Grizzly Bear is the kind of band that sneaks up on you. Its atmospheric, richly textured songs take time to process, its hooks less overt than your typical Indie Rock outfit’s. The band’s four multitalented members are just as understated in personality and presentation, all of which makes Grizzly Bear’s steady upward trajectory somewhat surprising — its latest album, 2012’s Shields, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts just as the group was coming to Cincinnati to headline last year’s MidPoint Music Festival.
Formed in 2002 as a solo project of singer Edward Droste, it wasn’t long before the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based quartet became a fully functioning creative unit that includes drummer Christopher Bear, guitarist/vocalist Daniel Rossen and multi-instrumentalist/production guru Chris Taylor, all of whom contributed to 2006’s Yellow House and 2009’s Vekatimest, a Pitchfork-approved breakthrough that found the band moving from underground curiosities to world-renowned Folk Pop maestros.
Grizzly Bear performs 8 p.m.
Friday at the Taft Theatre with Regal Degal. $27.50. tafttheatre.org.