Grizzly Bear @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 6/19/09

Although Trent Reznor’s big-upped Grizzly Bear on his defunct (and now refunct) Twitter, he gave the soothing side of indie rock a big kiss in high profile print recently, telling Newsweek:

I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good? The band Grizzly Bear, I think they’re excellent. There’s a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late ’80s, when I was forming bands. The aesthetic I was tuned into was a more dumbed-down kind of thing. Sometimes listening to stuff like they’re doing makes me feel irrelevant. That’s a nice, healthy kick in the ass. And it’s interesting to see there’s room for that in what’s considered hip these days.

A friend once told me that Trent’s similar tweetment of the Horrors’ new album gave their sales a massive surge; that said, it’s not like you could find an available ticket to the Grizzly Bear/Here We Go Magic L.A. stop even before that Newsweek hit the stands. The slowly-crossing-over Brooklyn outfit is finishing a celebrated cross-country trek tonight in San Francisco, on the heels of last night’s show at the Wiltern, Grizzly Bear’s largest headlining venue yet. Opening was Luke Temple, whose Here We Go Magic is reportedly beginning to coalesce into a live outfit on par with its hypnotic and worthy debut LP. Thanks to photographer Andrew Youssef for bringing back these photos.