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Preview: Animal Collective DJ set

Three-quarters of the popular team play One Eyed Jacks Feb. 11



The increasingly prevalent DJ tours by pop and rock artists pose an interesting question of fan devotion: How into someone do you have to be to pay to listen to them play other people's music for an hour? Essentially a live radio show without ads and senseless commentary, these name-brand DJ sets — not to be conflated with beat-matching turntablists, mutant linguists and whatever it is Girl Talk does — can range from thrilling curations to PA masturbations. Animal Collective, vaunted international tastemaker, has delivered both, to say nothing of its wildly variant group and solo releases. What to expect out of this one? First off, three-fourths of the band at most: Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, is wrapped up in a cycle for his new Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (said to involve an IV of kombucha and staring into a swirling universe a la Matthew McConaughey in True Detective). For a gig at Philadelphia's Dolphin Tavern in November, only Dave Portner (Avey Tare) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) spun. If that's what New Orleans gets, it's plenty for a good time. A sample set shared in mid-2014 reveals trancelike dance tracks spliced with Animal Collective hits ("Summertime Clothes") and 1979's chlori-formed "Cool in the Pool" by Can bassist Holger Czukay, the guy responsible for some of the best bass lines of all time (cue the neon credits to Inherent Vice). Tickets $15.

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