Posted in music | pictures on September 25, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Andrew Sacher

Grizzly Bear at Radio City Music Hall, 9/24/2012
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"This is surreal," said Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste upon taking the stage the historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/24) -- the band's largest headlining hometown gig to date -- "It makes me think back to our first show at Zebulon in 2004." It is pretty crazy to think that in eight years this "Brooklyn indie band" went from playing local clubs to one of the city's most famed and renowned concert halls, but needless to say, they've paid their dues. When the applause died down, Grizzly Bear went into "Speak in Rounds," one of the most tremendous tracks off the recently released Shields, their fourth in a line of brilliant studio albums and grandest statement yet. The song's explosive, speedy chorus lent to a technicolor light show with hues as layered as Grizzly Bear's sound. Though once "Speak in Rounds" fizzled out into psychedelic ambience, the stage went black, and dim lanterns slowly drifted to the ceiling behind the band. When they'd all risen, Daniel Rossen took over with the spiraling guitar riff of prog fantasy, "Sleeping Ute."

Throughout the set, those lanterns would crawl up and down the backdrop of the stage, creating a hallucinatory light show with the illusion that the stage itself was rising and falling. Mixed with the dreamlike scope of the band's songs, the audio/visual experience transported you out of Radio City, or any other fathomable place, to a world of Grizzly Bear's own. Song after song, the crowd was captivated and the setlist was arranged in such a way that it didn't ever matter what song came next. Of course there were standout moments (the booming "ahhs" and spectacular light show of "While You Wait for the Others" being a huge one), but overall each song contributed equally to the trip that is Grizzly Bear's live show. The minimalist "Shift" provided a moment of tranquility against the ferocious noise breakdown at the end of "Yet Again." "Sun In Your Eyes" (for which the band actually shined bright yellow lights at the audience) acted as a moment of awakening before the comedown of the pre-encore break, which ended with the "moment you've all been waiting for" feeling of "Knife." (That song saw some technical difficulties in the beginning but they were fixed about 45 seconds in.)

Grizzly Bear at Radio City Music Hall, 9/24/2012
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It's been mentioned a thousand times that Grizzly Bear plays in a row on stage, and that it helps to show the equality of the band members. So there's no real use repeating this for the sake of repeating it -- but it really is such a crucial part of their set. Especially on the songs off of the ultra-collaborative Shields, Christopher Bear's drums add as much to the melody as Daniel's guitar and piano, and Chris Taylor's backup vocals are as vital to the band's sound as Ed and Daniel's lead, and that's not even in reference to their four-part harmonies. For this tour, they've added a fifth member, Aaron Arntz (previously a member of Zappa Plays Zappa). Aaron is the one member who stays at the back of the stage, and though he's the most hidden, his contributions were noticeable and really fleshed out the complex studio arrangements that couldn't otherwise be replicated live by a four-piece band.

The show opened with a set from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who played mainly off their 2011 self titled LP, but also included a new song and a well-executed cover of Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam." UMO's album is very indebted to Beatles' Revolver, but live frontman Ruban Nielson rips fuzzed out guitar solos and feedback that are way more San Francisco than Liverpool (which was especially great on the distortion-drenched extended version of "Boy Witch"). Admittedly, Ruban is a bit more talented and fun to watch than his bandmates, but in their defense, Radio City is a pretty big stage for a relatively new band with a sound better suited for smaller clubs.

Grizzly Bear's tour with UMO continues in Toronto on Wednesday (9/26) and then at the end of the month, they'll kick off their final leg of the North American portion which Lower Dens supports. If you missed last night's show, did you stream it online? If you missed that too, you can watch an archive of the entire show (via the Fuse YouTube channel), along with more pictures and the setlist from the show, below.

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Grizzly Bear at Radio City - 9/24/12 (Full Set)

Grizzly Bear at Radio City - 9/24/12 Setlist:
Speak in Rounds
Adelma
Sleeping Ute
Cheerleader
Lullabye
Yet Again
Shift
Gun-Shy
Ready, Able
A Simple Answer
Foreground
While You Wait For The Others
What's Wrong
Two Weeks
Half Gate
Sun In Your Eyes

Encore:
Knife
On A Neck, On A Spit
All We Ask

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Comments (72)

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Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:37 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:40 PM

Grizzly Bore....

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:40 PM

daniel rossen is jim parsons?? mind=blown

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:42 PM

pussy bear

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Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:44 PM

Thrilling show! These guys owned Radio City last night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:44 PM

Good show. Nothing spectacular. Guy above(2:44) is a dimwit. Way too long, wordy and over hyped review. Seems the writer wacks off to Grizzly Bear records.

Lots of empty seats. Bowery Presents overextended their guess putting them in this big a place. Not ready to fill it yet.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:47 PM

2:37 - 2:40

You are a miserable human being. Stop trolling and go outside.

