Grizzly Bear
New York act Grizzly Bear are set to embark on their first major U.S. tour in support of Yellow House, their Warp Records debut. Recently, the band handled opening duties for the sold out TV On The Radio tour, in addition to three successful European jaunts. This tour kicks off in Philadelphia on February 1st and wraps up in New York on March 6th at the Bowery Ballroom. Fellow NY band Dirty Projectors and SF's Papercuts will be support for a majority of the dates.

2006 is shaping up to be a great year for the band. Yellow House is a well-received affair, topping year-end lists from websites and print publications across the globe (some of the highlights include Pitchforkmedia's "BEST NEW MUSIC" and a Rolling Stone "BREAKING" feature). At radio, their live performances have got the band in high demand, with visits to WXPN's World Cafe, BBC Radio 1 and 6, KEXP (NYC and Seattle), KMCP The Current, and most recently WNYC Soundcheck. There is also a video and radio single for their song "Knife" in the works, due out early next year.

Yellow House is the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Horn of Plenty. YH reintroduces the band as a four piece on record, and has captured their amazing live dynamic in the studio. It was produced and mixed by the Grizzly Bear's Christopher Taylor. The band has come a long way in the past two years. From its original incarnation as a one man band of acoustic guitar, field tapes and drum machine; to it's current state as a full band complete with drums, two guitars, bass, woodwinds, effects pedals, cradled by four part harmonies, Grizzly Bear's music has made the leap from charming lo-fi folk rock to breathtaking, experimental cinematic pop. The talent between the four members of Grizzly Bear is evident from their deft playing, which also makes for a brilliant and engrossing live act.

02.01 | Philadelphia PA | Johnny Brenda's *
02.02 | Boston, MA | Museum Of Fine Arts*
02.03 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse *
02.04 | Montreal, QUE | Main Hall *
02.05 | Ottawa, ON | Barrymore's*
02.06 | Toronto, ON | Lee's Palace*
02.08 | Ann Arbor, MI | Blind Pig # *
02.09 | Chicago, IL | Subterranean *
02.10 | Minneapolis, MN | 7th St Entry*
02.11 | Iowa City | The Picador *
02.13 | Denver, CO | Larimer Lounge
02.14 | Salt Lake City, UT | Kilby Court
02.16 | Seattle, WA | Neumo's **
02.17 | Vancouver, BC | Plaza Club **
02.18 | Portland, OR | Mission Theatre**
02.20 | San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall**
02.21 | Los Angeles, CA | Troubadour **
02.23 | Tucson, AZ | Plush **
02.24 | Marfa, TX | Ballroom Marfa **
02.26 | Norman, OK | Opolis **
02.27 | Dallas, TX | Club Dada **
02.28 | Austin, TX | Emo's Jr **
03.01 | Baton Rouge, LA | Chelsea's **
03.02 | Atlanta, GA | Drunken Unicorn **
03.03 | Chapel Hill, NC | Local 506 **
03.04 | Washington DC | Black Cat **
03.06 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom **
*w/ Dirty Projectors
**w/ Papercuts
#w/ Akron Family

One of the year's best records - [Review- 8.7/10 Best New Music] PITCHFORK

...Sounds alternately like Sgt. Pepper –era Beatles and a lost Elliot Smith album- [Breaking Feature] ROLLING STONE

The band makes use of an impressive array of instruments- clarinet, piano, banjo, autoharp, xylophone, flute, recorder, electronics- to create a sound that is by turns haunting, lonely, joyful and rollicking - [Gen F Feature] THE FADER

...Every echoed flute part is essential, bulking up tracks such as the soul embalmingly beautiful "Knife" and the cherubic "Little Brother" into bright burning post rock epics- more like My Bloody Valentine jamming with a ghostly choir than any folk troupe [Live Review] NME

Grizzly Bear's gorgeously hazy second disc is a major leap forward [Review] NPR

Grizzly Bear's Yellow House is a sweeping masterpiece - [Review] XLR8R

Taking the vocabulary of post- rock and merging it with the band's taste for dusty, orchestral Americana- [Review - 91%] FILTER

A woozy, whimsical redirection in the spirit of Skip Spence, Van Dyke Parks and Bert Jansch - [Feature Review - 4/5 Stars] URB

...Grizzly Bear has created an album packed with details. The outstanding closer "Colorado" possesses a grandeur that matches the rocky states vistas. What distinguishes "Colorado" and much of the album - are lush vocal harmonies, lilting melodies, delicate vocal arrangements, and big production - [Review] HARP

[Published on: 12/12/06]

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Rebacreates Tue 12/12/2006 02:15PM
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I'l pass on the trendy emo stuff, thanks anyways jambase.

jerryil star Tue 12/12/2006 04:03PM
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It is appearantly time to hold an intervention for the folks at Jambase. They have to be smoking crack to recommend this music to their loyal readers. C'mon guys, take off you black t-shirts and get happy!

