Friday, 26 July 2013 11:43

Indie Rock Best Bet: Grizzly Bear

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Grizzly Bear wsg Regal Degal
Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
Aug. 3, 7 p.m.
$43 for members, $45 for public
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580

While the four baby-faced members of New York indie rock outfit Grizzly Bear look more like teddy bears than the godless killing machines feared throughout all of Colbert-nation (don’t pretend like you don’t know what we’re talking about), don’t mistake the group’s perceived cuddliness for a lack of ferocity. Sporting a sonic wall of sound that has been filed under various labels, like folk-rock, psychedelic-pop, and experimental – a musical genre which, for us at least, conjures up images of dissecting an alien corpse on a cold surgical table and somehow that’s musical – the quartet has been performing since 2002 and can already claim a successive slew of albums to its credit. Currently on tour in support of its latest release, 2012’s Shields, Grizzly Bear is set to bring its folksy roar to the Frederik Meijer Gardens in an evening sure to be as full of honey as blood. Grizzly or teddy, these bears are ready to rock.

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