Entries tagged with: Grimes
photo: Grimes @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
June 14th sold out in days, so Florence + the Machine added a second night with Grimes at Brooklyn's Barclays Center--June 15--to her North American "How Beautiful" tour. Tickets for the new show go on sale Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET, unless you have an American Express card. Then you can get them starting Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, February 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
All tour dates are listed below. Five albums that changed Grimes' live are listed HERE.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Grimes at M for Montreal 2015 (more by Bruno Destombes)
OutKast - StankoniaIn some ways, you could say Art Angels sounds like a mix of those five albums, right? She discusses each one too, and you can read everything she has to say here.
Tool - Aenima
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
OutKast, Tool, Beyonce, and Animal Collective all also appear on her song list.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Grimes at M for Montreal (more by Bruno Destombes)
Grimes made a video for "Kill V. Maim," the best song off last year's great Art Angels. Claire directed it herself with her brother Mac, and is full of crazy costume changes. [It's a bit like watching The Warriors, Tank Girl, Hackers and MTV all at the same time - Bill]. Watch below...
The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list. (It was our #1 too.) Here's the Top 10:
1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a ButterflyOn the singles side, Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" was the critics' #1 consensus and here's the Top 10 (well Top 9, there was a tie):
2 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3 Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4 Grimes, Art Angels
5 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7 Vince Staples, Summertime '06
8 Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9 Jamie xx, In Colour
10 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
1 Drake, Hotline BlingThe Pazz & Jop lists go all the way to albums and tracks with single votes, and you can look at individual critics ballots too, plus read a bunch of year-summarizing essays.
2 Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
3 The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face
4 Kendrick Lamar, Alright
5 Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
6 Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams), WTF (Where They From)
7 Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
8 Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk
9 (tie) Adele, Hello
9 (tie) Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan), I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.comCo-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.
Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...
photo: Florence at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but Florence + the Machine is heading out on the road this year with awesome support from Grimes. A few days before she headlines Delaware's Firefly Fesival, she'll headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (1/16) at 10 AM, with a Pandora presale starting Thursday (1/14) at 10 AM, and Live Nation/internet presales starting Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All known dates are listed below.
David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life... The original star-man returned to the stars. Thank you for everything you brought us. RIP David Bowie xxDates and music from Florence and Grimes' great 2015 albums, below...
We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.
It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.
Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...
photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:
Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.
Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)
Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.
As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.
We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.
Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).
"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
Illustration by Derek Erdman
AV Club have published their list of The 15 Best Albums of 2015. Besides two forward-thinking California rappers (guess which ones?) and Grimes, this list leans the most heavily on guitar rock of all the ones we've seen this year, whether it's the hushed sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker or the harder-edged Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. You can check out the full list below, and see the writers' individual ballots here.
Illustration by Ryan Casey
We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
photos by Bruno Destombes; words by Bill Pearis
Grimes @ Metropolis, Montreal 11/21/2015
M for Montreal always concludes their week of festivities with a big show at the gorgeous Metropolis Theatre. This year's was maybe their biggest yet with very au courant hometown hero Grimes, who had just released her acclaimed new album Art Angels. The absolutely adoring crowd was determined to have the time of their lives and hung on Claire Boucher's every move, shrieking when she picked up the mike or did just about anything else. With a team of dancers dressed in dayglo black light outfits, plus smoke machines and lots of lasers it was quite the spectacle. Despite having a walking cast on her right leg, Claire really gave it her all and seemed to be having a good time (perhaps finally over that flu that dogged her recent NYC appearances). No Aristophanes for this show but she did invite some of her friends onstage to dance to "REALiTi."
Like at the NYC shows, Nicole Dollanganger opened the show, and as Andrew described, it was a bit incongruous to see her flanked by two very metal looking dudes. Her guitarist also played the kickdrum, as well as a crash cymbal with the head of his guitar (which is a little funny to watch from an otherwise deadly serious-looking dude, lets be honest). Chelsea Wolfe is indeed an apt comparison and while it's not really my thing, it still mostly worked. The audience was definitely into it.
Saturday night also featured the official BrooklynVegan M for Montreal showcase with Duchess Says, Chocolat and more. Pics and writeup from that are coming soon. Meanwhile, more photos from Grimes and Nicole Dollanganger at Metropolis, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at MHOW - 11/18/15 (photo by Amanda Hatfield)
Grimes' tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (11/18) for its second proper NYC show after Terminal 5 on Monday (third total including the Guggenheim Gala). Like at T5, she was sick and played a short set (45 minutes, no encore) and even though I wished it would've been twice as long she was on fire the whole time.
I'd somehow never seen Grimes before -- there were a few times I almost did and for one reason or another it didn't happen -- but I've been told more than once that her shows could be a little awkward or not fleshed-out enough. Well, if that was ever true it certainly isn't now. She's a crazy-confident performer, switching from manipulating her samplers to joining her very athletic dancers at the front of the stage and going absolutely nuts. The light show is vivid, her backup singer adds a lot. Really everything just looks and sounds so great. And being that it was a shortened set, she made up for that a bit by sticking exclusively to bangers. We got "Genesis" and "Oblivion" off Visions, pre-Art Angels singles "Go" and "REALiTi" (the latter of which did end up on the album), and key Art Angels standouts "SCREAM" (which features Aristophanes, who joined her on stage), "Venus Fly" (which features Janelle Monae, who did not) and "Kill v. Maim." If you're wondering, no she didn't play "Flesh Without Blood" (she didn't at T5 either).
