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Why you should listen to Bear in Heaven’s new album in a thunderstorm

Bear in Heaven | Photo by  Shawn Brackbill
Bear in Heaven | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Bear In Heaven’s latest record, Time is Over One Day Old, has a telling song called “Dissolve the Walls.” It song starts off as a faraway confusion of conversation, blitzy synth running down a long tunnel as an upbeat womanly chorus chants: “Let the walls dissolve/ till there’s no room at all/ there’s no ceiling, no floor/ no windows, no door.”

Given this particular track and the cover art of the 2014 album (on which I can’t help but see a galactic rolling paper), you might think you could easily file it under ‘other worldly weirdness,’ right next to 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the group never has stopped with just one sonic style compartment, so you really can’t file this album as a whole under anything (and not next to any of the group’s previous releases, either).

“We’re always talking about output or creation, so it’s certainly not this, ‘alright, let’s definitely make this an effort to strip things back…’” says Adam Wills, guitarist and co-founder of Bear in Heaven, and writer of the song. The group, which headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight, began 10 years ago as a project between Wills and co-founder/vocalist Jon Philpot. Continue reading →

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Get friendly with Bear In Heaven, Ought, The Front Bottoms and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren

After a special all-sessions edition for the 4th of July holiday, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in full force tonight at 10pm on XPN! There’s a little bit of catching up to do, new music-wise, so tune in for brand new tracks from newly released and just-announced albums. We’ll dig into the debut release from the Montreal-based art-punk band Ought, and hear a few of these fine recordings in the mix:


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My (Delayed) Morning Download: “The Reflection of You” by Bear In Heaven

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

The Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven played last night at the First Unitarian Church. Their excellent indie electronica pop sounding new album, I Love You, It’s Cool, is out on Dead Oceans Records. You can download the song “The Reflection of You” below.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Bear In Heaven, Twin Shadow, and Sun Airway at Johnny Brenda’s

Bear In Heaven
Bear In Heaven

Philadelphia’s Sun Airway returns home from tour with a couple of new friends in tow: Bear In Heaven and Twin Shadow. Both acts hail from Brooklyn, are kind of a big deal on the Internet, and dabble in the kind of experimental electro-pop that makes them perfect touring partners for a band like Sun Airway; but, while the local electronic duo has been on the road with the former for the last month (in support of the recently released Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier—which is easily one of our favorite Philly albums of 2010), they only hooked up with the latter last night. Sun Airway will take the opening slot during their own homecoming show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, but they’ll be the first to tell you it’s for a good reason: Bear In Heaven’s 2009 Beast Rest Fourth Mouth and Twin Shadow’s 2010 Forget have garnered consistent critical acclaim since their respective releases—and neither act is one that most bands would want to follow up on stage. Sun Airway opens for Bear In Heaven and Twin Shadow at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: Kate Nash + Peggy Sue at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $33.25)