Last night, I went to see Animal Collective play at the Recher Theater in Towson, same place I saw Jenny Lewis. To think, this is one of the theaters I saw Star Wars in as a little kid. I remember lining up in the places lobby to get into movies.
Turns out Animal Collective are locals- they grew up around Baltimore County! Balitmore has a few other current cool bands - definitely check out Wilderness, too.
The band was introduced by one of the members' (Deaken) mom who was also promoting her breathing meditation center- very crunchy. She described the band as taking us on a journey to a world where we could be free and creative. My asshole lizard brain wanted to yell out "hippie, die" when she was onstage.
They played great- using a lot of mics and effects- it had a real acid rock feel. They were supported by an Icelandic band, Stórsveit Nix Noltes, with members of Mum- they sounded like a gypsy klezmer dance band.
I thought the accordionist was hot- she looked kinda like Zooey Deschanel- nice knees!
Great show. The audience, albeit very young, were really into it. That was good to see. Yeah, Baltimore. A funny thing overheard - while waiting to get into the place, a group of ravey-industrial kids walked by and looked up at the sign and said "Animal Collection is playing."