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Grizzly Bear w/Unknown Mortal Orchestra 

When: Tue., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $35
Grizzly Bear, with their own brand of kooky folk from Brooklyn, will play in Nashville on the same night their new album Shields debuts. The album, which has been leaked in bits and pieces over the past few months, is a mix of poised piano, elegant guitar riffs and haunting harmonies. As transcendent as Explosions in the Sky, yet as gloomy as Morrissey, Grizzly Bear can sometimes sound a little bit like the Beach Boys slitting their wrists. But hey, I mean that in the best way possible. The first single from Shields, “Sleeping Ute,” was released at the beginning of June, and it projects a peculiar mix of whimsy and power that feels like the musical equivalent of getting it on. Notably, their 2009 single “Two Weeks” carried as much art-rock muscle, but the three-year wait between albums has made the nerds squirm to hear something new. Grizzly Bear will play with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a gritty, spacey mindfuck that should prime the pump for the Grizzly’s funk.
— Amanda Haggard

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