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Five Best Songs of the Week: Grizzly Bear, Beach Fossils, Broken Social Scene, and More

Plus Phoenix, Beach House, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

May 19, 2017

It's been a topsy-turvy week, with a new Trump scandal practically every day and tragic passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in his Detroit hotel room Wednesday night. To help us through it all was a plethora of exciting new tracks.  More

May 17, 2017

Earlier today the new album by Grizzly BearPainted Ruins, was announced, as were some tour dates. Now a new song, "Mourning Sound," has been shared, and additional details (including the tracklist and label) have been announced.  More

May 17, 2017

Grizzly Bear have announced their new album and some tour dates. Painted Ruins is due out August 18. Below is the cover art, as well as their tour dates.  More

Grizzly Bear Share New Song - “Three Rings”

The First Taste of Their New Album

May 05, 2017

Grizzly Bear haven't released an album in five years, since 2012's Shields, but have long been hinting at a new album, releasing various abstract teaser trailers for it.  More

Apr 21, 2017

Grizzly Bear haven't released an album in five years, since 2012's Shields, but have long been teasing a new album. Recently they released an actual 34-second teaser trailer, which was followed by a 27-second oneMore

Grizzly Bear Share Another Mysterious New Teaser Video

Could Their New Album Finally Be on the Way?

Apr 10, 2017

Grizzly Bear haven't released an album in five years, since 2012's Shields, but have long been teasing a new album. A little over a week ago they released an actual 34-second teaser trailer. More

Apr 04, 2017

Grizzly Bear haven't released an album in five years, since 2012's Shields, but have long been teasing a new album. Now they have released an actual teaser trailer. It's 34 seconds long and contains abstract and color images, but it does feature a snippet of new instrumental music. More

Nov 21, 2016

Few indie rock and hip-hop musicians not named Kanye West or Azealia Banks appear happy about the election of Donald Trump. During the primaries Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste was a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders before throwing his weight behind Hillary Clinton in the general election.  More

Oct 10, 2016

It's no secret that in the Democratic presidential primary elections many indie rock musicians strongly supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. One of Sanders' more eager and public supporters in the music community was Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste.  More

Apr 11, 2016

Next month The National-currated Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day of the Dead will be released. So far they've shared several songs featured on the compilation. Today they continued the trend, sharing the video for their cover of 16 minute epic "Terrapin Station." More

Grizzly Bear Annotate Their Songs on Genius

Explain Meaning and Backstory of Lyrics

Feb 13, 2015

For those that don't know Genius is a website that allows users to provide annotations and interpretations to various forms of text. Originally targeted towards rap lyrics, the site has since expanded to include poetry, literature, new stories, and other genres of music. More

Dec 12, 2014

Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Diplo have collaborated on a newly released track titled "Long Way Home." More

Jan 24, 2014

Last November Grizzly Bear released an expanded version of their excellent 2012 album Shields, also offering up the included bonus material as a standalone release titled Shields B-Sides. More

Watch: Grizzly Bear’s Final Live “Shields” Performance

Band Closes Out a Run of Dates at The Sydney Opera House

Jan 06, 2014

Grizzly Bear has had a fairly epic run of live dates behind their 2012 album, Shields. More

Dec 06, 2013

Grizzly Bear guitarist Daniel Rossen has announced plans for his first-ever solo tour.  More

Dec 03, 2013

Back in 1974 Gene Clark, found member of The Byrds, released No Other. Developing into a cult favorite among musicians years after being deemed a critical and commmercial failure at the time of its release, the album will be given a bit of new life when it will be played in its entirety on the road by a gathering of some of indie rock's most notable artists, including Beach House, as well as members of Fleet FoxesGrizzly Bear, and The Walkmen. More

Listen: Grizzly Bear - “Will Calls” (Diplo Remix)

Featuring on Shields Deluxe Edition

Nov 22, 2013

Earlier this month Grizzly Bear released a special deluxe edition of their 2012 album Shields. More

Listen: Grizzly Bear - “Listen and Wait”

Unreleased Track from Shields

Oct 30, 2013

On Nov. 12 Grizzly Bear will release a deluxe edition of their excellent 2012 album Shields, consisting of a number of b-sides, remixes, and demos.  More

Watch: Full Episode of Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear on “Austin City Limits”

Featuring Songs From Modern Vampires of the City and Shields

Oct 28, 2013

Over the weekend Austin City Limits aired a split episode featuring performances by Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. More