Her tourmate and signee Nicole Dollanganger (who also played Baby's a night earlier) opened. She's an interesting match for Grimes. She also plays with electronics and a mic and her voice is sometimes similar to Claire's, but her two-piece backing band is very different. She's backed by two dudes -- one on bass and one on guitar/kick drum/hi-hats -- who look more like they're aiming to open for Lamb of God than Grimes. The bassist hunches over his bass and stares at the crowd in a "metal band being intimidating" way and the guitarist yelled at the crowd twice to "SHUT THE FUCK UP" in between songs. I'll admit it was kinda weird to watch, but it sounded pretty good. The contrast of Nicole's delicate high-pitched vocals over the crunchy/doomy guitar was almost like Chelsea Wolfe's new album or something like that. The live show could use a little work (and maybe an actual drummer) but the songs are very promising.
The show was presented by Steven Madden Music (which has also put on Santigold, Lucius and more shows at MHOW) and as usual, that meant it was an intimate venue for the headliner and totally free. It filled up pretty quick (I think it hit capacity around 8:45) and even by the time Grimes was setting up there was still a line wrapped around the block of people trying to get in.
Check out a few more instagrams and Grimes' setlist below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Earlier this year, Nicole Dollanganger signed to Grimes' label Eerie Organization to release Natural Born Losers, and she's been out on tour with her. Grimes and Nicole hit NYC's Terminal 5 on Monday and they're playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, but last night (11/17) was an off night so Nicole played her own NYC show at Baby's All Right. Opening was Foxes In Fiction and Emily Reo, who played a set together at the BV/Collect CMJ showcase at that same venue last month, but last night they both played solo.
Nicole played with a two-piece backing band, which she told Nylon about:
I get sick before I go onstage, I usually get sick after, but my backing band are my two best friends, Matt and Kevin. My first show with them was a few weeks ago, and even though I felt absolutely petrified, being up there with two people I love so much made me feel so much better, like we're in this together.Nicole's songs have a weird, unsettling-yet-fascinating mix of Xiu Xiu-levels of darkness/horror and softer, more delicate sounds. They covered Type O Negative's "Christian Woman," which they've been doing on other dates on the tour too. You can watch a video of the cover from the Terminal 5 show, below.
Nicole and Grimes are at MHOW tonight (11/18). It's sold out but Grimes is giving away a few tickets on her Facebook. More pictures from Baby's below...
The 2016 lineup for the Alabama's Hangout Music Festival has been released. It features The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bully and of course many others. The festival takes place in Gulf Shores from May 20-22, and tickets go on sale Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM CST.
Check out the full lineup below.
Grimes @ T5 - 11/16/15 (photo via Alban Murati)
Grimes recently began her tour in support of this year's great Art Angels on 4AD (which is already making year-end lists). She was already in NYC earlier this month to play the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party before the album was out, but last night was her first of two proper club shows supporting it. It was at Terminal 5, and had sold out way in advance. NYC musician Fasano was there, and said, "Grimes blew up Terminal 5. It felt huge and intimate at the same time. I've never seen anything like that. And she had the flu." The Village Voice was also there, and wrote:
When she took the stage (along with a pair of ceaseless, synchronized dancers), Boucher cavorted through Visions hits "Genesis" and "Oblivion," as well as a peppering of deeper cuts "Circumambient" and "Symphonia IX (My Wait is U)" off her 2012 LP. Boucher also welcomed Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes onstage for the Art Angels banger "SCREAM" to perform her rapid-fire rapping verses live to a receptive crowd. "Go" and "REALiTi" nearly brought the house down, with peppy Angels number "Kill v. Maim" (Boucher's personal favorite, she told the crowd) rounding out the encore. A set of less than a dozen songs nonetheless felt like a well-needed sugar rush at the end of the night.As that review points out, Aristophanes came out for "SCREAM," and you can watch a video of that below (via Stereogum). A few more pictures and the setlist are below too.
Boucher, ever the multitasker, spent the majority of the performance moving back and forth from her synths at centerstage to the edge of the crowd - an oddly fitting display for the music she's been producing and performing herself. She was also playing to a passionate audience: Multiple instances of "Grimes, I love you so fucking much!" could be heard from the jam-packed house. That may make for pretty typical gig banter, but it isn't heard too often with such earnestness.
Opening the show was her tourmate Nicole Dollanganger, who recently signed to Grimes' label, Eerie Organization. Nicole plays her own NYC show tonight (11/17) at Baby's All Right with Foxes In Fiction and Emily Reo (tickets), and Grimes and Nicole play NYC again on Wednesday (11/18) at MHOW (sold out).
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club