Animal Collective Release Two Live Albums To Combat North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

Animal Collective photographed in 2016.
Tom Andrew

Animal Collective photographed in 2016.

Different bands are taking different routes to combat North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT "bathroom bill." For psychedelic warriors Animal Collective the route is by releasing live albums to raise money for an organization that is combating the state's HB2 law.

"We felt that cancelling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance," the band wrote in a statement about the law, which mandates that transgender people use bathrooms based on the gender on their birth certificates. "That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination." So, on Monday -- a day after they performed at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, N.C. -- they uploaded audio from a March 9 show at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre and an April 13 show at The Ritz in Manchester, England.

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A note posted with the downloads explained that the Orange Peel show featured a table for Progress NC, an organization "dedicated to being hte voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government." Instead of canceling their Sunday night Painting With tour date, they decided to make two of their favorite gigs available for download in a "pay as you want" mode. Fans are encouraged to visit AC's bandcamp page to donate whatever they feel comfortable with to Progress NC; all proceeds will go to the organization. 

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Thanks for the good times Asheville! AC and @kaitlynaurelia in NC. Bless. See you next time.

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Following public outrcy and boycotts from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr, the state's governor, Pat McCrory, responded to a warning from the Justice Department that HB2 violates the Civil Rights Act and Title XI by suing the government. The government hit back, filing a civil rights suit against N.C. on Monday, charging that the state is violating provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against workers on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion, according to CNN

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The federal action also says the state is violating Title IX, the Education Acts Amendment of 1972, which bans gender discrimination in education, as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which outlaws discrimination based on sex. "This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday. "This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them."


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