OVERRATED: Animal Collective

With a new album due this week, this Baltimore-born group satisfies a key requirement for being an indie rock heir to the Grateful Dead by being utterly baffling to those who aren't onboard. With the group's signature mix of swirling psychedelia, restless rhythms and electronic burbles around chattery, nonsense vocals, "Centipede Hz" will be adored by those already following the band far out, and maybe it sounds best from there.
Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
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