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The 90 Best Songs of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with fabulous songs. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 90 songs as best of the year.

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Animal Collective: Painting With

With its focus on tight song craft and stylistic familiarity, Painting With is what Animal Collective sounds like when they stick to the script.

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Panda Bear - "No Mans Land" (audio) (Singles Going Steady)

"No Mans Land" and accompanying EP are killer, Panda Bear's most solid release since Person Pitch.

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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Pushing into a more electronic realm, the prolific Animal Collective member rips through his own conventions on his latest solo effort.

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Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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Panda Bear: Tomboy

One-fourth of the Animal Collective follows up his miraculous Person Pitch with a collection of mood pieces that suppresses his effusions into a consistent shade of gray.

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Moogfest: 29 October 2010 - Asheville, NC

25,000 Halloween revelers enjoy festival honoring Bob Moog with 60 bands over three days.

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Hopscotch Music Festival: 9-11 September 2010 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Well curated, organized and executed, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival announced the arrival of a new stop on the summer festival circuit.

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Pantha Du Prince: Black Noise

Ignore the Panda Bear collaboration and the swapping of Dial Records for Rough Trade; this is not Pantha Du Prince's indie voucher. It's as cold and arcane a space as ever, if not moreso.

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Animal Collective: Campfire Songs

Animal Collective's version of sitting on the porch and strumming the day away is actually quite cohesive and pleasant.

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Animal Collective: Water Curses

It’s been a full half-decade since Animal Collective came to prominence, bridging the gap between Brian Wilson and avant-garde tribal chant.

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Panda Bear

Panda Bear presides over his samplers like a priest at the pulpit, stirring the seated crowd with bits of loop-based lunacy. It's clear: this boy was born to stand before a packed set of pews.

Kevin Pearson
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Panda Bear: Person Pitch

Animal Collective's Noah Lennox returns for his third solo outing. The tunes are fantastic, but their thrill is not without limits.

Phillip Buchan
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Good Times, Other Realities: A Conversation with Panda Bear

Whether with Animal Collective, through his solo work, or via a handful of other projects, Noah Lennox (or Panda Bear) makes a kind of disruptively joyful, emotionally affecting music operate on some sort of limbic plane to change your mood.

Jennifer Kelly
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Panda Bear: Young Prayer

Panda Bear (née Noah Lennox, one-half of Animal Collective's genetic makeup) retreats indoors, seeking to trade Sung Tongs' projectile song-storms for a more reflective catharsis.

Zeth Lundy

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