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The guys from Animal Collective are, first and foremost, old friends from high school. Hearing Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear), Dave Portner (aka Avey Tare), and Brian Weitz (aka Geologist) talk now, 15 years into a career that’s arguably made them the defining experimental pop band of their era, feels a bit like butting in on your college roommate’s hometown crew’s reminiscences. “There were some other punk kids in Baltimore that were friends of...
 Steve Keene's garage studio in Greenpoint glows blue on the inside, its light filtering through blue plastic tarps over the windows and skylights. Keene is in his fifties, with the gentle face of a man who has been smiling for most of his life. Wearing khaki shorts and a loose, short-sleeve button-down shirt, he invited me into the studio where he has lived and worked for the past eighteen years. I asked him questions...
Though he played a reunion tour with Pavement, indie-rock icon Stephen Malkmus has never stopped moving forward. His second band, The Jicks, have put out six albums in the past 13 years; as reviews of their latest, Wig Out at Jagbags, were eager to point out, that’s one more than Pavement made. The players have changed, and tastes have too, but there’s a centered quality to Malkmus that’s given his body of work a...

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