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Gig roundup: Animal Collective hits the Riverside

Baltimore's Animal Collective is one of the hotter bands of the moment, which explains why the band's Tuesday night show in Milwaukee was moved from the Pabst Theater to the more spacious Riverside. Does "hot" equal "good?" Depends on whom you ask. Many people who listened to the band's January release "Merriweather Post Pavilion," were ready to proclaim it as the best album of 2009. As is often the case, others dismissed it as an overhyped pile of hooey.