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Picking Up Crumbs: Grizzly Bear

8 Jun

grizzly_bear6_jpg_595x1000_q85Grizzly Bear were in town last night, and the packed show at the Cedar Cultural Center was neither a revelation nor a disappointment. On the relative merits of production values, Veckatimest as a record is a great work, a quiet work that, unlike Ed Droste’s recommendation on-air with The Current that it is not a work for rainy days, seems perfectly suited to lonely deconstruction. That kind of sang-froid was on display at the Cedar and for someone not sold on cultural importance of Veckatimest, the show provided lovely moments with a higher level of energy than expected but never really broke out of the preciously constructed sonics of the disc. It’s not new, it’s not progressive, it is expertly realized re-treads of the Beach Boys, the Zombies and early Simon & Garfunkel. Which is to say, great for headphones, not necessarily for a live show.

By contrast, openers Here We Go Magic had plenty of verve and although their instrumentation occasionally trended towards indulgent, it broke well into Luke Temple’s high vocals and some tricky guitarwork that bands like Yeasayer are re-popularizing. Overall, their psychedelic bounce was about as lively as the evening got and more immediate than Grizzly Bear’s exacting standards. CakeIn15 were on site for Decider, and you can read the full review, along with pictures, here.

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