Entries tagged with: Grimes
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Grimes at Metro on 10.23.2012
Grimes brought her tour with Elite Gymnastics and Myths through Chicago on Tuesday night (10/23) for a sold-out show at Metro. Were you there? What did you think? Check out some more shots from that show, including ones of "dancers" crawling around the stage with stuffed animals, over at BrooklynVegan.
My Morning Jacket @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
today in Chicago
* Yeasayer, Daughn Gibson @ the Vic
* Gary War, Running, Dusty Bibles @ Empty Bottle
* My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses @ Pritzker Pavilion
* Houtakker, Adam Lempel, Julie Byrne @ The Burlington
* Wayne's World vs. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure @ Lincoln Hall (Free Screenings)
* Evil Twin Sister, Baron Von Something, Brad Brubaker & The Crowd Goes Wild @ Township
Yeasayer headline the Vic tonight. They have a crazy new stage setup, which they debuted a small portion of on Fallon the other night. It was designed in collaboration with The Creators Project, and you can check out a few photos of it at their website.
Lincoln Hall are screening Wayne's World and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure tonight for free.
Grimes, who is playing Metro in October, has a new video for "Genesis." Watch it below.
Bob Mould has a new video for "The Descent." Check it out below.
Twin Shadow @ BAM in May (BKLYN) (more by David Andrako)
Here is your formal welcome to festival season in Chicago. Pitchfork Fest just wrapped up, Lollapalooza is just two-weeks away, and after/side party announcements are beginning to pour in. FILTER and the Empty Bottle are taking over the Logan Square Auditorium on August 2 & 3 to host FREE parties with some pretty great lineups.
Twin Shadow (who also plays Lincoln Hall that week), Neon Indian, and Passion Pit DJs (who play a full-band set at the House of Blues) will be performing on August 2. Grimes, The Big Pink (who also play Subterranean), and THENEWN02 will be playing on August 3. Admission is free w/ RSVP (21+ only) and both events stretch until 2AM.
Wild Flag / Sleigh Bells
Day 2 of the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival happened on Saturday (7/14) with sets from Grimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Nicolas Jaar and more. We've already got pictures of day 2 up on BrooklynVegan, and here's another set of pics for BV Chicago.
I began my Saturday at the Blue Stage for The Atlas Moth, whose bluesy doom was an appropriate fit for the grey weather we had early on at the fest. Vocalist and guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos flashed a friendly peace sign that contrasted the aggression of his high, crackling scream. The interweaving riffs of the three guitarists give a lively edge to the band's slow, doomy rhythms. They were later joined by Chicago jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch, who previously lent her skills to a track on The Atlas Moth's 2011 album An Ache For the Distances, and de facto Chicago rock saxophonist Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Bloodiest. Lamont also performed with The Atlas Moth at SXSW 2012, and just last week contributed to The Black Lips' performances at The Empty Bottle and West Fest.
Cloud Nothings started on the cheerier end of their 2012 album Attack On Memory opening with "Fall In" and following with "Stay Useless". The rain began after "Separation," and it was down-pouring by the noisy bridge of "Wasted Days" a couple songs later. The stage hands covered the floor monitors with tarps before the PA system was shut off entirely, leaving the band jamming at stage volume. When frontman Dylan Baldi went to sing and found his mic off, the crowd took over the chant of "I thought I would be more than this" before Cloud Nothings closed out their set. They seemed disappointed, but great set nonetheless.
The sky had cleared by the time Bradford Cox took the stage as Atlas Sound, decked out in a straw hat, white face paint and a harmonica hanging angularly from his neck. Like most Atlas Sound shows, it was just Bradford and his acoustic guitar on stage, but he creates layers of sound with the loop and effect pedals that he runs it through.
The rain picked up again for Liturgy, who have disintegrated from a black metal quartet into a guitar duo backed by programmed drums. This was not the kind of set that you casually walked away from; it either captivated or repelled. The bizarre electronic drum tones might have fit better with dance music, but instead followed chunky, mechanical rhythms which usually synced up well, but lacked the dynamics that used to be provided by live drummer Greg Fox.. At one point, frontman Hunter Hunt Hendrix gave a solo vocal performance that involved him looping his voice into a strange, twisted chant, which stood in contrast to the howling and yelping scream he produced during the rest of the set.
The sun made its final return by the time Flying Lotus began his set. He spun bits of A$AP Rocky, a sped up Schoolboy Q, and the beat to "Niggas in Paris," mixed with pieces of his own abstract recordings. He was joined mid-set by rapper and Brainfeeder label mate Azizi Gibson, who also played the Brainfeeder showcase that night.
After a long set up and some volume issues with the PA, Nicolas Jaar and his live band began creating a swell of noise before settling into a cool electronic R&B groove. Though some of the band's mics were too quiet, the set was still enjoyable.
