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Snapshots: Middle of the Map headliners

Grizzly Bear Many indie rock bands find success by lashing out at past conventions as they forge revolutionary sounds. Grizzly Bear, one of the most critically celebrated acts of the past five years, is different. The audacious ambition of the band’s lauded albums resembles the most complex recordings of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. As with those groundbreaking acts, the deceptively smooth veneer of the Brooklyn-based quartet’s music belies emotional epiphanies and insidious sonic inventiveness. The Joy Formidable Fans of the Joy Formidable fall into one of two camps. The first set of listeners admire the Welsh...