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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...

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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.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Nicole Dollanganger

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...

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Hangout Fest

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.

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Grimes @ T5 - 11/16/15 (photo via Alban Murati)
Terminal 5

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.

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.

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.

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).

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Bjork Vulnicura

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 - Vulnicura
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
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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photos by Chad Wadsworth, Clair Taus, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos, Jackie Young, Pooneh Ghana, Reagan Hackleman, & Roger Ho

Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
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That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.

Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...

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photos by The Billy Farrell Agency & Scott Rudd


Grimes finally released her anticipated new album Art Angels today (listen), but before she did that, she brought her tour to NYC for a performance at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party on Wednesday (11/4). The Guardian was there, and they described the whole spectacle like this:

Grimes jumps into action inside a smallish circular stage, like a Star Trek transporter, with white pillars and stretched fabric ascending towards the high museum ceiling. The crowds gather on the space's famous spiral levels, but mostly stood down on the ground floor, surrounding the stage. It's crowded, but not uncomfortably so, given the current Grimes ascendancy.
They didn't love the show though, saying the set sounded "mushy and homogenous." Did you go? What did you think?

Some of Grimes' famous pals showed up, like A$AP Rocky (a fancier affair than the time they crashed 285 Kent toghether) and Dev Hynes (a less hot and sunny affair than the time they played Warm Up together). Pictures of them, Grimes, DJ SADAF and more are in this post.

Grimes returns to NYC with her signee Nicole Dollanganger for sold-out shows on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Grimes released one of the most loved albums of the current decade with Visions, and now three years later its highly anticipated followup, Art Angels, is finally here. One of Grimes' greatest achievements has been battling the preconceived notions of "indie" vs mainstream pop (just check out her favorite songs list), and this new album follows through on that expertly. There are moments that wouldn't feel out of place on a Kelly Clarkson album, but others that wouldn't feel out of place on a Prurient album, and all of it's good. Listen for yourself below. You can pick up the album via 4AD.

Grimes' tour hit NYC earlier this week at the Guggenheim, and it returns on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. Both are with Nicole Dollanganger and both are sold out.

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by Andrew Sacher, photos by Marv Watson & Carlo Cruz


The new Grimes album is out in three days, and we just got one more sneak peek at it. Following "Scream", "Flesh Without Blood" and "Life In The Vivid Dream" comes the album opener, "laughing and not being normal." It's short and mostly instrumental, and you can listen at Grimes' site. The album drops 11/6 via 4AD and pre-orders are up.

Her tour hits NYC tonight (11/4) at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party (tickets), 11/16 at T5 (sold out) and 11/18 at MHOW (sold out). The latter two are with Nicole Dollanganger, who plays Baby's on 11/17 with Foxes In Fiction who plays NYC with Laraaji tonight.

Earlier this week Grimes was the headliner of the first of 30 November Red Bull Sound Select events in LA. We have some pictures from that show at the Mayan. You can view more of them below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Two days ago, Grimes released "Flesh Without Blood/Life In The Vivid Dream" off her upcoming album Art Angels (due 11/6 via 4AD). It was the closest she had ever come to mainstream pop, but now she released another album track, "SCREAM" (featuring Taiwanese artist Aristophanes), and if it's not the farthest she's ever gone from mainstream pop, it's pretty damn close. Check out the weird, wild new song below.

Album pre-orders are also now up.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Ghost / Warpaint / The Mummies / crowdsurfer @ Beach Goth 4, 10/24/2015
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Over the past four years, Beach Goth has morphed from a handmade, hipster Halloween party to a megafest-on-the-rise. The last couple years have seen a serious overgrowth of frenzied fans pile into the Observatory's inside/outside extravaganza not just to see The Growlers at their own festival, but for a host of marquee acts that could probably sell the place out on their own. Again, this year's Beach Goth was a packed, sweaty beast of weekend that saw Grimes premiere two new songs, as well as legendary sets from weirdo veterans like The Mummies, rising stars like the Allah-Lahs, and even a surprise cameo or two (Warren G popping up on the Beach Goth Stage!). The crowd also got a huge shot of adrenaline from acts like Die Antwoord, Mac Demarco, No Bunny and Sir-Mix-a-Lot, just a handful of the grab bag of entertainment that somehow managed to work well on this year's bill. - (OC Weekly
The 4th annual Beach Goth Fest happened at the Orange County Observatory in Santa Ana on October 24-25. The festival, created by LA garage-rockers The Growlers (who played both days), had a pretty stacked, eclectic lineup. Day 1 was headlined by Grimes who debuted a couple new songs from the forthcoming Art Angels LP and had a strict no-photos policy. Our photographer shot pretty much everyone else, though, including Mac DeMarco, Ghost, Warpaint, Wanda Jackson, together PANGEA, The Drums, The Mummies and lots more. The fest's OC-meets-Halloween theme was prevalent in costumes on stage and off.

Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. Meanwhile, check out more pics from Day 1 of Beach Goth 2015, below....

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Grimes Flesh Without Blood

Grimes finally announced her new album Art Angels last week. Then she teased new music on Instagram (now deleted) and then played new songs at Beach Goth fest over the weekend. Now she's officially premiering the first single from the album, "Flesh Without Blood," on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. The song will play at 3:30 PM EST (so like in 5 minutes). They'll play it twice and Annie will also interview her. Listen HERE.

UPDATE: It's playing on Annie Mac's show and she also just dropped the joint video for that track and another, "Life In The Vivid Dream." The video was written, directed, edited, colored and art directed by Grimes, and she plays four separate characters in it with lots of costume changes and fake blood. Grimes adds, "fyi - every song on this album is a completely different style, so flesh isn't a 'representation' of everything, just a taste of a vibe." Watch below.

She also announced that the album will officially be out next week (November 6) via 4AD and revealed the tracklist, including a song that features Janelle Monae. Check that out below too.

Grimes' tour hits NYC first on November 4 at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party (tickets). Then her run of dates with her signee Nicole Dollanganger hits Terminal 5 on November 16 at Terminal 5 and MHOW on November 18 (both sold out). Right in between those, Nicole plays her own NYC show at Baby's All Right (11/17) (tickets).

UPDATE 2: Grimes was also interviewed about the new song by Jenny Eliscu for Sirius XMU. You can listen to that below...

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Nicole Dollanganger

Grimes is about to head out on tour with Nicole Dollangager, the Ontario musician that Grimes signed to her label, Eerie Organization. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 16 at Terminal 5 (sold out) and a FREE smaller show on November 18 at MHOW (tix available 10/23 at noon).

Right in between those though, Nicole will headline her own NYC show at the even smaller Baby's All Right on November 17. Opening the show is Foxes In Fiction and Emily Reo, who is sometimes FiF's bandmate like at the BV/Collect CMJ showcase at that same venue last week. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Nicole released her new album Natural Born Losers earlier this month. Stream it, with her updated list of tour dates, below.

Emily Reo also plays NYC with Spencer Radcliffe and Pinegrove tonight.

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photo: Dilly Dally @ BVCMJ 10/17/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dilly Dally CMJ

M for Montreal's 10th edition happens November 18 - 21. As in years past the first two days are more industry-oriented with single shows each night and then Friday and Saturday turn into a full-blown festival all over Montreal. The full lineup and schedule is now out and includes Doldrums, Calvin Love, Duchess Says, Chocolat (who just played CMJ), Plants and Animals, We Are Wolves, Yonatan Gat, She-Devils (who open for Majical Cloudz in Brooklyn tonight) and lots more. The join previously announced M performers Grimes, Dilly Dally, The Dears, and more. Badges and individual show tickets are on sale and full list of 2015 M for Montreal performers is below.

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Grimes, who finally announced a new album yesterday, has expanded her tour. In addition to the sold-out NYC show on November 16 at Terminal 5, she and tourmate/signee Nicole Dollanganger will play the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 18. Not only is it smaller, but the Steve Madden-presented show is also totally FREE. You do need a ticket though, and those become available Friday (10/23) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Grimes has been talking about the highly anticipated followup to 2012's Visions for a while now, and it looks like she's finally given it an official announcement. She posted the cover art, which she designed herself, to Instagram and said it's called Art Angels. No release date yet, but she says a music video is coming out next week. Stay tuned.

Grimes' tour with Nicole Dollanganger hits NYC on 11/16 at Terminal 5 (sold out). Since we last spoke, she added a European leg for 2016. Updated dates are listed below...

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M for Montreal 2015
M for Montreal 2015

Montreal, Quebec hosts a lot of festivals. This weekend is Pop Montreal (BV will be there, stay tuned for coverage) and in November it's the M for Montreal 2015 edition from November 18-21. M leans a little bit towards industry conference for the first two days before turning into a full-blown fest at venues all over Montreal for the Friday and Saturday finish. For their big 10 edition, Grimes will headline the annual fest-closing show at Metropolis November 21 with tourmate Nicole Dollanganger and more TBA. Other artists already announced include The Dears (who just announced a NYC show), Dilly Dally, Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta!, Doomsquad, and more.