Oct 25, 2013

Tomorrow night Austin City Limits will air its latest episode featuring performances by two of NYC's best musical acts: Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. More

Grizzly Bear Announce Deluxe Editions of “Shields”

Featuring b-sides, remixes, and demos

Sep 17, 2013

Yesterday afternoon Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste took to his Twitter account and wrote "yup! :) new music soon. Excited!" More

Grizzly Bear ATP Cancelled

London I'll Be Your Mirror Festival No More

Aug 05, 2013

Grizzly Bear have announced that they've been forced to cancel to the upcoming ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Festival in London. More

May 24, 2013

Back in April Grizzly Bear taped an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performing their single "Yet Again" off last year's excellent album Shields. More

Apr 22, 2013

With their much-anticipated new album Bankrupt! finally seeing release this week, France's Phoenix have unearthed yet another high-profile cover/remix of their record's lead single "Entertainment." More

Apr 12, 2013

Announcing just yesterday that they would be extending their world tour in support of last year's excellent album ShieldsGrizzly Bear have revealed they've had to postpone their curated I'll Be Your Mirror ATP Festival. More

Grizzly Bear Extends Tour

Additional August Dates Added

Apr 11, 2013

On the road in support of last year’s album ShieldsGrizzly Bear announced today that they’re adding even more stops to their already packed schedule. More

Grizzly Bear and The xx To Tour Together

Joining Forces This Summer

Feb 12, 2013

Making for some interesting bedfellows Grizzly Bear and The xx have announced that they will team up for a series of North American tour dates this coming summer. More

Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Curate ATP London’s I’ll Be Your Mirror

Featuring Performances by The Walkmen, Real Estate, and I Break Horses

Jan 28, 2013

All Tomorrow's Parties has announced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear have been chosen to headline and curate their upcoming "I'll Be Your Mirror" events in London on May 4 and 5, respectively. More

Jan 28, 2013

"Gun-Shy," the latest single off Grizzly Bear's excellent 2012 record Shields, has premiered this morning with a stunning (and at times squirm-inducing) video treatment.

More

Grizzly Bear Announce Spring Tour

Listen to Remix of "Gun Shy" by Lindstrøm

Jan 22, 2013

Grizzly Bear have confirmed dates for a new U.S. tour set to kick off this spring. More

Watch: Season’s Greetings from Grizzly Bear

Featuring New Piano Arrangements of Shields Tracks

Dec 19, 2012

With less than a week before Christmas Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste yesterday took to Twitter to wish everyone a great holiday and share a special YouTube clip featuring their latest record Shields rearranged for fans of New Age piano.  More

Watch: Grizzly Bear on “The Late Show With David Letterman”

Band Performs Shields Track “Yet Again”

Dec 13, 2012

Last night, Grizzly Bear stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman to air Shields cut “Yet Again." More

Nov 12, 2012

As Grizzly Bear continue to ride the success of their newest album Shields, guitarist Daniel Rossen has followed up his own recent solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile with a number of out-of-the-blue tracks. More

Oct 17, 2012

Yesterday Grizzly Bear continued their string of late night appearances, heading over the Atlantic to perform on Later ... with Jools Holland. More

Oct 12, 2012

Last night, Grizzly Bear stopped by The Tonight Show to air Shields cut, “Speak in Rounds.”  More

Sep 27, 2012

Grizzly Bear have a new video for “Yet Again,” a cut from recently released album, ShieldsMore

Watch: Grizzly Bear Play “Fallon”

Perform "Sleeping Ute"

Sep 17, 2012

Last Friday, Grizzly Bear closed out the week serving as the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. More

Watch: Grizzly Bear Play on WNYC

Perform Songs From Shields

Sep 12, 2012

With the promotional machine picking up steam, Grizzly Bear recently found themselves performing a number of new songs off their their forthcoming album Shields for New Yorks's WNYC radio station. More

Stream Grizzly Bear’s “Shields”

New Record Out Sept. 18

Sep 10, 2012

Next week Grizzly Bear will release Shields, the New York band's much anticipated follow-up to their 2009 breakthrough Veckatimest. More

Listen: Grizzly Bear Play New Songs on BBC

New Album Shields Out Sept. 18

Sep 04, 2012

Across the pond this morning New York sons Grizzly Bear appeared on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music radio show where the band performed two songs set to appear on their forthcoming new album Shields, arriving Sept. 17 and 18 in the UK and U.S. via Warp. More

Watch: Grizzly Bear Play “Colbert”

