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Just when you thought Grimes popularity couldn’t possible rise anymore, she goes and releases Art Angels, one of the best pop albums that we saw in 2015. The love for Grimes grew to even further lengths last year, and it seems like everybody was finally on board with the work of Claire Boucher.

She made her live return in mid-November, first with a big-time performance at Terminal 5. To my delight, she added a much smaller show on November 18, where she played at the much more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg. Boucher was a bit under the weather so she played a smaller set than we expected, but considering it was a free show there was no right to complain. Sure, I would’ve liked to hear a few more songs from her, but she gave us quite a bit considering that she really was feeling under the weather.

It may have only been an eight-song set, but she made good use of each one of those spots. Any set that features “Realiti,” “Genesis,” and “Oblivion” is alright in my books. Plus we got to hear one of the best songs of the entire year with “Kill v. Maim,” which was a pitch perfect closer to the fun abbreviated night.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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[new]: Grimes – Go

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2014


Grimes has come a long way since the release of her 2012 breakthrough album, Visions. She is now a part of Jay Z’s Roc Nation management company and writing songs for big shots such as Rihanna.

In fact, her recently released song “Go” was actually written for Rihanna, but got turned down. So she and her collaborator Blood Diamonds ended up just recording it and releasing it as one of her own songs. It may or may not be included on her eventual new album.

With that said, it’s not all that surprising that the song has a poppier nature to it. There’s still some Grimes touches to be found, but this on the whole is a much different (and bigger) feel. Here’s how Grimes described it upon its release:

It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha.

Stream it below.
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Grimes Signs With Jay Z’s Roc Nation

By Will Oliver, December 17th 2013

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Grimes has taken one big step closer to the big time, just like Robinson Cano. She’s signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation ], as she announced on her tumblr with a post of the photo you see above and the following message: “ive joined the x men”, with x men linking to the Grimes Roc Nation artist page.

This is the same management deal that artists like Timbaland, Shakira, Kyle Minogue, Rihanna, M.I.A., and Haim are signed to. So you know that this is a big move for Grimes, and is the official signal that Claire Boucher is no longer the girl releasing small independent stuff. But as long as the music quality stays the same, it won’t matter too much.

I trust Grimes.

Leann Grimes – Safe Truth

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2013

Leann Grimes

Leann Grimes made his mark with me as a talented indie-focused mash-up artist. There’s more to Shane Conerty, the man behind Leann Grimes, than just that. He possesses his own musical talent, that he displays honestly on “Safe Truth”, a brand new song from him. It showcases a mix of electronic sounds blended well with a folky approach. His knack for blending genres doesn’t go unnoticed.

“Safe Truth” is off of his upcoming release Leann Grimes: Sings. Stream it below, and pick up a free download here.

Leann Grimes has his first show in Brooklyn on January 23 at Goodbye Blue Monday at 11 p.m. Stop by and check out the show if your in town.

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Grimes @ Pier 84 (August 9, 2012)

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2012

Grimes performed to a packed crowd for a free show at Pier 84. Both Diiv and Wild Nothing opened. With many free shows, the crowd can obviously be hit-or-miss, and in this case it was a mixed batch. Claire Boucher started off solo but was soon joined by a pair of dancers. Grimes actually worked the live outdoor setting well, as the location right next to the Inrepid and Hudson River provided a perfect atmosphere, fitting for her style of late night jams.

Her sound and voice manipulation is fun to watch live, and she creates a pretty enjoyable show considering it’s just her up there. The crowd could have been more into the show, but that was far from Claire’s fault. Grimes will continue her ascent as time goes on, so it’s good to see her as much as you can before she really blows up.

Grimes @ Pitchfork Music Festival (July 14, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Grimes had a lot more energy and stage presence that resulted in a fun all around experience for everyone involved. She gave the crowd a fun performance that was full of the buoyancy she displays on songs such as the still killer “Oblivion”. She was joined by Blood Diamonds and two dancers who had colorful hair who only enhanced things on stage.

She had an easy going way about her performance, which was contradicted with constant growls and sounds that seemed to come out of no where. Sort of like Grimes I guess, but damn, this girl has really come a long way in a year.

Leann Grimes – I’m Not Too Skinny

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2012

Last year Leann Grimes released a great mixtape/album that was an ode to the great new music he discovered on music blogs. He takes the songs and creates his own songs out of them.

Asheville, North Carolina native Shane Conerty is the man behind Leann Grimes. He’s back with a new release titled I’m Not Too Skinny and it’s another release filled with interesting versions of some great songs.

Here’s how Leann Grimes describes his album:

This album is a continuation of gratitude for music bloggers. Each track on this mixtape is a remix of an indie band’s song that I’ve discovered on various music blogs across the internet in the past year or so. It is my hope that people that are unfamiliar with the band’s I’ve sampled will seek out and support these artists as much as I do.

The album is streaming at bandcamp now. It will be available to download on Friday. Find the album stream below, along with a list of the songs he used.
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