Posted by Ev | September 25, 2012 2:49 PM

Absolutely brilliant show from beginning to end--an excellent band performing at their peak. Don't miss this tour if you have a chance to see it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:49 PM

2:47
Nobody cares what you have to say

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:50 PM

Stunning show, stunning lights. Stunning.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:52 PM

Oh how I've missed Brooklyn Vegan's backseat promoters and self-appointed guardians of empirical truth. How the musicmakers must tremble in anticipation of their verdicts. I liked the show. Sorry you grudgingly dragged yourself there to count empty seats. What misery.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:52 PM

I would like to "Paws" and reflect about last night. I can't "Bear" it that they are getting so popular. I "Cub" not believe how far they come. The music scene theses days is very "Grizzly"!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:03 PM

If I wanted to hear the very best of what this Grizzly Bear person has to offer what would you suggest to me?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:03 PM

Grizzly Bear sounded great last night but Jesus Christ what a boring crowd that didn't wake up until the encore. But hey when you got a seat and you can sit back and play on your iPhone why would give a shit about the show happening infront of you

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:07 PM

this band sucks all balls

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:08 PM

It's impossible to choose, but the new one, Shields, is as good a starting point as any. Good variety, but cohesive and concise. All 4 of their LPs are excellent in their own way.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:09 PM

Thanks 3:09 - I will check that out

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:13 PM

You'd think after years of using the 'grizzly bore' and 'zzzzz' zingers slung at this band from it's BV troll haters, they'd have gotten a little smarter and come up with something more interesting. Aside from that, brilliant show. Best I've seen them. Bon Iver may be more popular but these guys put on a much more exciting show. As for mr. seat counter, not sure where your head is at and I doubt you were even there as it was packed save a handful in the 3rd mezzo, but who's counting right?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:13 PM

I thought that the crowd was pretty respectful. Didn't see too much iPhone dickery and they were generally quiet especailly in the many quiet parts. In the first mezz, anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:14 PM

You just have to laugh and laugh hard at the slavish GB fans on this thread. Oh you fucking tools are so stupid and lame. You look like idiots with your dumb over hyping.

Brilliant?
Stunning?

Oh please, give me a fucking break. Get real. I was there. It was a fine show but nothing earth shattering or brilliant or stunning and I can assure you I have seen this band more times than you have.

And yes, there were many many empty seats. You did not have to count them to see. It was very visible. Oh and scalpers outside were selling tickets on the real cheap.

Truth hurts. Calm down and deal with it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:20 PM

C'mon Andrew Sacher, that has to be the biggest puff piece you've ever written. What gives?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:20 PM

I would wager the first 5 comments are the same person. BV care to give us an IP confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:21 PM

Grizzly Bear is so incredible it makes me cry. They've come so far, and they deserve every ounce of success they've been obtaining.

Posted by AlicenParis | September 25, 2012 3:27 PM

Sand from Dicks night 2 is headdddyyy

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:29 PM

3:20 I've been going to Grizzly Bear shows for 8 years, and for me last night ranks among the best times I've seen them. It's hard for me to understand why you're so bothered by the enthusiasm of fans of a band you apparently like enough to have seen several times. It's very strange, but not in an interesting way.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:31 PM

^^^^ exactly 3:31 (probably a disgruntled ex musician is my guess?)

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:32 PM

prolly had his boyfriend stolen away by a musician amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:35 PM

I made the comment at 3:20 and sorry it's hard for you to understand. What can I tell ya man, not everyone is born with intelligence. Even though you are lacking it im sure you can still get by.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:36 PM

^ def wasn't there just trying to talk about seats and scalpers. (misses point completely, has blind hatred of people that likes band he doesn't)

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:47 PM

poor 3:36 is going to be sad to read the reviews on billboard and village voice, also glowing. Must be more 'slavish gb fans'

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:53 PM

^def is a sad idiot butt hurt that not everyone agrees with him about the show. Only way he can attack is to say the person was not at the show. Typical BV tripe.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:53 PM

3:20/3:36 has been a busy boy today, and every comment he has made have turned out to be wrong. Sorry sugar bear, some of us got get to be the bat while others like you get to be the ball. Sucks, but demz da rulez.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:56 PM

I'd actually say using the term 'butt hurt' is "typical BV tripe" TBH mr. 3:53

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:58 PM

Glowing reviews from Billboard and Village Voice are not things to be proud of.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 3:59 PM

SMH at these trolls. Jesus. Show was off the hook last night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:01 PM

^ yup, mos def fully butthurt by a musician

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:01 PM

I don't understand how people call this "brilliant" and "amazing". The live show is just like the band's studio output. Very calculated, concentrated and precise. Which means that it has moments of beauty but if you like any soul in your music, you're not going to find it here. Self-aware earnest white guy "art" indie music.

