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Up-and-Comers: Grizzly Bear

Okay, so perhaps indie-rock band Grizzly Bear isn’t so much an up-and-comer as an “already-arrived-and-getting-bigger” band. But I’m profiling them here because they are, in fact, gaining steam in the mainstream market, as buzz increases in anticipation of their upcoming album Shields (slated for a September release).

Grizzly Bear started as a home recording project by Edward Droste in Brooklyn, NY in 2004, eventually growing into a four-piece multi-instrumentalist band specializing in experimental indie-folk. They have a unique sound that blends acoustic instruments such as banjo, guitar and glockenspiel with electronic keyboards, causing some to refer to their music as “psychedelic folk.” Over time, the band has developed a solid fan base, shared the stage with acts such as Feist, Radiohead and Paul Simon, gotten song placements on numerous films such as Jack Goes Boating and Twilight: New Moon, and even composed the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Blue Valentine (2010). Grizzly Bear have also become regular performers on the late night television circuit, most recently this week on The Colbert Report for “StePhest Colbchella ‘012 Rockaugustfest” (see vids below).

Grizzly Bear has not been very active on the concert circuit in the past couple of years, but they have scheduled an extensive tour in support of the upcoming record, which includes tour dates throughout the U.S., the U.K., Sweden, Germany, and Australia, among other places.

I love this band for their innovative sounds and laid back attitude, and if “Yet Again” is any indication, Shields is definitely going to be an album worth picking up. Meanwhile, take a look/listen at these videos below. Enjoy!

 

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
StePhest Colbchella ‘012 – Grizzly Bear
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

 

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
StePhest Colbchella ‘012 – Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive


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Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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