Animal Collective's Panda Bear on playing drums again and the influence of Aphex Twin

Animal Collective is one of the most critically acclaimed and popular bands to come out of the American underground in the past fifteen years. The outfit's true synthesis of the avant-garde with pop and psychedelia has yielded a handful of albums that have had a profound impact on a huge swath of bands, some of the more interesting guitar-pop acts of the past decade.

See also: Monday: Animal Collective at Ogden Theatre, 8/9/13

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.