Perform "Sleeping Ute," "Yet Again," and "Two Weeks"

Aug 15, 2012

Taken from their recent performance on the U.S.S. Intrepid as part of StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest!, Grizzly Bear made an appearance on last night's episode of The Colbert Report promoting their forthcoming new album Shields. More

Aug 03, 2012

After sharing the first bit of their forthcoming album Shields with the track "Sleeping Ute," Grizzly Bear turned around yesterday to deliver yet another piece of the ten track puzzle with "Yet Again." More

Stephen Colbert Announces StePhest Colbchella ‘012

Featuring Grizzly Bear and The Flaming Lips

Aug 01, 2012

Kicking it up a notch from last year's StePhest Colbchella '011: Rock You Like a Thirst-icane, Stephen Colbert announced last night that for StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest! that he would be throwing a little soiree on a little boat called the U.S.S. Intrepid. More

Jul 09, 2012

Early last month Grizzly Bear provided a glimpse of their upcoming fourth LP with the included track "Sleeping Ute." More

Jun 05, 2012

Earlier this year, we profiled Grizzly Bear in the studio in our yearly “In the Studio” issue. Now, the Brooklyn-based band is ready to start airing the fruits of their labor. More

Pygmalion Music Festival Announces Dates and Initial Lineup

Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr. Confirmed To Headline

May 09, 2012

The eigth annual Pygmalion Music Festival has announced that it will take place in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois from Sept. 27-29. More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2012 Issue with Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, and Twin Shadow

Issue Also Features: Air, Bear in Heaven, Best Coast, Andrew Bird, Chairlift, Dan Deacon, First Aid Kit, Grimes, Spiritualized, Tegan and Sara, and more

Mar 12, 2012

Under the Radar’s Winter (March/April) Issue will be hitting the stands soon. The issue features an In the Studio 2012 themed cover with the frontmen of three notable acts set to release new albums later this year—Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. The issue also features interviews with AirBear in HeavenBest CoastAndrew BirdChairliftDan DeaconFirst Aid KitGrimesof MontrealFrankie RoseSpiritualizedTame ImpalaTegan and Saraand much more.  More

Listen: Daniel Rossen - “Silent Song”

Grizzly Bear Member's Solo Outing Out March 20

Feb 01, 2012

Last month Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen announced that he would be releasing a solo EP called Silent Hour/Golden Mile on March 20 via Warp.  More

Jan 18, 2012

Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen has announced plans to release a solo EP entitled Silent Hour/Golden MileMore

Watch: Videos of Serge Gainsbourg tribute at The Hollywood Bowl

With special guests Beck, Ed Droste, Victoria LeGrand, Zola Jesus, and more

Aug 29, 2011

Last night the Hollywood Bowl hosted a special tribute show to the late French singer, actor, and director Serge Gainsbourg. More

Listen: CANT – “Answer”

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor’s Solo Project Releases First Single

Jul 25, 2011

CANT, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor's solo effort, includes George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow and is due to release first album, now titled Dreams Come True, September 13 via Taylor's Terrible Records. More

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor Announces Solo Project CANT

Featuring George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow

Jun 22, 2011

Grizzly Bear bassist, vocalist, and producer Chris Taylor has released information regarding his solo effort CANT. More

Sep 24, 2010

On September 18thPhoenix, supported by Grizzly Bear rocked The Hollywood Bowl. We have photos.  More

Twin Shadow Releases Album Digitally for $1.00

Availabe Now Digitally for a Mere Dollar at Band's Official Website

Aug 24, 2010

Twin Shadow, the brainchild of George Lewis Jr., have rushed their album out digitally in advance of its physical release on September 28, and you can buy it for $1. We have the details More

May 13, 2010

Sad but true, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Well, sad for us that is. Swamped with back issues—which I’m all sure we can agree is a good thing—Under the Radar is passing them on to you with a sale on selected issues. The question is, can you have too much of a good thing? We're offering two dollars off most available back issues! More

Phoenix, Pavement, and Vampire Weekend All to Headline Hollywood Bowl This Summer

Openers Include: Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, and Beach House

Apr 23, 2010

Didn't catch every band at Coachella you were hoping to see? Never fear! This summer, Hollywood Bowl is hosting several Under the Radar-friendly bands, including Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and Pavement. We have the dates. More

Glastonbury Lineup Unveiled

Headliners: U2, Muse, and Stevie Wonder

Apr 15, 2010

Glastonbury is a huge British multi-day music festival and this year's lineup is just as epic. The fest will again be at Pilton, England Worthy Farm on June 23-27, and the three major headliners are U2, Muse, and Stevie Wonder. More

