Animal Collective Announce 'Merriweather' World Tour Dates
The album is already being hailed as their finest work to date by both mainstream media and indie-music lovers and bloggers.
Perhaps this is one of the benefits of making music that is not a complete refutation of their previous work but something that resonates with listeners as being just a touch more accessible.
For an auditory preview, have a listen to the album on Amie Street.
With its eighth studio release, urban tribalist Animal Collective has distilled an album of its purest songs yet. "Merriweather Post Pavilion" shines a light into Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist's subterranean world of labyrinthine freakadelia, banishing some of the ghosts that have haunted it before.
The indie community and some mainstream outlets have celebrated the album with Pentecostal-like fever, which is surprising, considering that "Merriweather Post Pavilion" isn't a new sound for Animal Collective, only the best iteration to date. It shows how far editing -- and a core group of fanatics -- can take a band.
The band have announced world tour dates that will include an appearance at the New York edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in September.
Animal Collective 2009 Tour Dates
1/20, New York, NY (Grand Ballroom)
1/21, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
1/22, Chicago, IL (Metro)
1/23, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theatre)
1/24, Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour)
5/11, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
5/12, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
5/13, New York, NY (Terminal 5)
5/14, Boston, MA (House of Blues)
5/15, Montreal, Quebec (Metropolis)
5/16, Toronto, Ontario (Sound Academy)
5/18, Royal Oak, MI (Royal Oak Music Hall)
5/19, Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
5/20, Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
5/24, Vancouver, British Columbia (Commodore Ballroom)
5/25, Portland, OR (Roseland Theater)
5/26, Oakland, CA (Fox Theatre)
5/27, Big Sur, CA (Henry Miller Memorial Library)
5/29, Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern)
5/30, Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)
5/31, Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)
6/1, Albuquerque, MN (Sunshine Theater)
6/2, Boulder, CO (Boulder Theatre)
6/4, Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
6/5, Austin, TX (Stubbs)
6/6, Oxford, MS (The Library)
6/8, St. Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)
6/9, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)
6/10, Orlando, FL (Club Firestone)
9/12, Monticello, NY (All Tomorrow's Parties)