January’s not over, but it already feels like the year of the Animal Collective. The guys have already been out on the road supporting Merriweather Post Pavilion (and previously unheard tracks), but the itinerary just expanded considerably. (This means you, Lund.) If you’re in the New York City area you can catch the the new Hall & Oates tonight at Grand Ballroom and tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom. If not, take a look at the dates and see when the menagerie’s coming through your city or town.

01/20 – New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom New York
01/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom New York
01/22 – Chicago, Illinois @ Metro
01/23 – Los Angeles, California @ Henry Fonda Theatre
01/24 – Los Angeles, California @ Troubadour
03/04 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockerfeller
03/05 – Lund, Sweden @ Mejeriet
03/06 – Copenhagen @ Amager Bio
03/08 – Cologne, Germany @ Gloria
03/09 – Heidelberg, Germany @ Karlstorbahnhof
03/10 – Fribourg, Germany @ Fri-Son
03/11 – Lucerne, Switzerland @ Konzerthaus Schurr
03/12 – Florence, Italy @ Viper Room
03/13 – Rome, Italy @ Teatro Studio
03/14 – Milan, Italy @ Rolling Stone
03/16 – Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
03/17 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso
03/18 – Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique
03/19 – Lille, France @ Aeronef
03/20 – Nantes, France @ L’Olympic
03/22 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity Centre
03/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
03/24 – London, UK @ The Forum
03/25 – Leeds, UK @ TJ’s Woodhouse Club
03/26 – Liverpool, UK @ Static Gallery
03/27 – Dublin @ Tripod
03/28 – Belfast @ Stiff Kitten
05/11 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/14 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/15 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
05/16 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sound Academy
05/18 – Royal Oak, Michigan @ Royal Oak Music Hall
05/19 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Turner Hall Ballroom
05/20 – Minneapolis, Minnesota @ First Avenue
05/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
05/25 – Portland, Oregon @ Roseland Theatre
05/26 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
05/27 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library
05/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
05/30 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ House of Blues
05/31 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
06/01 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
06/02 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
06/04 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
06/05 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
06/06 – Oxford, Mississippi @ The Library
06/08 – St. Petersburg, Florida @ State Theatre
06/09 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida @ Culture Room
06/10 – Orlando, Florida @ Firestone

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Comments (93)
  1. admin  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    The south does totally exist. Why the hell did we get snubbed from this tour? 3 dates in FL, none in NC, SC, GA, VA, TN… Lame as hell.

    • I agree. We need to get all the cool bands a map that emphasizes the overlooked states like Georgia, the Carolinas, and most importantly, Oklahoma.

    • You missed that they’re playing in Oxford, Mississippi which definitely counts as the South. Why they’d skip New Orleans is beyond me, though.

      I grew up in south MS, so I’ve got to say it’s pretty cool that they’re playing there (and I read that they’re interested in Jam Band crowds, well Oxford is nothing but those kind of kids in my experience). But I would rather have driven to New Orleans when I was a teenager. Oh well the Northeast gets a slew of choices. Yay for us.

      • I’ll also complain about the lack of a New Orleans date. Boooooooo

        • Yes. I think it should be a requirement that all bands on tour play New Orleans. They really don’t know how much they miss out on skipping Deep Southern areas (fuck those Yankee-ass mofos from the Carolinas and Virginia(! even) that talk about “the south” right?)

        • robert  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2009 0

          The fact that they have never stepped foot in louisiana really makes me wonder why they couldn’t this tour. Fuck Florida. Why not just play Disney World? Wait a minute…. that actually might be kinda cool. I guess I’m off to oxford.

      • dent  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

        no y’all should all come to oxford!

    • VA > DC  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

      05/11 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

  2. woo!  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    looks like they left a gap in april for coachella!

  3. Pulp  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    No Kansas, No Misouri; looks like I’ll be treking to Colorado. You fuckers.

  4. kerry  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    yes! buying my ticket for dallas asap

  5. This sucks  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    Wow… they’re not even playing Merriweather Post Pavilion. That seems stupid that they aren’t going to play the place they named their album after. I guess I can see them in Washington.

    • wldrpretnd  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

      That’s a good point

      • katie   |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

        why would they play merriweather? have you ever been there? it’s a huge, corporate venue outside baltimore. animal collective couldn’t come close to filling all the seats in there. nice try, though.