Vampire Weekend, Jenny Lewis, Grizzly Bear, Tegan & Sara Make Crafts For Haiti

Contributors Also Include: Fleet Foxes, M. Ward, Feist, Conor Obest, Aziz Ansari, Devendra Banhart, and many others

Mar 10, 2010

Haiti is still recovering from January's devastating earthquake. Aiding the recovery efforts is a group of musicians and artists who are auctioning off exclusive items to benefit the nation. The project, called Crafts For a Cause, is spearheaded by Binki Shapiro of Little Joy and will go live on March 15th. Among the items up for bidding, an original song by Mark Ronson, a camera painted by Drew Barrymore, and a shirt designed by M. Ward. Other artists involved include: Jenny Lewis, Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Feist, Conor Obest, Aziz Ansari, Devendra Banhart, Cat Power, Daft Punk, Natalie Portman, The Strokes, and many others. More

Jamie Lidell Sets His “Compass” for May 18

New Album to Feature Beck, Feist, plus Grizzly Bear and Wilco Members

Feb 08, 2010

Jamie Lidell's third album will be entitled Compass and is due for release May 18 via Warp. Compass features a slew of notable guests, including Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Pat Sansone of Wilco, and Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. More

Grizzly Bear Contributes to Soundtrack

Blue Valentine to Premiere at Sundance

Dec 14, 2009

After a solid year that landed them on a plethora of Best of Lists, Grizzly Bear are looking ahead to 2010. Next month, The Sundance Film Festival will see the premiere of Blue Valentine, a Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams movie that features a soundtrack from the Brooklyn quartet. More

St. Vincent Announces North American Tour

Grizzly Bear and Wildbirds & Peacedrums to Join

Nov 11, 2009

Actor-loving musician St. Vincent (Annie Clark) has announced new tour plans. She'll be traveling though Europe with American band Grizzly Bear before returning stateside in 2010 to tour with the Swedish husband-and-wife duo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums. More

Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack Listing Confirmed

Features Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, The Killers, St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Lykke Li

Sep 21, 2009

The official soundtrack for 2008's Twilight wasn't much to sniff about (kind of like the movie). Only a few scant cuts from blood letters Paramore and Linkin Park littered the tracklisting. Conversely, the marketing blitz for Twilight sequel New Moon has been nothing short of buzz-worthy and downright confusing. The final tracklisting was announced today on Myspace and writer Stephanie Meyer's website and it's just as ripe for hipsterdom's cognitive dissonance as we surmised. More

Grizzly Bear Confirmed For Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack

Joins Death Cab For Cutie, Thom Yorke, and Bon Iver in Vampire Coven

Sep 17, 2009

Hey have you heard about this Twilight thing? Apparently it’s all the rage in indie rock these days. As we previously reported Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bon Iver have all penned original songs for the soundtrack to upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon. Today, another name was added to the list—Under the Radar Anticipated Albums of 2009 cover artist, Grizzly Bear. More

Sep 04, 2009

Grizzly Bear played The Pool Parties at the East River State Park, in Brooklyn, NY on August 30, 2009. Photographer Philip Dante Meick was there to capture the action. Check out the full gallery of photos from the The Pool Parties show here

More

Michael McDonald Talks About His Recent Collaboration with Grizzly Bear

A Recent Interview Reveals the Connection With and Admiration for the Band

Sep 01, 2009

Today, an interview with Michael McDonald on Paste's website clarified the recording artist's involvement with indie-band Grizzly Bear on their recent single. More

Michael McDonald Sings on new Grizzly Bear B-side

Yah Mo B singing “While You Wait For the Others”

Aug 31, 2009

Grizzly Bear are releasing Veckatimest's second single today. "While You Wait For the Others" is being released on iTunes and as a 7 inch. The B-side is a new version of "While You Wait For the Others" that features the one and only Michael McDonald on lead vocals! McDonald is the '70s and '80s icon who got his start in Steely Dan, was then recruited by The Doobie Brothers in 1975, and had a successful solo career in the '80s with such hits as Yah Mo B There, his 1983 duet with James Ingram. No word on how and why McDonald came to sing on this version of "While You Wait For the Others." More

