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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n16 (04/21/2011) » Section: Left of the Dial

Panda Bear - Tomboy

Mystery in music is an important aspect that tends to be lost in this era full of instant Twitter updates and internet album leaks. Mystery makes the audience ponder. Psychedelic pop musician Panda Bear, the leader of electro-freak folk group Animal Collective—real name Noah Lennox—has managed to maintain his mystery for over a decade now, going so far as to relocate to the shores of Portugal, where one imagines him consuming hallucinogenic jellyfish on a beach in Lisbon or recording himself slowly clapping two chunks of wet rock together.

Peanut Brittle Satellite - Planet Girth

Listening to Buffalo prog-rockers Peanut Brittle Satellite is like getting a history lesson in the last 30 years of experimental rock. Think King Crimson plastered together with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Mars Volta. The six-piece (guitarist Zack Mikida, bassist Ian Machniak, Zach Kushner on keyboards, drummers Shawn Brandel and Ryan Campbell, and Evan “Karl” Courtin on the violin and glockenspiel) have achieved their dynamic math-prog sound in the four short years since they formed in a basement in Buffalo in 2007. On their latest album, Planet Girth, the band incorporates an almost storybook writing style, using guitars and drum rhythms rather than lyrics to tell their tale.

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