Grizzly Bear sounds like a beautifully fragile tissue-paper float. But instead of chicken wire, the group's music is held together with layers of shimmering guitar, percolating melodies, and rustling percussion. Acolytes of early Pink Floyd's psychedelic folk, the Brooklyn quartet's echo-laden atmospherics and muted cosmic hues also recall the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, and Elliott Smith.
When the band's singer-guitarist, Ed Droste, released Horn of Plenty, 2004's lo-fi debut, Grizzly Bear was his solo project; Droste then added bandmates, who contributed to last year's critical fave Yellow House. That disc is richer, with less background fuzz and more well-crafted pop songs. Critics and fans often associate Grizzly Bear with the freak-folk movement. But the group seems more interested in majestic melodies than campfire strum.
This free show by one of last year's biggest buzz acts benefits Baldwin-Wallace College's radio station, WBWC 88.3. Urban Outfitters and Toyota are funding a series of these shows around the country, supporting noncommercial radio. Giveaways include a Toyota Yaris.
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