Most of the M for Montreal 2015 artists are still to be announced but badges and individual show tickets are on sale now. The initial lineup is listed below. Stay tuned for more, and for the lineup of M For Montreal's annual CMJ show, which is happening again this year at Arlene's Grocery in October.

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While details on Grimes' new album, due out before the end of 2015, are still sketchy, she will be hitting the road for what she's calling the "Rhinestone Cowgirl" tour with support from her new signee Nicole Dollanganger. Dates include a stop at NYC's Terminal 5 on November 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon.

Grimes will also be in NYC a couple weeks before the T5 show for that pricey Guggenheim International Gala pre-party. All dates are listed below.

Nicole Dollanganger also just released a video for "Angels of Porn II" from her forthcoming Natural Born Losers and you can watch that below as well

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Grimes, who is on the cover of FADER, spoke in her cover story for the issue on her anticipated followup to 2012's Visions. We're still waiting on details like a title and a release date, but the interview does give some insight on the album. For one, it talks about the misconception that Grimes "scrapped" her new album after negative reactions to "Go," which was never intended for her new album anyway. Here's an excerpt:

While Visions wasn't Grimes' first album, it was the first to find widespread acclaim, giving the delay between that 2012 success and her announcement this past March that a follow-up was on the way the appearance of a sophomore slump. Still, Boucher says that starting over was worth it. "Everything I made after that was 10 times better," she says, explaining that the extra time gave her room to expand upon the electronic palette that Grimes had become known for and mine the '90s rock and punk and nu-metal that soundtracked her adolescence. "I want people to feel, if they're buying something, like I put my heart and soul into it and I improved myself as a person and a writer." Boucher recorded and self-engineered every instrument on the new album herself, including guitar, drums, keys, ukulele, and violin--but she had to learn how to play them first, in addition to mastering a whole new battery of production programs and learning how to mic her own vocals. (On one track, she used the very same tube condenser mic that Taylor Swift did to record Red, a fact that Boucher, a longtime fan of the country-star-turned-pop-idol, cites with pride).
The whole thing's a good read. Check it out here.

Grimes has a few live dates coming up, including Santa Ana's Beach Goth festival and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Right in between those, she'll come to NYC to play the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party on November 4. $350 tickets are on sale now.

Beach Goth

The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The's and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.

Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...

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Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

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Courtney and Lana (photo via Scott Lipps Instagram)

Courtney and her band (Tad Kubler included) (via Courtney Love Instagram)

Courtney Love kicked off her tour with Lana Del Rey last week in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (where the above picture was taken). The tour was supposed to continue this past weekend in Dallas, but they had to cancel it after Courtney's opening set due to weather, which Lana issued an apology about. Fortunately, everything's been going well since, and the tour will continue on the West Coast this weekend into next.

Courtney's band for this tour includes guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lips, bassist Jennie Vee (who you may have just seen opening for Manic Street Preachers), and pretty excitingly, The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler on guitar. Courtney's actually been playing all Hole songs on this tour (as long as we're counting Nobody's Daughter as a Hole album), as well as a few covers like Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, and Big Star. Check out videos of them playing "Doll Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" at the Houston show, as well as videos of LDR playing "Video Games," "Ultraviolence," and "Born To Die," at that one, below.

After the run with Courtney ends, LDR continues on the road with Grimes. No NYC dates, but Lana will be here for the Sunday of Governors Ball. We're giving away tickets to the Saturday, and there's still a few hours left to enter.

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LDR & Grimes

Lana Del Rey is touring this summer and bringing two very different but both interesting artists to open different legs of the tour. The first half is with Courtney Love and the second half is with Grimes. There are no NY-area shows announced yet (LDR's playing Governors Ball, and certainly Grimes is a big enough headliner on her own in NYC). All dates are listed below.

In other news, last month Grimes shared new song "REALiTi" which she recorded in 2013 originally intended for the follow-up to Visions but was scrapped. You can watch the video, shot by Grimes, below...

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Grimes @ Pitchfork Fest 7/20/14
Dominick Mastrangelo's Top 14 Photos of 2014

Photographer Dominick Mastrangelo has been contributing to BrooklynVegan for years, and this year he did most of his shooting in Chicago (as well as other places, like Finland's Flow Festival). Now that the year is coming to a close, Dominick has put together his favorite 14 photos that he took this year, as well as a list of ten records he's kept on heavy rotation throughout 2014. Check out more of his shots, and browse his album list, below...

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