Posted by: Nick | August 4, 2008

REVIEW: Grizzly Bear @ The 930 – 8/2

Squeezed between a Friday set at Lollapalooza and a Sunday set opening for Radiohead in Indianapolis, Grizzly Bear played at the 930 Listening Room (which has a capacity of around 450). This was the first time that the Brooklyn based band had ever played in Kentucky, so they made the most of it (both on and off the stage), eating breakfast at Lynn’s, dinner at Smokehouse USA and after-show drinks at the Nachbar.  Sounds like a normal Saturday to me.

Grizzly Bear was able to break away from their opener and festival sets and play a few different tunes for the crowd at The 930.  A lack of time and venues the size of small cities have prevented them from playing songs like “Easier” and “Colorado,” but we got the benefit of hearing both.  At the same time, GB still played crowd favorites like “On a Neck, On a Spit,” “Knife” and “Little Brother” (all from Yellow House, a simply fantastic album).  Sprinkled in there were a few new songs (very early previews of next April’s new album).   One of the new songs was “Two Weeks” that has been popping up on all of the blogs (including ours, see below) and they played it on Letterman a week or two ago (no pun intended).  They ended their set with my favorite song from the Friends EP, “While You Wait for the Others” to a standing ovation.

Grizzly Bear returned to the stage for a one-song encore, playing a cover of the Phil Spector/Carole King song “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss).”  Here are a few lyrics from the song (listen to the whole song below):

He couldn’t stand to hear me say
That i’d been with someone new
And when i told him i had been untrue
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me and i knew he loved me

This song choice is particularly interesting due to the venue in which they were playing.  Lead singer Ed Droste is openly gay and Sojourn Church (where the 930 is located) preaches that homosexuality is a sin and ought to be reformed.  Here is the recent LEO story regarding the Church and Pastor Mike Cosper’s response.   Droste said afterward that he thought about dedicating the song, but decided against it.  Regardless, it was a chord struck that The Crystals probably couldn’t foresee back in 1962.  That aside, from a vibe perspective, I thought the 930 was a perfect fit for GB.  I was able to sit back in a comfortable chair, sip on some coffee, and let the music relax my mind and body.

Grizzly BearTwo Weeks
Grizzly BearHe Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)

We’ll have some pics of the Radiohead show in Indy up soon, but in the meantime……

Set List and More Pics from this show below the break…


  1. 2 Hud (new)
  2. Little Brother
  3. Service Bell
  4. Knife
  5. Easier
  6. Fine for Now (new)
  7. Colorado
  8. Two Weeks (new)
  9. FIx It
  10. On a Neck, On a Spit
  11. While You Wait for the Others
  12. ENCORE: He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)


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