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Animal Collective Continue to Take Risks

October 29th, 2013

Animal Collective – Union Transfer – October 28, 2013

(Photo: Jared Levy)

Animal Collective maintain a following by continually challenging and redefining their sound. There’s nothing easy about listening to radio interference and white noise, but buried in the experimental band’s musical trances are subtle shifts and changes. The pleasures are similar to gazing at a piece of visual art where you start with base enjoyment and then peel back layers of understanding until there’s confusion … and then what?

The dial was continually turned on last night at the second sold-out show of Animal Collective’s two-night stay at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Most of the songs came from their latest album, Centipede Hz, where the idea of crafting a live show through radio mimicry was originated. The stage setup, designed with dangling teeth and a projection screen coiled around a pointy felt tail, also drew from the album. The images were that of tropical-colored spin art flashed in time to the music. The night’s theme was Halloween, and costumed attendees filled the venue. Some dressed as animals, perhaps as an ode to Animal Collective, but the band members looked more like a collection of smoked-out zombies. There was little talking—some kind words about the opener, Dan Deacon, and Halloween—but screeches and industrial-noise loops cued the next song and then the next song until one began that everyone knew: “My Girls” with the chorus repeating, “I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things, like our social stats/ I just want four walls and adobe slats for my girls.”

It was during this song—along with some other tracks off Merriweather Post Pavilion—in which people pushed forward and even the quietest attendees mouthed the words. Still, there were distinctively difficult moments, notably the breaks before “What Would I Want? Sky” and “Peacebone.” These numbers blossomed from a struggle to arrive at the opening notes. Risky behavior for some bands, but for Animal Collective, the pleasure of their music is intrinsic to the process of its creation: four minds molding and dismantling sound. —Jared Levy

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Two Nights of Dan Deacon

November 13th, 2012

Dan Deacon has long been interested in making music. He released his first two solo albums—on CD-R no less—while still in school at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation he decamped for Baltimore and took up residence in an arts and music collective, and things really began to take off for him. In addition to some top-notch classical work, Deacon has been on a bit of a roll when it comes to electronic music, with three stellar albums in a row: Spiderman of the Rings in 2007, Bromst in 2009 and America, which came out this past summer. And all of that is great, because who doesn’t like to listen to quality records? But the recorded material is just a beginning, because for Dan Deacon it’s all about performing with a live band and a heavy dose of audience participation. He’s even got a free phone app that synchronizes all of the songs and turns them into the light show for a portion of his live sets. So do yourself a favor and get involved when Deacon plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night and then The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.

(And about those shows, Deacon says: “I want to let you know that the proceeds from my upcoming 11/14 Music Hall of Williamsburg and 11/16 Bowery Ballroom shows will be donated to Sandy relief. Having grown up on Long Island, so much of my family and many of my close friends live in New York and New Jersey. I don’t feel right going there, playing these shows and not pitching in to help out with the recovery so I’m going to donate my fee for these two shows to the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy.”)

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to Dan Deacon on May 16, 2009

May 12th, 2009

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Electronica musician Dan Deacon loves to perform for an audience. And judging by the sweaty dancing going on around him—as he plays from amidst the crowd—at his shows, you’ll love seeing him live. He’s got two shows this Friday at The Bowery Ballroom. The first show sold out quickly and the second one, a late show, is on its way. Fortunately for you, The House List is giving away two tickets to the late show so you can shake off the workweek by shaking it after midnight. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Dan Deacon, 5/16 late show) and a brief message telling us why you should be the one to Grow a Pair of free tickets. Eddie Bruiser will e-mail the fortunate winner by noon on Friday, May 15th. Good luck.

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