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Fearless Grammy Predictions

Expect wins from Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Green Day

(Newser) - The Grammys are tonight, so Spin breaks down the best bets to take home a trophy.
  • Album of the Year: Taylor Swift’s Fearless is a shoo-in here, because “the only thing Grammy voters love as much as very old people is very young people"—though Lady Gaga
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Animal Collective's Rise Is Well Deserved

They brilliantly mix 'accessible' and 'avant-garde'

(Newser) - The rise of Animal Collective in 2009 is often attributed to concessions to accessibility, Jonah Weiner writes. “Going by the blurbs alone, you might assume that, in a few years, Animal Collective will complete its career-long metamorphosis into ABBA.” But that’s just not the case. The quirky... More »

Animal Collective Doesn't Care About Cool

Band fearless as ever on Fall Be Kind EP

(Newser) - Merriweather Post Pavilion made Animal Collective one of the most hyped bands of 2009, but the follow-up Fall Be Kind EP sounds almost aggressively unconcerned with indie cred. The first song includes a flute solo from Zamfir, one of those ubiquitous infomercial pan-flute players, while a later track samples the... More »

2009's Best Music So Far

Yes, Kelly Clarkson made the top five

(Newser) - Now that 2009 is more than halfway over, James Montgomery runs down the best albums of the year—so far—on MTV:
  • Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion: The No. 1 pick is “the only thing I can remember that has actually lived up to the hype, if not exceeded
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Phish Comes Back Strong at Bonnaroo

(Newser) - Phish, the Beastie Boys, Animal Collective, and Public Enemy highlighted a gorgeous day for Bonnaroo yesterday, write Troy Carpenter and Jeff Vrable in Billboard, after a sadly sodden opening on Thursday. In the first of their two days as festival headliners, Phish announced their comeback after a 5-year hiatus with... More »

Animal Collective's Odd Wonder

New Yorker explores the world of this indie group

(Newser) - Those with adventurous musical tastes may want to visit the odd world of Animal Collective, which smashes together electronic and acoustic elements into a brilliant mixture often called, if somewhat inaccurately, "avant-garde" and "psychedelic," says the New Yorker. Sasha Frere-Jones explores the group's eighth album, Strawberry Jam,... More »

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