Entries tagged with: Grimes
Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Ghost / Warpaint / The Mummies / crowdsurfer @ Beach Goth 4, 10/24/2015
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 WeeklyThe 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....
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...
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.
photo: Dilly Dally @ BVCMJ 10/17/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
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...
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...
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.
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
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.
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 184.108.40.206.'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...
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.
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.
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...
Grimes @ Pitchfork Fest 7/20/14
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...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
Grimes new single with Blood Diamonds, "Go," now has a video, co-directed by Claire herself with her brother Mac Boucher under the collaborative name Roco-Prime. It's like some kind of Tarsem/NABIL collaboration as imagined by Hype Williams. There's swordplay and flowing scarves in the desert, hypercolor slo-mo dancing, splashing about...pretty much the whole gambit of over-the-top music video imagery. Also: voice of Solid Snake David Hayter reading from Dane's Inferno. But what does it mean? Claire offers some insight:
It's our take on Dante's inferno. The circles of hell reflect more contemporary issues though. We shot a bunch at the salton sea which is basically an apocalyptic wasteland filled with dead fish because of human carelessness, the bullet hole hallway a la korn freak on a leash etc etc. If you look closely you can find clues. Haha, but in the usual fashion it is also abstract enough to just be a trippy visual accompaniment to the song.Interpret for yourself -- check out the "Go" video below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...