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Yellow Bird Project: Rock T-shirts for a good cause

December 7, 2009 |  6:00 am

Grizzly Yellow Bird Project, a Canadian nonprofit organization that taps music artists to create T-shirts for charitable causes, has lured three of indie rock's most revered acts -- Grizzly Bear, Metric and Bloc Party -- to design tees for its holiday collection.

Pop-folk band Grizzly Bear's T-shirt -- which benefits the Brighter Planet Project Fund -- is pale pink, with a purple scribbled design on it meant to riff on the invention of the wheel (don't strain your craniums, Grizzly Bears!).

Angular indie-pop band Bloc Party, meanwhile, created a black tee emblazoned with a surreal and peaceful outdoor landscape (complete with fluttering butterflies). Proceeds from the shirt will benefit the Bread & Roses community fund, which seeks to address power and resource inequalities.

Longtime indie fave Metric's purple top -- which has yet to appear on the company's website -- allegedly features vibrant pinstripes and benefits MusiCounts.

All artist-designed tees are $25. And for hard-to-shop-for teens, they may be just the ticket this holiday.

--Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Grizzly Bear's ode to the invention of the wheel. Credit: Yellow Bird Project

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