Coming off the success of Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective is set to release ODDSAC, its collaboration with filmmaker Danny Perez (known for his concert projections with musicians such as Black Dice and Panda Bear). According to the press release, “ODDSAC is a dense and surreal layering of audio and visual elements that eschews conventional narrative to create a visceral, immersive experience.”
Following individual collaborations and solo efforts by other bandmates, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare is releasing his first solo full-length, scheduled for release on October 26. Down There (Paw Tracks), consisting of nine new songs, drifts away from the upbeat melodies of Animal Collective, illustrating a haunting atmosphere with murky sounds. A crystalline pop buzz contrasts sloshy rhythms and drippy bass notes, reflective of the crocodile, one of Tare’s favorite animals.
Two days. Nine bands. Rain and mud the first day, which made for lighter crowds and Woodstock-era vibe. The next day held thick, steamy heat and crowds that got thicker by the minute. Walking until my feet ached. Crappy red cowboy boots are perfect for the rain, but not the heat. Things always get the most interesting as they’re about to end.
Running from August 7-9 in Chicago’s Grant Park, one of the world’s biggest summer festivals is back, including headlining performances by Tool, Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, The Killers, and Kings of Leon. Check out the rest of the massive lineup below.
Fresh off the release of its ninth studio album, experimental indie trio Animal Collective hits Chicago’s Metro, a relatively large venue that ideally won’t affect the group’s warm sound.