Moore Theatre Belltown
Fri., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Recommended by Todd Hamm
There’s a small irony in the fact that Grizzly Bear have made their most cohesive album now that members of the originally all-New York band are split between coasts, but the truth is that sometimes art—and the artist—needs space to breathe. Released in August, Painted Ruins, Grizzly Bear’s first album since 2012’s Shields, balances their progressive folk harmonies and striking indie-rock melodies as well as the best moments from Veckatimest, and have traded most of their cerebral wandering for songs that rarely, if ever, lose momentum.