  6. kerry  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    so excited to see them back in dallas!

  7. Eric W  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    No Missouri again, fuck you guys!!!

  8. No one comes to Cleveland. Ever.

    • lonely great lakes  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

      are you kidding me?

      just be glad you don’t live in Michigan though we’re finally getting some love

      • kurt  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

        you’re very right on this. i can’t count how many times i’ve seen tours go from toronto to chicago or chicago to columbus or cleveland.

        i know we’re a peninsula but it’s not that far out of the way!

    • Bella LaFlossy  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

      Whatever man. I played The Grog Shop like two weeks ago, and were you there? nope.

  9. Cool to see a Mejeriet date. Might drop by.

  10. joober  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    opening for bonnaroo also, huh?

  11. Too exited to be rational and use correct spelling  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0


  12. scott  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    so they will go to portland but wont hit seattle… damnit

  13. t21  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    the dates in there are wrong, at least for the european gigs. Lille and Nantes are in March, not February…

  14. i can’t believe they’re playing at the culture room in ft.lauderdale. that place is sooo small. i saw broken social scene there a year ago and it was incredibly cramped.

    • someguy  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

      Despite it being small and cramped, it’s still possibly the best venue in South Florida unfortunately.

      • club cinema in pompano would have been better. i actually saw broken social scene there a few months ago as well and there was plenty of space and not a bad view in the whole venue.

      • this is true. tix onsale tomorrow, I think theyll sell out in about 2 seconds considering the venue holds very few people. club cinema was pretty nice for bss though, I wouldn’t mind going there again. to be honest I don’t even “get” animal collective but since I hear theyre amazing live and no one ever comes to south florida, I will be going for sure.

  15. M. Night  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    No Missouri. Fuck.

  16. They’re coming to Oxford, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *jumps up and down and titties bounce*

  17. brian  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    i agree with “this sucks.” why no baltimore love? i don’t get it.

  18. eric  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    see you all in toronto!

  19. Matt  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    “Animal Collective Announce Merriweather World Tour” – Yet no dates anywhere in the southern hemisphere??

  20. At times like these, this is when I hate having moved to Japan. The east has been left in the cold :(

  21. Andrew  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0

    Ohio always gets the shaft from almost every band that isn’t completely mainstream. What did we do to deserve this!?!?!?!!?!

  22. smatthew  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 0


    I mean, I understand not going to Missouri or Kansas…but c’mon.

  23. Big Sur? Oakland? No San Diego? wtf?

  24. 06/05 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs

    I can’t wait!

  25. I know the lack of Seattle has been mentioned already, but really, what the FUCK, Animal Collective? Seriously? Are you a real band? And you’re not playing Seattle? You really could have done a lot towards earning my fanship, which is, at this point, at best tepid, by playing here. I mean who the fuck DOESN’T hit Seattle on a tour? Jeez. Are you too good for us? Seriously, I mean you all must have something against the city not to play here. I mean KEXP’s here after all. Pretty sure you owe a good deal to them, as do most band’s who make music that is outside the mainstream. Well, whatever. I’ll get to listening to Merriweather when I get to it, I guess.

  26. Andrew232  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    Animal Collective at Stubbs?!?! Damn this 5 month wait

  27. responding to the “no seattle?!?!” comments… come on, you know they’re gonna play sasquatch on the 23rd – proximally close enough to not complain about and an experience maybe 6,000 times more fun than seeing them play the showbox or whatever.

    • Well I’m from Seattle…just got tickets for the Monday show in Portland (go to ticketwes…hurry!), and now intend to go to the Saturday Sasquatch show to see REM. If they play Saturday afternoon I might die before I get to Portland.

      • hold up, REM playing this year’s sasquatch? sure you’re not thinking of last year’s?

        • I think s/he’s almost certainly thinking of last year’s. Particularly because this year’s line-up has not been released yet. It is a good point that these guys will likely play Sasquatch. If that happened, all would be forgiven, naturally. I LURVE Sasquatch! And, after finally getting around to listening to My Girls today, I think I can safely say I would enjoy seeing Animal Collective there very much.

          • true, the lineup has not yet been revealed. but on a note completely unrelated to this post, i’d like to mention that sun kil moon, the avett brothers, peter bjorn and john, and kings of leon (who i will not be seeing) have already confirmed. and most likely AC.

