Criminal Records is hosting one of only a handful of nationwide listening parties for ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's forthcoming Merriweather Post Pavilion, out Jan. 6 (vinyl) and Jan. 20 (CD) via Domino. This is not an AC appearance, just a preview of the album that was recorded in Oxford, Miss.'s Sweet Tea Recording Studio with Atlanta producer Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, All the Saints). To enhance the listening experience, the store will serve collard greens, black-eyed peas and beer. Free. 4 p.m. Criminal Records, 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511. www.criminal.com.