Back at the Blue Stage, Schoolboy Q walked on stage and yelled "Pitchfork, what it fuckin' do?" He later made a comment about being faded, a mental state fans might have expected from the lyrics of "Hands On the Wheel," which was heard during both his and Flying Lotus' sets. Many of his songs work in a party setting, but there is a dark sense to it. He made sure to keep the energy up, jumping and yelling more aggressively than heard in his recordings.
Hardcore fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor had camped out in front of the Green Stage for a couple hours prior to their set, though it was still possible to get a good spot, about as far back as the sound booth, fifteen or so minutes before they began. The proximity of the stages made it easy to catch any artist for an acceptable amount of time, yet there was very little bleeding of sound between stages.
Godspeed spent the first several minutes of their set focusing on one note, working intently on expanding it slowly by creating noise that inched up toward harmonizing notes. After a careful build, the strings broke out into a dark Eastern European melody. When the first song ended, the silence was eerie, like a cease-fire in a war zone. The often sepia imagery projected behind them reinforced the seriousness of their set, at one point showing sped up smoke stacks spewing vapor and particles into the atmosphere. Having seen their other project Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra earlier this year, the instrumental Godspeed seemed to be more apocalyptic and bleak. Both bands are very critical in a post-modern way, but the lyrics in Silver Mount Zion provide a sense of hope, in that there are other humans aware of the world's problems. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is more like the soundtrack to the human race destroying itself.
Pics from day 1 are HERE. More from day 2 are below...
Tickets for Willie Nelson & Family's show at The Chicago Theatre on September 20 go on sale this Saturday (7/14) at 10AM CST. A presale begins today at 10AM CST. Password: family.
Tickets for Slash's show at the Riv on September 28 go on sale today at 10AM CST.
Grimes @ Lambert's in Austin, TX (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes, who visits Chicago this weekend to play the Pitchfork Music Festival, has added a Chicago show at Metro on October 23 to her previously announced Mythical Gymnastics tour. The tour includes opening set from both Myths and Elite Gymnastics, and kicks off in late-September. Tickets go on sale this Friday (7/13) at noon CST.
Speaking of Grimes' Pitchfork Festival appearance, a special edition of the forthcoming Blood Diamonds "Phone Sex" 12", featuring Grimes, will be available exclusively at the 4AD festival booth. The edition is limited to 100-copies and includes a signed photograph by Blood Diamonds and Grimes.
All Grimes tour dates are listed below.
Cadence Weapon @ Hotel Vegan in Austin, TX (BV-SXSW 2012) (more by Tim Griffin)
Canadian rapper/DJ Cadence Weapon (aka Rollie Pemberton) is set to release his new LP, Hope in Dirt City, on May 29 via Upper Class Recordings. On Hope in Dirt City, Pemberton creates an interesting blend of soul and old-school hip hop, with a hint of electronic music. The album kicks off with a short track called "Get On Down," featuring fast-paced, tongue-twisting lines and a drum beat reminiscent of Wu-Tang Clan's "Protect Ya Neck." Next up is a relaxed soul jam titled "Conditioning," which serves as the album's lead single and was remixed by both Doldrums and Grimes. Take a listen to all three versions of the track at the bottom of this post. Stream Hope in Dirt City in its entirety via Exclaim.
Cadence Weapon will hit the road with Japandroids in early-June, acting as main support on about three-weeks of their North American tour. He'll be on board for the duo's Chicago show, which is taking place on June 21 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are still available.
All Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below, along with some song streams.
White Fence & Ty Segall
today in Chicago
* Larkin Poe @ SPACE
* City of Win party @ Beauty Bar
* Old Monk, Soft Jolts @ The Burlington
* Justin Townes Earle, Tristen @ Park West
* Royal Bangs, Thunders, Heavy Times @ Township
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Cubby Bear
* Khaira Arby, Das Boton @ Old Town School of Folk Music
* Abbi Rajasekhar, Small Houses, Sharon Irving @ Quenchers
* Dastardly, The Shams Band, The Dirty Feathers @ Subterranean
* Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys, Bitchin Baja @ Lincoln Hall
* Deth Warrant, Rad Payoff, Vanna Inget, Government Jobs @ Ultra Lounge
* Saturday Looks Good To Me, The Wild Moccasins, Love of Everything @ Schubas
* Destruction, Warbringer, Vital Remains, Pathology, Savagery, Vesicant @ Reggie's
* Frosting, Tomorrow, The Moon, Kevin Tihista's Red Terror, The Welcome @ Beat Kitchen
* The Steel Chops, The West Side Winders, Miss Jackie and The Sass, Northside Ruckus @ Double Door
Grimes has a new (NSFW) video for "Nightmusic." Check it out below.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Grimes @ the Empty Bottle on 3/14/2012
While our BV Chicago stage at 'Hotel Vegan' and the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Bar 96 were in full swing (more on 'Hotel Vegan' later), Grimes played a sold out show at Chicago's Empty Bottle on Wednesday, March 14 with support from tour mates Born Gold and local project Ultrademon. A full set of pictures are in this post.
Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) then hightailed it down to Austin, TX for SXSW, playing the Pitchfork official showcase on Thursday night, as well as a few other sets throughout the fest.
More pictures from the Wednesday night Chicago show, below..
Grimes @ Lamberts in Austin, TX (more by Tim Griffin)
today in Chicago
* Grimes, Born Gold, Ultrademon @ Empty Bottle
* Minor Wits, The Halamays, The Cyclist @ Lincoln Hall
* Foreign Beggars, DJ Solo, DJ Belly, Swggrbck @ The Mid
* The Icarus Account, Sean Magwire, Left To Write @ Schubas
* Blonk, Bishop, Mallozzi, Rosaly, Jeff Thomas (DJ set) @ Hideout
* Scony Mack, J.B. Little, Headless Troubador, Bryn Rich @ Beat Kitchen
* The War on Bugs, Morticia's Chair, Big Empty @ Township (Free Show)
* Goodbyehome, Katie Bithos & Zero To Zeno, Fly Over State @ Reggie's
* Daylight Robbery, Wide Angles, Swearin', Empty Isle @ the Albion House
* Nathan Douds Ensemble, Rob Clearfield's Quintet, Matt Ulery's Gaslight @ Martyrs
Grimes plays a sold out show at the Bottle tonight.
The War On Bugs play Township. The War On Drugs are on their way to SXSW.
Father John Misty (formally known as J. Tillman) has a new NSFW video for "Nancy From Now On." Check it out below.
Pitchfork have just announced the initial details of their 2012 festival, taking place July 13-15 in Chicago's Union Park.
The fest's initial lineup includes: Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, the Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal (who we recently hosted at Cole's Bar). Over 30+ more acts TBA.
Tickets go on sale NEXT Friday (March 9), at noon CST.
$45 per/day or $110 for a 3-day pass.
Stay tuned for any/all lineup additions.
Feist played the Riv in November.
Grimes plays the bottle on March 14.
Cloud Nothings play Schubas on April 6.
GY! BE-related project Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra played Lincoln Hall in January.
Blouse @ 285 Kent in January (BKLYN) (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bear in Heaven's new album, I Love You, It's Cool, is due to hit stores on April 3rd via Dead Oceans. The LP is still streaming at 400,000% slower than actual speed at the band's website. Take a listen to the full version of the album track "The Reflection of You" at the bottom of this post. Visit BrooklynVegan for a free download.
Doldrums, who recently headlined Schubas, also happens to be featured on Grimes' new LP Visions, which is currently streaming at NPR. The album will be released on February 21st in the US via 4AD. She'll hit the Empty Bottle on tour in support of the LP, on March 14th. Tickets are still available.
All dates and Bear in Heaven song stream, below..
Born Gold @ Public Assembly - BV CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) recently announced a few North American dates, with support from fellow Canadians Born Gold. In that very same post, BrooklynVegan inquired about the possibility of the pairing being part of a larger tour. The two acts will now head to Chicago on March 14th to play the Empty Bottle. Tickets are on sale now.
All 2011/12 tour dates and some videos below..
photos by Josh Darr
Grimes was on tour with Lykke Li earlier in the year, and the two made a stop at Metro.
BV Chicago photographer Josh Darr was able to do one of his STAL Sessions with Grimes, which you can check out below..
words by Claire O'Connor, photos by Josh Darr
Canadian artist, Grimes opened the stage at Metro on May 23rd with more sound than I've seen one person make. The sold out crowd warmly welcomed the newcomer, making her Chicago debut. With gauzy layers of synths that embeded themselves into post-punk like rhythms, artists like Kathleen Hanna and Cocorosie came to mind once sound maker Claire Boucher sang through her oftentimes-handheld mic. Songs off of her new album Halfaxa won the audience over and left them asking for more.
Surrounded by fog, soft lights and rushing strobes; Lykke Li danced across the stage to a sold out crowd. Concertgoers were treated to new material off of Wounded Rhymes while old songs like "Little Bit", "Dance Dance Dance", and "Possibility" took on a stark, scintillating vibe to blend into a sonically cohesive live show.
Draped in her signature black ensemble (sans necklace noisemakers), Li's romantically revengeful songs spoke for themselves. Minimal on the dance moves, her band quieted the venue with rich harmonies on "My Love is Unrequited." Kanye West's "Power" shook in the heads of many as Li and co. broke into a tribal-like jam in between "Youth Knows No Pain" while a stripped cover of The Big Pink's "Velvet" drew loud cheers. More recent tracks like "Get Some" and "I Follow Rivers" were crowd favorites.
Head below to view more pictures.