MusicIsMath starstarstar Tue 12/12/2006 04:03PM
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Funny, Grizzly Bear isnt close to being emo. Excellent generalization though brah! Thanks for the update Jambase. Way to keep the music diversified!

sqmeal starstarstar Tue 12/12/2006 06:07PM
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Too many people feel the need to complain about the variety of music featured by Jambase. Some of you need to take of your tie dye shirt and realize there is a diverse musical world out there.

jerryil star Tue 12/12/2006 07:35PM
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First of all.... I don't wear tie dye's. Secondly, I am as eclectic as can be in terms of my musical choice. I personally don't buy all of this bring down, depressing, pure noise that jambase promotes lately. Here's a great example. MMJ! They are all over jambase. I think, they must be great, right? Enter High Sierra Fest 2006. Late Night.... you can't even give a ticket away. Main Stage..... most empty you will ever see the Grandstand during the festival. There is a reason for this..... they ARE NOT THAT GOOD! They are depressing, and I will break out my old Skid Row and Poison videos if I want to watch a bunch of guys bang their heads. What are the editors thinking. Those guys are not that good. I understand that there are bands or artists that I like that others may not, as well. I am just frustrated with Jambase. I made the comment before and I'll make it again. "I truly miss the days when a gold star from Jambase meant that a band WAS GOLD!" I use to rely on the advice from these musical guru's. I'm better off sifting through You Tube and Watching the new season of American Idol for prospects now............ How's that for diversity!?

Glenn star Tue 12/12/2006 07:44PM
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its just an image. dont buy it.

MusicIsMath starstarstar Wed 12/13/2006 12:24AM
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It's all a matter of perspective. You dont wear tye dyes, and not all people who listen to indie rock wear black t-shirts and are depressed. By saying "I personally don't buy all of this bring down, depressing, pure noise that jambase promotes lately.", you seem to be lumping anything that could be described as indie rock into one big category, and by doing so your making a completley unfounded genralization about a wide and diverse music scene, that covers all ends of the musical and emotional spectrum. Its just like when people who have never listened to any sort of jam music say shit like " I can't stand all that fluffy, hippy-dippy, repetitive jamband garbage", when they maybe have listened to a portion of a Tweezer jam, or a couple random songs by say SCI or moe.
You cite MMJ as an example of one of these depressing, bring down bands. Well I find MMJ's music to be energetic, cerebral, uplifting, and at the same time emotional and very soulful. I enjoy the uniqueness of Jim James vocals. They also have a high energy live show.The fact that their High Sierra late night show was empty doesn't mean they arent a good band. High Sierra is an extremely jam-oriented festival, so I wouldnt expect a group thats not necessarily affiliated with the jam scene to have a big crowd when other jam acts are playing, especially late night. The fact of the matter is that music is completely subjective. It affects and appeals to people on many different levels. Im sorry that you arent able to trust Jambase's reviews anymore due to the influx of artists from outside the jam scene. But a good portion of Jambase readers appreciate the news and reviews of indie, electronic, hip-hop, etc. Festivals like Bonnaroo and Langerado have bridged the gaps between all these genres of music, so naturally there should be coverage of these artists on this site. So thanks again Jambase for continuing to branch out.

jerryil star Wed 12/13/2006 08:41AM
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Musi is Math. I appreciate you well written, supportive argument. All I can say is: I always go to a bands website / myspace / archive and listen before I judge. I have suggested before (to Kaycee) that jambase change it's name to reflect it's changes over the years. Although he said that wouldn't happen, he didn't argue that maybe it was true and a good idea. Maybe it's time someone start up a new site that reflects what jambase use to be? Again, thank you for having substance to your story, I appreciate that far more than straight mudslinging.

lovemusicfood starstar Wed 12/13/2006 10:16AM
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There are some indie bands that jam (long sections with improvising that sometimes peak out) some more than "jam bands"... Mogwai... Saxon Shore... Do Make Say Think... Godspeed You Black Emperor... even Built to Spill has 10-20 tunes with long improvised solos. Bridge that gap. I don't even want to get into the hundreds of jazz oriented groups that could be covered by a "jam" publication. Bridge that gap.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/13/2006 12:30PM
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this is why i love jambase. i've been turned on to another great band.

as for the conversation, anyone who describes the music of my morning jacket as depressing is just plain silly. same goes for anyone who would call the grizzly bears "emo". thier sound would make lennon, waters and wilson proud.

and there's mention of how jambase used to be. i've been using this site since the first day it was launched. it's the same basic idea now as it was 7 years ago. a database of bands and shows with articles and reviews that are reflective of the current "jam" or as i like to call it "music fiend" scene.

McL starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/14/2006 01:55PM
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Nershi forbid that Jambase, a music website, try and encourage it's readers to check out new music.

Yellow House is in my Top 5 albums of 2007. It's sublimely gorgeous. Can't wait for this tour. I missed out last fall because they ditched their headlining tour to open for TVOTR.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 12/14/2006 10:59PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

grizzly bear is amazing! after all, it was tv on the radio who handpicked them to embark on their nost recent fall tour.