Radio City Music Hall
Monday, September 24
Better than: Watching replacement refs ruin the NFL.
A mere three songs into Grizzly Bear's two-hour set at Radio City Music Hall last night, the band already managed to exceed expectations. Singer Daniel Rossen stood proudly at center stage before the crowd, engulfed in a swirling rainbow of light. Behind him, a collection of at least 18 individual orb-shaped lanterns bounced around, appearing like large white roses lit up with candles, slowly and distinctly moving and circling each other in rhythm. "Dreamed a long day, just wandering free," he crooned. To both his left and right, the rest of the Brooklyn four-piece wailed on their instruments, cranking out "Sleeping Ute" at its highest throttle. The track is the lead single from their fourth and most recent record, Shields, which was released earlier this month -- and on this evening, the song's sonic eruption of fluttering and polished guitar work combined with its whimsical lyricism to set the appropriate tone for the rest of the show.More »