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Avey Tare & Panda Bear

The Animal Collective comprise the most confusing musicians to have hit the city in quite a while—originally from Baltimore, they might as well be from a clamshell or a juniper patch. They're usually billed as AVEY TARE & PANDA BEAR, though their new CD is labeled only as Danse Manatee (Catsup Plate); like most of their productions, it's a sparkly puddle of mosquito's-tweeter electronic frequencies, slow chants, and people tapping on stuff. Though they do all start and stop at the same time.


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