St. Vincent to Tour Europe With Grizzly Bear

They Go Together Like a Fine Wine-Cheese Pairing

Aug 04, 2009

Despite their growing status outside of the indie rock intelligentsia, Grizzly Bear's and St. Vincent's astutely arranged pop songs have more in common with Stravinsky or Ravel than FM radio hits. Now the two Brooklyn heavyweights are combining their talents and bringing their delicate music to venues throughout Europe. Maybe next time North America. More

Check Out Photos of Pitchfork Music Festival Day Three

Photos of The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, M83, Japandroids, The Thermals, DJ Rupture, and Pharoahe Monche

Jul 20, 2009

The Pitchfork Music Festival concluded yesterday in Chicago and we sent photographer Andrew Reed Weller down to capture the day three action. Check out his photos of The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, M83, The Thermals, Japandroids, DJ Rupture, and Pharoahe Monch. More

News Roundup: Modest Mouse, Basement Jaxx, Comic-Con, Grizzly Bear

Also Mission of Burma, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Moby, Natalie Portman in Thor, Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern

Jul 14, 2009

Our News Roundup briefly reports on various entertainment news stories that are circulating the web: Modest Mouse, Basement Jaxx, Mission of Burma, You Say Party! We Say Die! announce upcoming releases, San Diego's Comic-Con full schedule has been revealed and we've got highlights, lead parts cast for Thor and Green Lantern films, Grizzly Bear and Moby publicize tour plans. More

The Flaming Lips and MGMT Top 3rd Annual Treasure Island Fest Lineup

Plus The Decemberists, Beirut, The Streets, Grizzly Bear, Girl Talk, Yo La Tengo and Dan Deacon

Jul 13, 2009

It's official: MGMT and the Flaming Lips will headline the two days of Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment's third annual Treasure Island Music Festival, to be held in the midst of San Francisco's beautiful Indian Summer, Oct. 17-18. Plus The Decemberists, Beirut, The Streets, Grizzly Bear, Girl Talk, Yo La Tengo, The Walkmen, Dan Deacon, others set to play. More

New York’s “Jelly Pool Parties” Line-Up Announced

Free Weekly Shows to Feature: Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, The Fiery Furnaces, Deerhunter, and many more

Jul 02, 2009

In an effort to beat the heat and current economic state,  “Jelly Pool Parties” has just announced their line-up for the weekly free concert series beginning July 12th wtih Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, Ponytail, and Jemina Pearl of Be Your Own Pet. The Brooklyn shows will feature the likes of Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, HEALTH, Fucked Up, Deerhunter, and The Fiery Furnaces. More

Jun 22, 2009

Grizzly Bear played a sold-out show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA Saturday night. We sent a photographer Darren Kim down to capture the action. Check out the full gallery of photos from the Troubadour show here. More

Warp X Set To Release All Tomorrow’s Parties Documentary September 23rd

Featuring Belle and Sebastian, Portishead, Sonic Youth, Animal Collective, and More!

Jun 16, 2009

If that Warp Records box set wasn't enough, the label's sister company Warp X has something else to offer music fans. The independent Sheffield film production company is preparing for the release of their fourth film, the DIY concert documentary entitled All Tomorrow's Parties. All Tomorrow's Parties puts a lens on the cult music festival of the same name on September 23rd.  More

Jun 03, 2009

Grizzly Bear, who were on the cover of Under the Radar’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2009 issue, have hit #8 on the Billboard Album Charts with the release of their third album Veckatimest.Phoenix hit 37. More

Austin City Limits Festival 2009 Lineup Announced

Over 130 Acts In 3 Days, including The Dead Weather, Sonic Youth, Grizzly Bear, Lily Allen, and The Decemberists

Apr 28, 2009

Though the early bird 3-day passes have been sold out since last year, the preliminary lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival has only recently been announced. More


Interviews

Jul 24, 2014

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2006 article on Grizzly Bear, our first print magazine interview with the band (we did interview them a year earlier on our website about their debut album,Horn of Plenty). Read on as Ed Droste discusses the band's sophomore album, Yellow House, and his hope for some hometown recognition.   More

Grizzly Bear

Anything Can Happen

Mar 13, 2012

"After five years, I think we deserved a little break. And to be completely honest, the last show was only a year and two months ago. It's really not that long. It was in October of 2010, the Neil Young Bridge School benefit," says Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste, a tad defensive at the notion that his band has disappeared from the indie map for too long of a stretch. More

Jul 01, 2006

“You haven’t made it until you’re in the Winchester Daily Gazette,” says Ed Droste. The 27-year-old singer/guitarist and founding member of Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear is explaining what fame is, according to his parents. Despite the band having been written about in some of the world’s biggest music publications, which have taken notice of Grizzly Bear’s experimental and elegiac folk, Droste’s mother and father are holding judgment until their son is featured in the local New Hampshire paper. More

