Grizzly Bear - 'Shields: Expanded'

Grizzly Bear - 'Shields: Expanded'

As a band built on the authenticity of their background noises – the creak of rafter, the squeak of chair, the scuttle of woodlouse across glockenspiel – to be granted access to Grizzly Bear’s demos and cast-offs on this new edition of...

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Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

It’s a quiet, autumnal Sunday night at an old Regency theatre in Montreal and the crowd for Grizzly Bear is waiting, as you might expect, earnestly. The Brooklyn quartet’s new album has been out for about half an hour by the time they hit a...

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Grizzly Bear - 'Yet Again'

Grizzly Bear - 'Yet Again'

Jangly ’70s guitars are probably lovely to listen to if you’re in the actual ’70s, getting stoned in sunny California, but if you’re playing this in the car park queue for Morrisons while it’s raining, it’s a bit boring. If you can...

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Grizzly Bear - 'Shields'

Grizzly Bear - 'Shields'

It’s hard to maintain a sparkling mood at all times, especially when you’re a bear with a sore head. Brooklynites Grizzly Bear have always made music that doesn’t just dream about escaping the stresses and strains of the city, but was...

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Grizzly Bear - 'Sleeping Ute'

Grizzly Bear - 'Sleeping Ute'

The first taster from the Brooklyn experimentalists’ hotly-anticipated new album finds them playing to their strongest suit - cramming in myriad mind-boggling ideas while creating one focused whole by the end. Not as complex as ‘I Live With...

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Live Review: Grizzly Bear

Live Review: Grizzly Bear

It’s really like night and day, to be completely honest,” says chief Grizzly Bear Ed Droste, big sad dark eyes looking a little bewildered as he takes it all in in the hotel bar. It’s Thursday, so this must be Norway: beginning their...

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Album review: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Album review: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Classifying Grizzly Bear alongside American folksters Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver is a common error – it’s like comparing the real-life Ursus arctos horribilis (that’s grizzly bear to you) with a runty park squirrel. In the years since Ed...

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Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

There’s a danger with lending your songs to other people – they might play them better – but NY’s experimental wizards have done just that. CSS’ ‘Knife’ and Band Of Horses’ ‘Plans’ both introduce a certain edge, while the...

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Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Not to be confused with Panda Bear of fellow brain-trippers Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear take a more measured route to freaky songcraft. ‘Knife’ splashes deep into the watery depths, sounding not unlike a cornucopia of lazy sea creatures...

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