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Two Nights of Animal Collective at Terminal 5

December 4th, 2012

The four guys in Animal Collective—Josh Dibb (Deakin), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), David Portner (Avery Tare) and Brian Weits (Geologist)—began playing music together in late-’90s Baltimore. They shared united interests in psychedelic folk and a wide range of musical genres, plus studio experimentation. But despite putting out albums—including side projects and solo efforts—since 2000, it wasn’t ’til the release of 2007’s Strawberry Jam and its ensuing tour that the four-piece really began to gain recognition. The spotlight didn’t cool down with their following release, Merriweather Post Pavilion, two years later, which received near universal acclaim. Deakin didn’t partake in the recording of that album or its tour, but now he’s returned to the band for their most recent LP, Centipede Hz (stream it below). Of course, with a new album comes a new tour, and Animal Collective (above, doing “Today’s Supernatural” last year at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell) play Terminal 5 tonight and tomorrow.