You can buy their live albums here and you can stream them both in full below.

As mentioned, Animal Collective are currently on a lengthy world tour in support of their new LP. That tour returns to NYC on November 2 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. Tour dates are listed below.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – 2016 TOUR DATES:
May 10 II Washington, DC || 9:30 Club +
May 11 II Washington, DC || 9:30 Club +
May 13 || Wilmington, DE || World Café Live at the Queen +
May 14 || Sayreville, NJ || Starland Ballroom +
Jun 03 || Barcelona, Spain || Primavera Sound
June 05 || Lyon, France || Le Transbordeur
June 06 || Bordeaux, France || Le Rocher de Palmer
June 07 || Madrid, Spain || Joy Eslava
Jun 09 || Porto, Portugal || Nos Primavera Sound
Aug 22 II Honolulu, HI || The Republik
Sep 2-4 || Dorset, UK || End of The Road Festival
Sep 03 || Liverpool, UK || O2 Academy Liverpool
Sep 2-4 || Laois, Ireland || Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival
Sep 06 || Glasgow, UK || O2 ABC Glasgow
Sep 07 || Leeds, UK || Leeds Uni Stylus
Sep 8-11 || Isle of Wight, UK || Bestival
Sep 20 || San Diego, CA || The Observatory North Park %
Sep 21 || Santa Ana, CA || The Observatory %
Sep 23 || Big Sur, CA II Fernwood Resort
Sep 24 || Big Sur, CA II Fernwood Resort
Sep 26 || Eugene, OR II McDonald Theatre %
Sep 27 II Vancouver, BC II Vogue Theatre %
Sep 29 || Calgary, AB II Macewan Hall Ballroom %
Sep 30 || Edmonton, AB || Union Hall Night Club %
Oct 03 || Sioux Falls, SD || Orpheum Theatre %
Oct 05 || Indianapolis, IN || Egyptian Room at Old National Centre %
Oct 06 || Morgantown, WV || Mainstage Morgantown %
Oct 07 || Pittsburgh, PA || Mr. Smalls Theatre %
Nov 02 || New York, NY || Terminal 5
Nov 03 || Baltimore, MD || Rams Head Live!
Nov 04 || Richmond, VA || The National
Nov 05 || Carrboro, NC || Cat’s Cradle
Nov 07 || Tallahassee, FL || The Moon
Nov 08 || Tampa, FL || The Ritz Ybor
Nov 10 || Miami Beach, FL || The Fillmore at Jacki Gleason
Nov 11 || Orlando, FL || The Beacham Theatre
Nov 12 || Jacksonville, FL || Mavericks
Nov 14 || New Orleans, LA || The Civic Theatre

+ w/ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
% w/ WIFE
^ w/ GFOTY