Truth be told, I had never heard their music before their performance at KCRW in 2008, a session where they debuted “While You Wait for the Others”. (I’m nearing my 5 year anniversary here at KCRW and it is still one of the best sessions I’ve witnessed, tied with Black Keys – also in ’08 – for my favorite).
I’ve been anxiously awaiting new tunes since their album “Veckatimest”. That album is a modern pop masterpiece. The band’s members been active since it’s release pursuing separate project. In fact, Stereogum breaks down what they’ve all been up to in the last few years. (SoCal native Daniel Rossen’s solo album was a particular favorite here in the basement, as was the project CANT, from Chris Taylor.) But nothing beats them together.
Then — all in one day and seemingly out of nowhere — they released a new song, a release date for a forthcoming full length album AND a huge world tour.
“Sleeping Ute” is everything I hoped for. I just love Grizzly Bear’s sound. It provides a comfort I can’t describe and has a musicianship that is pretty much unparalleled. When you see them live, you realize how much each member contributes to the band and despite all their musicmaking outside Grizzly Bear, they are undoubtedly stronger as a unit.
The album will be out September 18 and they make their way to LA on October 10. See all the tour dates below!
GRIZZLY BEAR WORLD TOUR 2012
16 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theater
17 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
18 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
20 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
21 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
22 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
23 Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
24 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
26 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
28 Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
29 Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
30 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
01 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
05 Seattle, Washington @ Paramount Theatre
06 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
17 Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
18 Manchester, UK @ Academy
20 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
21 Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Centre
22 London, UK @ Brixton Academy
26 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
27 Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns Salonger
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falconer Salen
30 Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefärlich
31 Berlin, Germany @ Astra
02 Köln, Germany @ Essigfabrik
03 Paris, France @ Pitchfork Festival
04 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
05 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
20 Wellington, New Zealand @ Opera House
21 Auckland, New Zealand @ Bruce Mason