Animal Collective

Nov. 3

Media narratives have a way of sticking to albums. Animal Collective's 10th full-length, "Painting With," is known as the band's "Ramones album," in part because the members themselves mentioned in interviews that they were discussing the legendary punk band before starting to write. Working as the trio of Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Dave Portner (Avey Tare), and Brian Weitz (Geologist), they took inspiration from The Ramones' conciseness, eliminating the textural meanderings of some of Animal Collective's most notable work. But this being Animal Collective and all, nothing is as simple as all that—there's still plenty of weird sounds and left turns, and Lennox and Portner perform vocal gymnastics at an Olympic level with their sung interplay. Live, the group is still prone to pulling and prodding its own compositions and filling the space in between the songs you recognize with experimental transitions, making for one long performance that can be a bit meditative—especially under the right substances. As a band more and more comfortable with having a legacy, they now make a habit of trotting out some older fan favorites, like when they played 'Bees' and 'Loch Raven' off 2005's "Feels" as part of the encore at 9:30 Club back in the spring, and giving them a similar reworking. This show might not be for everyone, but Animal Collective live is never not interesting. 7:30 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131,, $25. (Brandon Weigel)

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