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After playing their acclaimed outsider folk album “Sung Tongs” to mark the 21st anniversary of the music site Pitchfork, Animal Collective members Dave Portner and Noah Lennox are taking the show on the road.

Praised for its influential genre-bending and soaring melodies, “Sung Tongs” helped Animal Collective, which has up to four members and roots in Baltimore County, including several Park School alums, reach a broader audience in the indie music world.

They only built on that with the next several releases, reaching festival headliner status with 2009’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” Among other things, that gradual elevation of the group’s profile helped land tracks from “Sung Tongs” in “The Simpsons” and an ad for Crayola markers.

With only eight U.S. dates announced this morning, the tour is a limited engagement for now. And while there is no Baltimore date yet, Portner and Lennox will be playing the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C. on July 21.

The first of three pre-sales starts tomorrow at noon, and tickets ($35) will go on sale to the general public March 23 at 10 a.m.

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Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...