Grizzly Bear and Beach House at Palladium
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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.
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?)
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.
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.