the little bear: SOME NEWS AND REVIEWS

 the little bear has been making news with great reviews for her debut EP “Bridges”. If you haven’t yet, pick up a copy HERE. Check in with the little bear on her Facebook page to see where they are playing next.  Listen to ASCAPS “Audio Portrait” for the story behind the songs.  Now here’s what they’re saying:

“The Little Bear is a Nashville-based alt-indy-pop quartet featuring the songs and superb vocals of singer-songwriter Claire Guerreso. On “Bridges,” their EP, Guerreso sings about the emotional dynamics in relationships: the ups, downs and hurdles in between. She has a rich heartfelt voice and her finely crafted songs are passionate, honest and catchy” (BEHIND THE BEAT)

“Nashville’s The Little Bear has a plethora of sounds packed into their five track EP Bridges. Endlessly sweet melodies fuse with bittersweet lyrics and pop-infused compositions sit alongside melancholic string sections. There is a greater complexity to the album than one might glean from an initial listen.

“Puppy Love,” for example, is a short bopping pop tune with clapping backbeats and catchy hooks. It sounds like an utterly pleasant love song but with clever lyrics like, “If I read your Facebook wall I would know you just as well,” it’s actually about the pitfalls of blind affection. The album’s title track is a soft, lullaby-like anthem of childhood friendship and “Parachute” is a dark and, at times, hauntingly sad look at struggle and fear.

The Little Bear maintains the Nashville sound but with a special twist that makes it all their own. It is hard to peg the band into one specific genre. With so many styles happening all at once, they have created an album that is at times uplifting, at times heartbreaking, but one that never produces the same thing twice.” (PERFORMER MAGAZINE)

“The Little Bear’s newest EP, Bridges, sounds considerably more polished than its analog-only predecessor — likely a nod to the interest the band has garnered from some pretty big corners of the A&R world, where spray-painted tape cases are a less common sight. On the title track, singer and songwriter Claire Guerreso — who’s got the kind of voice that can turn a clattering club into a vacuum-sealed listening chamber in the matter of a few verses — delivers a disarming tale of “the love between children, and what it can do.”

If that sounds like such an uncool topic for a song, well, Guerreso is refreshingly unabashed in her songwriting, and is as uninterested in pretense as she is unafraid to risk sentimentality. But if you want cool, The Little Bear can do that too, though with their own bent. There’s a lilt to “Coldest Cloud” that will connect with fans of atmospheric indie rock a la Cortney Tidwell, but Guerreso twirls her vocals in a way that at times lands more like Blige than Bjork.” (NASHVILLE SCENE)


		
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BUY A MONKEY BOWL OR REO CD, GET ROBERT’S “MIXTAPE” FREE!

That’s right. For a little while, we’ll send you a CD ‘mixtape” of some of Robert’s favorite songs from “back in the day”, including his duet with Carlene Carter, “I Couldn’t Say No”. Just click HERE and pick Robert Ellis Orrall’s “Mistakes/Gravity”, or any Monkey Bowl CD. Oh yeah.

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SPACE. THE FINAL FRONTIER. COMING SOON.

Perry Shall is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the artwork, and “Space” is headed to the pressing plant soon. Monkey Bowl returns with their third release, and it’s their best yet.
Need to catch up? Pick up “Plastic 350” and “Ultimate” right here!

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THE LITTLE BEAR COMES TO 12th AND PORTER

Hey Nashvillians. Don’t miss a beary beary good show (sorry, couldn’t help it) on July 14th at 12th and Porter. Tix can be had right HERE and to get yourself ready for the event, pick up a copy of the EP HERE, or on iTunes right HERE. Have a beary good time.

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MONKEY BOWL ON NPR, NEW ALBUM COMING

NPR’S “To The Best Of Our Knowledge” just reposted this interview with Monkey Bowl producer Robert Ellis Orrall about the second MB album, “Ultimate”. It’s right HERE, courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio! It reminded us to tell you that Monkey Bowl’s new album, “Space”, is finished and mastered and headed to the factory. Release date details soon!

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“MORE LIKE BLIGE THAN BJORK”

The Nashville Scene’s Steve Haruch reviewed “Bridges” by the little bear this week, saying singer Claire Guerreso has “the kind of voice that can turn a clattering club into a vacuum-sealed listening chamber in the matter of a few verses….and is as uninterested in pretense as she is unafraid to risk sentimentality. But if you want cool, The Little Bear can do that too”. Hats off to the band for a great review, and if you havn’t picked up a copy of the EP, be sure and pick it up right now. You may find a sweet bonus packed in with CD, courtesy of Miss Guerreso!

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ART CIRCUS BACK IN STUDIO!

Art Circus is hard at work, back in the studio and well on their way to a brand new album. Working with new producers Orangebox and first album producer Robert Ellis Orrall (Taylor Swift, Cake Bake Betty), they have recorded 13 new tracks. And unlike the debut album, Art Circus has one lead singer, Halle Jane, shown here lending her amazing voice to the REO/Al Anderson song “Ten Nine Eight Seven Six Five Four”. So the countdown is officially on. Stay tuned!

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