Photos: Grimes and the art of angelic electro-pop at the Fox Theater

Grimes (photo: Ian Young) Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, brought her eclectic show of sounds, visuals, and vitality to the Fox Theater last night on April 20, 2016.  Joined by Tei Shi, it was a show that fell in line with a normal Grimes show in that it was nothing like the previous Grimes show if you've been lucky enough to see her before. Our photographer Ian Young has these amazing photos of the both performers bringing what can best be described as some of the best experimental pop being performed today.

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The Bay Abridged: Oct 28 — Nov 3

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Until the Ribbon Breaks at Brick and Mortar (SF) Oct. 28 UK-based Until the Ribbon Breaks are the kind of band that sound exactly like 2015’s most popular bands. Perfect vocals, tight drums, and an bed of dancing electronic synths that are both mysterious and comforting. The [...]

Don't miss at TIMF 2012: Grimes

This will in no way be an impartial, objective preview. I was ready to name Grimes' latest effort Visions the "Best Album of 2012" after I heard it for the first time. I was ready to bestow the title of "Best Music Video of 2012" on her video for Visions stand-out cut "Oblivion". For my money, Grimes is making some of the most intriguing music today. Seriously, just watch the "Oblivion" video, below. I've showed it to at least 20 people at this point, and they're all massive Grimes fans now. So I'm doing the same for you. Grimes performs [...]

Berkeley's Maya Laner covers Grimes’ "Oblivion"

What do you get when you combine a bottle of shampoo, a desk, a mattress, a pair of bare hands, and a catchy electro pop song? An incredibly entertaining stripped down surf rock cover of Grimes' "Oblivion" by Berkeley band Local Hero's crooning front woman Maya Laner. Maya's publicist confirmed in an email that the rhythm and percussion section of the cover really was mixed using the aforementioned elements. When you blend those with vocals that are already downright soothing and completely angelic it's hard not to love the treatment she brings to this Grimes hit. "I chose to cover [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Grimes, oOoOO, Born Gold, Yalls @ Rickshaw Stop 2/22/12

Photos: Nicole L. Browner [nggallery id=120222-np-grimes] Wednesday night's Noise Pop show at the Rickshaw Stop should have been titled, "The Case for Live Electronica," as all four performers offered unique arguments in support of taking synth-driven pop off of the hard drive and onto the stage. I've been following Yalls for some time now, to the extent it's been possible to keep up with Dan Casey's steady stream of new electronic jams, but the show opener's set really made me take notice. You never know what a one-man-and-some-synths operation is going to turn into, but Dan's morphed into a charisimatic [...]

By |February 24, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Live This Month: February 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #270)

Live This Month: February 2012 (Podcast #270) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. The twentieth installment of the Noise Pop Music Festival takes over a wide variety of local venues later this month -- and we'll be covering many of those shows -- but there are also plenty of pre-NP events worth checking out. Locally, two bands are seeing the release of records for which it feels like we've been waiting forever: the debut LP from ultra-catchy punks Terry Malts, and [...]

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