Billboard The Venue after work to see Grizzly Bear's sold out side show in support of their fantastic new album Shields. The opening act was Sydney musician Kirin J Callinan. He started solo on stage with just his guitar and some samples and then brought out a few female friends (including Pikelet) to play bass, drums, guitar and keyboards. It was quite an interesting set to watch as he took us on this sonic adventure with lots of different soundscapes.
I had a great position up the front for Grizzly Bear and was so excited to finally have the opportunity to watch them perform these richly layered songs in a live setting. Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen traded off on lead vocal duties throughout the night. They played most of Shields as well as songs from Veckatimest and Yellow House. There were many highlights throughout the nearly two hour long set, but my favorite songs were "Yet Again," "Sleeping Ute," "Two Weeks," "Gun-Shy" and "While You Wait For The Others," which had everyone singing along and their keyboard player fulfilling a band request to crowd surf. For the last song of the night we were treated to an acoustic version of "All We Ask." It was such an amazing show and a real privilege to see them play in a small club. Definitely go check them out live if you get the chance.
Here's the video for "Yet Again"