Monday, October 12, 2009

grizzly bear casts its spell on the crystal ballroom oct 15

This Brooklyn quartet is not ferocious. They do not growl or snarl. Rather, these indie rockers will snare you with their soothing acoustic guitars, complex arrangements and layered vocals.

Grizzly Bear will awe all those who attend their Thursday, October 15th show at McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom with instantly infectious melodies and lovable, laid-back tunes like "Two Weeks."

Their latest release Veckatimest features vocals from all four band members and adventurous arrangements including choral ("Cheerleader") and orchestral backing on several tracks.

During the past few years of persistent touring, Grizzly Bear has garnered some high profile exposure opening for Radiohead and Feist as well as playing five shows with Paul Simon in Brooklyn. In 2008, the band even played a set with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and recently Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers helped revamp "While You Wait for the Others" with the boys in the band singing swirling backups on their own song. (Check out a live version, albeit without McDonald, from the Morning Becomes Eclectic.)

Amongst all the concerts, the foursome found time to build a truly collaborative album, their first effort where all members have contributed song ideas. And they succeeded in building a cleaner, more complete Grizzly Bear with stronger lyrics, vocals and drums.

Expect a dramatic performance full of highs and lows, like the mounting intensity heard on the album's opener "Southern Point," and climaxing with Grizzly Bear at their unified finest.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Grizzly Bear
The Morning Benders
Crystal Ballroom : 1332 W Burnside Portland, Oregon 97209
Doors at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
Cost : $22 advance, $25 day of show
All ages

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