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Grizzly Bear @ The Hollywood Palladium 10/20/09

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Maybe the greatest thing about Grizzly Bear, the thing that everyone should know, is this: They are totally enigmatic and impossible to pin down. Of course, this is what makes them difficult to write about and even more difficult to consider what it is that makes this foursome so appealing.

But appealing they are. Backed by a score of firefly lights, and an orchestral touch, the Brooklyn-based quartet played to a nearly-sold out audience Tuesday night at the Palladium in Hollywood, showcasing exactly why they are one of the greatest alternative bands in America right now. Tuesday night's Live Nation show was less a showcase of their present - though the tour is in support of their newest album - but an offering of how far they've come as a musical ensemble.

It's true, as one fan pointed out, that Grizzly Bear will not wow you with personality (on stage, that is. Online is a different matter). Having just seen The Decemberists the night before, this concert goer pointed at that lead singers Ed Droste and Daniel Rosen won't gab the audience as much Colin Meloy might and that Grizzly Bear is not prone to expansive costumes and props. But, as she conceded, their sound is utterly gorgeous and their visual stage appeal is completely captivating.