Grizzly Bear @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 6/30/06

Yellow House is going to be one of your favorite albums of the year. Grizzly Bear’s new one delivers heart-tugging folk via endlessly inventine off-kilter arrangements. Friday was an unfortunate night for the boys to hit the Bowery (they competed with Futureheads, Walkmen, and the seemingly untouchable TV On The Radio) — but we were pleasantly surpised to see our local Ballroom completely empty at 11 PM. Of course it filled out by the time the band took the stage for a late-night set.

From the haunted doo-wop of “Knife” to the nervous folk suite “On A Neck,” live Yellow left the crowd hungry for more. (Ed, next time we wanna hear “Little Brother”!)


“Don’t Ask”
“Fix It”
“On A Neck, On A Spit”


Headliners and Stereogum Band To Watch Lansing-Dreiden were plagued by sound issues and a tired audience that gradually vanished during the performance. We’re willing to consider it was an off night. Still love the ’80s-tastic “A Line You Can Cross.” (Video: MOV | WMV)

Elsewhere, La Blogotheque filmed Grizzly performing “Knife” a capella on the streets of Paris:

So much better than a capella Sufjan. If the whole Warp thing doesn’t pan out, GBear’s got a future as a barbershop quartet.

Grizzly Bear – “On A Neck, On A Spit” (MP3)

Buy Yellow House 9/4.

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