Animal Collective will play two Irish dates in support of their new album 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' this March.

The New York-based band's ninth studio album already has scenester types tripping over their tongues to praise it before it's even released (this Friday, FYI) - thanks to it leaking on Christmas Day.

They'll play Dublin's Tripod on March 27th (€20/€24.50) and Belfast's Stiff Kitten on March 28th (TBC).

Tickets on sale from usual outlets soon.