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Listen to Grizzly Bear’s new “Mourning Sound,” see them at The Fillmore in November

Grizzly Bear | photo courtesy of the artist

Grizzly Bear has at long last announced a follow up to their 2012 indie-pop masterpiece, Shields. The new LP is called Painted Ruins and is set to be released on August 18th.

Though it’s been a while since new tunes, you can rest assured that Grizzly Bear wasn’t hibernating during this absence of jams. (Note: I am so very sorry for that. My dad would be too proud.) Continue reading →

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Listen to Lushlife cover Grizzly Bear for Rough Trade’s A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away initiative

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Lushlife at Johnny Brenda’s 2/27/16 | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Philly rapper Lushlife is the latest to appear on Rough Trade Publishing’s A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away initiative, a response to the 2017 election where daily music for the first 90 days of 2017 will rally support and raise funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

For the project, Lushlife presents a cover of “Foreground,” a song from Grizzly Bear’s acclaimed 2009 album Veckatimest — and though it begins with his signature flow backed by psychedelic boom-bap production, it quickly takes a melodic turn, giving us a listen to a different side of Lushlife main man Raj Haldar: the melodic vocalist. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear plays solo at Underground Arts on 4/14

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

L.A. singer/songwriter Daniel Rossen will perform a solo, seated and intimate show at Underground Arts on April 14th. Best known for his work with Grizzley Bear and Department of Eagles, Rossen released his solo debut EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile in March of 2012. Find tickets for the Spring show here. Prep for the show by revisiting his World Cafe session below.

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Download Diplo’s remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Will Calls”

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Diplo has worked his remixing magic again, and this time it’s with indie-rockers Grizzly Bear on the song, “Will Calls.” The original version of the song was recorded before the band started their official tracking for Shields, released earlier this month on Shields Expanded and Shields B-Sides. Diplo’s remix is a slow build into the groove that totally respects the vocal from Grizzly Bear’s lead singer, Ed Droste, and the beat skitters soulfully in a way that “My Love” by Justin Timberlake does. Download or stream it below.

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Listen: Grizzly Bear give and get the remix treatment

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines
Of the many Record Store Day exclusive limited edition releases was a split 12-inch with a remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute” by electronica musician Nicolas Jaar and Jaar’s remix of “Lux” by Brian Eno. Grizzly Bear, who are on the lineup at the Firefly Festival in June, did a remix of “Entertainment” by Phoenix. Listen to it below on Spotify or via Grizzly Bear Galore.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Secret Mountains, Grizzly Bear and Tamarin

Baltimore band Secret Mountains were the subject of Weathervane Music’s latest Shaking Through episode.  Tasked with writing a complete song in two days, the dreamy folk six-piece came up with the beautifully meaningful “High Horses”.  You can download it for free below, and watch the episode here.

Local emcee Ethel Cee was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. The deftly talented rapper has a background in slam poetry performance but latched onto hip-hop after experimenting with adding music to her spoken word pieces.  Head here to watch the video of Ethel Cee’s performance and download “End It On This” below.

Witty hip-hop group Ground Up dropped their new mixtape on Tuesday over at datpiff.com.  The Philly trio will be playing a record release party at The TLA on September 29th but before then, get yourself a download of the album below.

 

Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear had a smash with 2009’s Veckatimest.  Now they’re back with a new collection of songs featured on the just-released album Shields.  “Yet Again” is one of those tracks that hooks right into your brain, in a good way.  You can get a free download of the track below in exchange for your email.

Tamarin is a local folky band with some real country twang.  They are releasing a new album on October 9th called Shake the Ghost and to get you ready, they’ve posted the song “Seems a Laugh” as a free download on their Soundcloud.  Take a listen below.

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Philly lo-fi disco duo Night Panther covers Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday)


As though the song couldn’t get any catchier already, Philly lo-fi disco duo Night Panther – descendants of White Birds and Drink Up Buttercup – recorded and released a cover of Grizzly Bear’s hit “Two Weeks” last month. It’s a bright and blooming rendition, reaching for (and getting close to) Passion Pit stratospheres. Download it below, and catch the band in concert this Saturday night, September 15, when it performs at Kung Fu Necktie with Maria Minerva. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 and available here.

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Grizzly Bear announce new album and tour (playing nowhere in Philly yet!)


Grizzly Bear have announced the release of its new album on September 18th. The album is yet-to-be-titled and the band launch a massive tour in the Fall. No Philly date has been scheduled yet. If you have any concern at all that Grizzly Bear won’t play Philly, the band will be in Washington, D.C on September 20th and 21st and in New York on September 24th. Complete tour information is here. Below, listen to the new song “Sleeping Ute.”

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Preview: This month’s Shaking Through with Family Band (curated by Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen)

Family Band is the Catskills-based duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin. The two recently recorded a session for Shaking Through, WXPN and Weathervane Music’s online video and audio initiative for emerging bands. The session was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

The full episode will be released on Tuesday, September 20th. Below, watch a preview of that session for the song “Again.”