New Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute

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Grizzly Bear.

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!




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