        • I was thinking of last. :( Good thing REM isn’t my favorite band or anything.

  28. william  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    The southern choices still make no sense: Nashville, Ashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Knoxville all would have all been totally great spots for them to hit. Oxford is admittedly super cool, I am glad it is getting some love….but it is definitely random as hell. Florida isn’t really the south anyways, so i won’t bother complaining about them.

  29. Chris  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    Nice, another L.A. date! Already seeing them this Friday at the Fonda! Can’t wait……………………..

  30. closest show is a 6 hour drive….is it worth it…hmmmm

  31. David  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    anybody know the setlist for the January 20th New York show?

    • Opened with In The Flowers then Leaf House.

      Played most of MPP (except Bluish, Also Frightened, Taste and No More Runnin). Last three songs were Fireworks>My Girls>Brothersport.

      Encore was Banshee Beat and Slippi.

  32. D. McLendon  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    You know why they left out the South? I would bet they’re going to play BONNAROO!! The tour ends just in time!

    • As mentioned above, Animal Collective left out Seattle because they’re playing Sasquatch, which is in the area. The only reason it’s not listed on their tour is the lineup isn’t set yet, but I can almost assure you that AC will be there.

  33. barbo  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    What? No Dothan Alabama? That’s total BS. We’ve got a 24 hour WalMart and everything… C’mon!

  34. excited canadian dude.  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    YAY they’re coming to canada :) and its a great excuse for me to visit Montreal

  35. everyone complaining about the south just look how the tour ends right when bonaroo usually is. i’m sure they’ll play that and that’s why they don’t have southern dates.

  36. Bill Lumberg  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    St. Louis is not the south, its the Midwest.

  37. Christopher  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    Hardly a “World Tour” – barely a Northern Hemisphere Tour. Did AC take geography classes with Sarah Palin?

  38. Mike  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    Hunter W.’s comment has -4? Big surprise, he had the gall to criticize Animal Collective. But no, they’re not a real band. All live footage I’ve seen suggests they’re just three guys who play loops and jerk awkwardly. Neither singer can sing at all either, though I can never decide which one is more annoying. In the end it’s almost fascinating, watching them fail in the particular way they do.

  39. skippy  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2009 0

    Try living in Australia….

  40. bo  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

    when do tickets go on sale? dependent on the venue?

  41. Panda-Monium  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

    Dear Seattle,
    No one fucking likes you.
    -The world
    PS. Please don’t come to Portland and ruin our show, just wait and have a shitty time at Sasquatch.

  42. The only show close to me (read: within a 5 hour drive of me) is in Chicago, and that show is tonight.

    I fucking hate living in central Indiana.

  43. Chas  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

    I can’t wait for the show in Austin at Stubbs

  44. Louis This  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

    Yeah Vegas! More bands should come here. Vegas is more than just a cesspool of deginerate gamblers and drunken tourists. There are a whole slew of people ready to rokk . . . or freak out . . . or do whatever Animal Collective does. We taken over!

  45. SlinkyDinky  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

    You know as much as i agree with you guys about them playing more dates in the south – new orleans, atlanta, nashville, whatever – no one ever comes to MS. EVER. And I really can’t blame them, but those other cities always get the good musical acts- you know other the same b-rated pseudo jam bands that proliferate our area- so i have no problem saying “screw you guys” for once. And i mean that in the nicest way possible.

  46. Just bought my tickets for the Austin show. I’ve never seen these guys live and I’m extremely pumped. Brother Sport is going to melt my face.

  47. just bought my tickets for royal oak… hells yea

  48. let’s hope they can honor these dates. The first LA show for Friday 1/23 was canceled due to illness. Yet the following night’s date at the Troubadour is still on…

    • Chris  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2009 0

      BUMMED the show was postponed tonight in LA…sat in traffic for 2 hours just to get to the venue and see that it wasn’t gonna happen!

      **fingers crossed for a Sunday reschedule**

  49. Logan  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 0

    Um, I live in Arkansas. That’s some bullshit.
    But it’s northeast, so that’s……closer to..somewhere

  50. valentine  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 0

    I say Bonnaroo. They left a perfect spot for it at the end of their tour. Let’s hope!

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