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Grizzly Bear and Beach House at Palladium

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Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

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Last night New York band Grizzly Bear made its Palladium debut to a packed house of head-nodders and quiet groovers. It was a night in which the human voice reigned supreme.

click to enlarge Victoria Legrand of Beach House - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Victoria Legrand of Beach House

Beach House, from Baltimore and newly signed to Sub Pop records, opened, and offered sublime, echoed buzz-pop. The centerpiece of their sound is singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand, whose deep, raspy voice is simply stunning. (Fun fact: did you know that she's the niece of superstar French composer/pianist Michel Legrand?)

click to enlarge Grizzly Bear's gradual ascendence over the past few years has been fun to watch - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Grizzly Bear's gradual ascendence over the past few years has been fun to watch

Last spring, Grizzly Bear performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall alongside the LA Philharmonic. Last night the band played another iconic LA venue, the Hollywood Palladium.

click to enlarge Fans of baroque, harmonic indie rock came to the right place - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Fans of baroque, harmonic indie rock came to the right place

The Palladium, in one sense, is the perfect venue for the band. Its wide open floor and vast ceiling creates a natural echo that deepened Grizzly Bear's sound.

click to enlarge Ed Droste, founder of Grizzly Bear, on the autoharp - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Ed Droste, founder of Grizzly Bear, on the autoharp

But, honestly, the venue paled in comparison to Disney. Since Grizzly Bear is decidedly not a dance band, but more like a chamber band, the contrast between the two venues was a lot to overcome. That said, in the year-and-a-half since the Disney show, the band has released the critically acclaimed Veckatimest, has garned a ton of attention and drawn a whole new legion of fans. It's not fair to compare the two.

click to enlarge Daniel Rossen - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Daniel Rossen

Singer/guitarist Daniel Rossen gave a shout-out to LA, which is his hometown. The crowd embraced him as one of their own.

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  • Timothy Norris

The audience was quiet, respectful and dead still throughout the evening. The row of burly security guards who protected the band from the crowd had an easy night; this was not a stage-diving or moshing crowd, to say the least.

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Rather, it was an audience who came to appreciate beauty.

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