Editors' pick

Animal Collective


Editorial Review

This show has been at least three years in the making. But really much longer. In early 2009, Animal Collective released “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” an album that launched the Baltimore-bred group from underground favorites to psychedelic superstars. The consensus choice for album of the year, it turned the band’s swirling soundscapes into jubilant, almost nursery-rhyme singalongs punctuated by the gorgeous harmonies of Avey Tare and Panda Bear.

The album title was a tribute to the venue that provided the band members with cherished childhood memories, and suddenly playing a concert there — which seemed implausible just a few years earlier, even as the band gained a cult following — was a real possibility. Now it’s a reality, but the big question remains: How much of that breakthrough album will we actually hear? Animal Collective has always been fiercely forward-moving, regularly performing sets that focus on new, unreleased material instead of fan favorites.

So although this concert offers an incredible opportunity to take a recent concert trend (performing a classic album in its entirety) to a whole new level (performing that album at the venue the album was named after!) expect Animal Collective to do what got it to this level in the first place — keep moving forward.

--David Malitz, June 3, 2011