Well hot damn. We are wicked stoked to be playing Midpoint. There are so many fantastic bands on this bill.

Let me tell you something, the idea in my head after I first saw Leah play viola and sing in a duo was, “we can steal her and then Bi Bear can sould like Superchunk and New Pornographers had a baby, and Cheap Trick is the babysitter.”

I think it worked. So playing on the same festival as New Pornographers is thrilling for us.

And the Charli Bliss record makes me want to drink a million beers and pogo. I hope the schedule lets us catch them.

And Ampline are our great buddies. beyond that, they are phenomenal. Broken Social Scene are fantastic, too. And I’ve been hearing great things about Aaron Lee Tasjan. We’re super happy.

Let rock and roll be our light.

The world’s going dark. Let rock and roll be our light. Right?

We’ve got a few really excellent shows coming up. In February we’ll be sharing the Big Room stage with the most excellent She Bears.

In April, we’re doing a handful of shows with some of our heroes… Split Single (Jason Narducy of Bob Mould’s band, Superchunk, Verbow and more) and R.Ring – the beautiful, angular duo of Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Amps) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline, Thistle). Hot damn!

Thank You!

Hey, friends. Thanks for making our release shows in Newport/Cincy, Indy and Columbus such blistering successes. We are seriously grateful.

If you haven’t nabbed a copy of Doubt & Distortion, you can do so here:

Vinyl and CDs
Google Play

We hope to see you at the Andyman-a-thon on Dec. 18 at the Big Room Bar.

Happy Thanksgiving, buddies!

Big show at the Big Room Bar on Saturday

ALL AGES! EARLY SHOW!  $5 / $7 for under 21 Big Room Bar – 1036 S Front St Columbus OH 43206 United States 8:30 PM – Yellow Paper Planes 9:30 PM – R Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery) 10:30 PM – Bicentennial Bear Saturday is big for a myriad of reasons. It’s our last, official, Columbus show until our LP release show on November 20. It’s the first time we’ve ever shared a bill with Kelley Deal. KELLEY DEAL. One half of R Ring and some other bands that prolly soundtracked a few make-out sessions for you at a lights out party in Meredith’s basement in 1994. It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve played a show with Mike Montgomery, certified rock and roll Mensa Sith lord. And the other half of R Ring. Yellow Paper Planes are evolving into a gem of a rock band and they are kicking things off early. All ages. Early show. You can be in bed by midnight. But beyond all that – and proof that I was a turrible Journalism student, since I’ve buried the lede – is what really makes this night important. Our good pals, Justin Hemminger and Kyle Sowash, have teamed up with one of the last, real, independent radio stations in America and unleashed a badass little rock club and restaurant on us. Justin and Kyle have been scheming this shit for years. And if Friday night was any hint of what’s to come, well, come often. What? The club is attached to the CD102.5 studios. It’s their Big Room, and now it’s open to the public. It’s like a Slovenian social hall or Grampa’s VFW hang, but with a much better menu and premium beers. It’s your kinda joint. So anyhow, I’m real proud of my dudes, Kyle and Justin, and Randy Malloy at CD101 for that matter. And I’m honored to be a part of the inaugural weekend. So come out on Saturdee. The show starts early. And the wieners and beers will be tasty.

Oh, yeah. We have a website.

How about a show? Yesh. That sounds golden.

Please come out to the Tree Bar on Friday, April 11. It’s a fantastic line-up:

Music starts at 9:30 sharp!

11 + 2 = 12 + 1
* Keith Novicki + Joel Walter = the good noises

Those Mockingbirds
* New Jersey upstarts with a ton of great press and the songs to back it up

Alone At 3AM
* super catchy, smart alt-country from Cincy on Tiberius/Sofaburn

Bicentennial Bear
* fuzzy and angular pop from Miranda Sound, Denovo & Last Hotel alums

In summary, Bi Bear will play around Midnight. Come early, stay late, grab a shirt.


Comfest and Corncobs

Man, getting the call from the Comfest committee still feels good, no matter how old one is. And, so, here we are, prepping to tear it up on the Off Ramp stage on Sunday at 2:50 sharp.

Everybody with half a brain knows that Sunday is funday at Comfest.  The corncob quotient is low, as most of the morons who can’t hold their hoppy CBC drafts are exhausted and hungover to hell by that point in the weekend.  Thus, a handsome collection of good natured folks usually gather around the tent by mid-afternoon on Sunday.  And there we shall be, loud and happy as hell, dropping the hammer.  2:50.  Don’t be late.

Happy Comfest!

Time’s Making Changes

Duh-udes.  It’s been like forever.  Since we last spoke, my wife gave birth to pretty much the awesomest little dude you could ever meet (his name is Five and we love him like crazy and his favorite musical movement thus far seems to be the Muppets rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody).

Thanks to twitter/facebook/google+/sharpies/carrier pigeons, we fail to post here as often as we should.  OR —-> DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED REGARDING PEOPLE WHO BLOG ABOUT MUNDANE GARBAGE JUST TO CLEAR THEIR HEADS. Anyhow, the moral of the rant is that we typically only post here when we have news that is substantial.  Well. This news is substantial!

Scott Haynes is playing his last show with the Bear on Saturday.  Anyone who owns “Lost Summers” knows how great of a player he is and how muy dificil he’ll be to replace, so you should probably come out to Kobo to see him ring the bell one last time.

The bill is packed with solid music:

Dune – Athenian (Ohio) sludge.

Kerosene Circuit – no frills & big hooks from Dubuque featuring our great friend Aaron Hefel.

Son of the Sun: real tasty treats from Buffalo.

We’ll keep you in the loop regarding our next move.  But in the meantime, come rock with us on Saturday.  RSVP right here.