As for the crowd not being "Awake" there was really nothing much to look at or do. I sat in my seat with eyes closed about half the time and just enjoyed the sound. Not sure why anyone feel the need to see this band over and over again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:03 PM

the lights were some of the best i've seen. wasted ticket on you

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:07 PM

These guys were just magical last night. Just magical.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:13 PM

Reading through these comments I am convinced that most of you relieved of peer pressure would even give music a second thought in your lives. Such a shallow group on here these days.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:13 PM

Eh, it was a fine show. Would never call it "brilliant" or "stunning." They hit all the right notes, I suppose. Worth the ticket price, but nothing too memorable.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:13 PM

4:13 stop pretending to be someone different. Someone should lock this comment thread, it's beyond ridiculous watching the same few people argue with each other.

ps. haven't seen the show, looking forward to it. New album is best yet IMO, last one lacked

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:14 PM

Great performance, and great light show as mentioned. But I dunno, just don't care for the sound in that place. Was sitting in the 16th row, felt sound-wise like I might as well have been in the 116th. Would rather see them at the dreaded Terminal 5 to be honest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:16 PM

It's nice to hear from someone with a developed dissenting opinion, but I think there is soul to be found in Grizzly Bear's music. Just listen to Chris Bear play the drums!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:18 PM

T5 >>>> Roseland >>> RCMH

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:18 PM

"Sorry sugar bear, some of us got get to be the bat"

This statement perfectly sums up the intelligence level of the slaves calling this show brilliant and stunning and magical.


Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:22 PM

Show was epic. Nuff said. Sun in your eyes alone made it worth it tho I felt a little blinded by the lights.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:31 PM

show was wonderful, ignorant haters be damned.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:35 PM

Great show. Have to disagree with 4:16, I was zz center and felt the sound could not have been any better. Very crisp and the band was tight. Great job with lighting and with the set. I have to agree that theatre shows tend to give way to "boring" crowds, but I also feel there were only a few songs that I wish I could stand without pissing someone off.

Definitely overpriced...should have been at Town Hall or Beacon, but it was what it was.

Best part of the night was some drunk girl cursing off the bar tending staff for not serving her despite the fact she did not have an ID. Never saw someone want to pay for a $12 mixed drink so badly in my life.

Note to person who was smoking weed next to me: Dude, the show is mellow enough that I am sure that extra hit that you thought you needed was probably wasted, unnecessary and a pretty bold (dumb) move in Radio City.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 4:36 PM

^If you don't like the smell, just say it. You sound like my big brother.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 5:06 PM

The show was AWESOME!


No, actually it wasn't. Actually it was pretty pedestrian. Couldn't have gotten more pedestrian out on the sidewalk.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 5:17 PM

These guys were just magical last night. Just magical.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 5:32 PM

Great great show. Saw Dave Longstreth and Amber of the Dirty Projectors sitting a few rows behind me, and the fro-headed dude from Yuck was there too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 5:44 PM

So much weed at this show. I kinda enjoyed my contact high. Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 6:12 PM

^not surprising, since homosexuals need to smoke a lot of weed in order to escape from the crushing shame of their chosen lifestyle.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 7:41 PM

What a magical, enchanting performance! Simply breathtaking! It was even better than listening to In Rainbows while sniffing Feist's panties, a feeling I would have thought simply and utterly impossible prior to this incredible evening of wonder and amazement.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 7:41 PM

^ ha ha ha this guy doesn't realize that Leslie Feist's coochi smells like New Orleans after Katrina receded.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 7:46 PM

total shit as usual

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 7:55 PM

It was an absolutely incredible show, probably the best I've ever been to (out of 300 or so).

My review is here: http://someothersuckersparade.blogspot.com/2012/09/grizzly-bear-radio-city-music-hall-24th.html

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 8:40 PM

Good show. You either like them, or you don't. I've never been disappointed at their shows. Was glad it wasn't just pimping their new album--they played pretty much everything.

Bass was kind of too high, from the pit at least. RCMH seems to have some pockets of poor sound, but generally not that bad.

Saw Solange Knowles and Chris Thile.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 8:55 PM

Solange Knowles and Chris Thile were there? No fucking way!

Follow up question: who?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 9:39 PM

people actually sit at this show?


sitting at an indie rock gig? with UMO playing?

???????

Posted by Pixelterror | September 25, 2012 9:51 PM

Solange Knowles and Chris Thile were THERE?!?!

God you're such an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 9:40 AM

crom

Posted by crom | September 28, 2012 7:07 AM

The hummus platter backstage was also stunning and magical. I would go as far as calling it breath taking, but that might be pushing it a tad bit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 8:22 AM

What a great looking stage!

Posted by shadwell | October 10, 2012 4:38 AM

lovely photos, as always.

Posted by Ed ASKEW | October 14, 2012 2:11 PM

Unfortunately, it's always this bad. Worst part is that the loser has conversations with himself. See above.

Posted by Tobikat | November 25, 2012 5:01 AM

Wow could this band be any more boring? Boring clothes, boring music, boring haircuts, and the band members aren't even attractive.

Can someone please explain to this bands appeal? Thanks

Posted by Snnoooozers | December 13, 2012 4:02 AM

grizzly bears rule.

Posted by mike | July 17, 2013 3:09 PM

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