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Tonight: Avey Tare and Eric Copeland at Johnny Brenda’s

avey tareAvey Tare’s first solo album, Down There, is anything but accessible. As Animal Collective’s founding member, Avey Tare (aka David Portner) stays true to his primary band’s experimental style. This style allows Down There to be built completely upon flitting, mechanical sounds and disconnected musical arrangements. But Portner takes it even further; much of the album is just downright extraterrestrial. Countless unidentified, robotic sounds coupled with Portner’s lurking vocals create a spooky realm that delves deeper than any Animal Collective album ever has. Tare said of the solo project, “(The record) primarily comes from being bummed out—which, I felt like in the past two years, I’ve had a darker time.” Avey Tare performs with Eric Copeland at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Caitlyn Grabenstein