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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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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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