Grizzly Bear

New Artists for 2006

Jan 01, 2006

Marked by long-stretching vocal harmonies and monk-like chanting, the music of Grizzly Bear is gentle and pastoral, employing a minimal environment of drums and the occasional banjo, augmented by subtle elements of electronica. What began as a home project for founder Edward Droste in his Brooklyn apartment, has since become a full-fledged band that tours the world. More


Reviews

Shields

Shields

Warp

Sep 14, 2012

Like any Grizzly Bear release, Shields demands multiple listens before one is able to peel the layers back to see how good it just might be. This shouldn't be anything new to fansVeckatimest was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2009, but most everyone, if they were honest, would admit that it took some time to realize it might be better than good. Shields demands a similar amount of patience and engagementand, fortunately, it pays out similar rewards. More

Serge Gainsbourg Tribute: Beck, Zola Jesus, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Victoria Legrand and more

Aug 29, 2011

It’s deceptively easy to see the career of French musician Serge Gainsbourg as one continuous punchline. With his distinctive vocal style—a muttered sing-speech—parodied almost into oblivion since his rise to popularity in the 1960s, the inclusion of his music in film or television seems to automatically indicate the horny bachelor, the ill-conceived seduction, or (horror of horrors) hipsters aiming to embrace kitsch with both hands. Last night at the Hollywood Bowl however, cool was the name of the game—as Beck, Zola Jesus, Victoria Legrand (of Beach House), Mike Patton, Ed Droste (of Grizzly Bear), The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lulu Gainsbourg, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, sang, spoke and cooed their tributes to the late performer. More

Phoenix at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

September 18th, 2010

Sep 30, 2010

Phoenix kicked off the mild-weather evening with their most recognizable song, "Lisztomania"-accompanied vociferously by the 17,000-strong crowd who drowned out vocalist Thomas Mars' spirited, if nervous, performance. More

Coachella 2010 Day One Report - Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Fever Ray, LCD Soundsystem, and more

Apr 17, 2010

Coachella 2010 began under the cloud of an erupting volcano. Several of the European artists playing this year had to cancel their Coachella appearances due to the Icelandic volcano eruption grounding all flights from the U.K. and other parts of Europe. So day one of Coachella was greeted with the news that we wouldn't be seeing Frightened Rabbit, Delphic, The Cribs (with Johnny Marr), or Gary Numan after all. And only a few days earlier Mew had already cancelled due to illness. So this year's festival was already starting with some losses, Mew and Delphic probably being the most unfortunate ones. But while there were few artists playing Coachella 2010 who I both hadn't seen before and was dying to see (Pavement being one of them), the lineup was still rigged with enough great artists so that I had little time to eat and take breaks between bands. Here's what I saw during day one. More

Coachella 2010 Day 1 Recap: Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, and Fever Ray

April 16th, 2010

Apr 17, 2010

Confession: despite my various musical exploits, this is my first year at Coachella. And in spite of various friends' threats to paint a "V" on my forehead and subject me to an unspeakable hazing process (that's standard...right?), I spent the week leading up to the festivities feeling not unlike an over-sugared toddler on Christmas Eve. Day one's notable loot: Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, and Fever Ray. More

Veckatimest

Veckatimest

Warp

Jun 24, 2009

As anticipation for Veckatimest built to a fever pitch in early March—Radiohead's ateaseweb.com message board filled with literally thousands of conjectures—Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold brazenly declared it to be the best record of the '00s, all this more than a full two months before the record's official release date. Hyperbole cast aside, Veckatimest is certainly Grizzly Bear's magnum opus, a quantum leap over 2006's excellent Yellow House, and a damn strong contender for the best album of 2009 at this early juncture. More

SXSW 2009 Day 2

March 19th, 2009

Mar 31, 2009

Day two of SXSW for us began where day one ended, at the Central Presbyterian Church. The night before we had seen there the appealing trio of Department of Eagles, St. Vincent, and Camera Obscura. This night we also saw three bands at the venue, but only one was great. As we had missed M. Ward the night before at the same venue by not allowing enough time to navigate the long line, we were determined to arrive in plenty of time for Grizzly Bear’s 8:30 P.M. slot at the eMusic showcase. That meant that we had to sit through two other bands we had no interest in seeing, including one we’d never even heard of before. More