WBEZ | Grimes http://www.wbez.org/tags/grimes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork Day 2: Grimes and Danny Brown http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-grimes-and-danny-brown-100905 <p><p>If Chromatics were playing music for a dark disco, Danny Brown was at the strip club at the end of the block. Very much a party rapper, Brown is more concerned with describing very specific sexual acts in very specific detail than flexing his formidible skills in wordplay and flow. Though the 2 Live Crew act was nothing new, it did seem Brown prefers Adderol to pot.</p><p>On a sidenote, there has been excessive airhorn and gun cocking sound effect usage this weekend. As an Aziz Ansari fan, I can&#39;t help but think of his character, Randy (from <em>Funny People</em>) everytime I hear it.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/grimes3.jpg" title="Grimes (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>Headlining the Blue stage, Grimes unceremoniously kicked off her performance after a hurried soundcheck in front of a rapt audience. The first time the crowd got even a glimpse of Claire Boucher onstage, they went crazy. Flanked by her friend Mike Tucker of Blood Diamond, Grimes hoped around like a muppet as two dancers clad in moss-covered sports bras did sort of choreographed moves.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/grimes%20w%20dancer.jpg" title="Grimes with dancer (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>Despite the enthusiasm of the crowd and Grimes&#39; showmanship, other than her two internet hits (&quot;Genesis&quot; and &quot;Oblivion&quot;) there wasn&#39;t much more to grasp onto in her performance. Songs with traditional lyrics sounded like Madonna remixes while the others were more like Panda Bear outtakes.</p><p>That being said, Grimes&#39; two good songs are actually really great. It comes down to the beat. On those tunes she nailed a beat that is totally infectious and new. It reminds me of the &#39;80s game Skip-It, so why not call it that: The Skip-It Beat. That&#39;s where Grimes should focus her energy if she wants to develop a distinctive career.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-8B0PfV2R0I" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-grimes-and-danny-brown-100905 Pitchfork's head honchos share their favorite newer artists performing at this year's festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS2717_Pitchfork_Flickr_Kate%20Gardiner.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>For the past six years Pitchfork the music website has put on the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park in Chicago&#39;s West Loop. Over that time the festival has proven itself to be one of the most fan-friendly and musically forward-thinking events in Chicago.</p><p>Their use of the neighborhood-based Union Park has also inspired a slew of other summer festivals in Chicago, when just ten years ago it was near impossible to put on an outdoor rock concert in Chicago. This year Riot Fest is taking place in Humboldt Park, Spring Awakening took over Soldier Field and the Wavefront Music Festival was at Montrose Beach- all Chicago Park District properties.</p><p>Meantime, the Pitchfork Music Festival has stylistically shifted- bringing in more electronic and hip-hop acts and a little less emphasis on the indie rock that made the website&#39;s name in its early years.</p><p>We talk with Pitchfork Founder and CEO Ryan Schreiber and President Chris Kaskie about the development of the festival (they started a Parisian version last year) and they share their picks for new artists performing this year. That&#39;s Thursday on <em>Afternoon Shift </em>#105.</p><p>Chris Kaskie&#39;s picks:</p><p>Japandroids &quot;The House That Heaven Built&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/alW6358dPxI" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Lotus Plaza &quot;Eveningness&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hrQLJArVYro?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Genesis&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25338800?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Ryan Schreiber&#39;s picks:</p><p>Kendrick Lamar &quot;ADHD&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEIkwH9STCc?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Chromatics &quot;Kill for Love&quot;<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F41270014&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Oblivion&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JtH68PJIQLE?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years SXSW 2011: Tuesday night with Grimes and Esben and the Witch http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-03-16/sxsw-2011-tuesday-night-grimes-and-esben-and-witch-83784 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/grimes2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="400" height="300" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/airport.jpg" /></p><p>AUSTIN&mdash;As usual, the mix of overwhelming dread and undeniable excitement that characterize South by Southwest hit me at the gate at O&rsquo;Hare on Tuesday morning as I climbed aboard a flight dominated by iPhone-obsessed hipsters dressed in black and with moods to match, all heading to America&rsquo;s biggest annual gathering of whatever it is that passes for a music industry in 2011.</p><p>The dread is a result of knowing that it will be hard to escape these throngs for the next six days and to maintain some semblance of health and sanity amid the nearly 24-hour-a-day assault of frantic music and hyperbolic buzz.</p><p>The excitement stems from pretty much the same places: It always is inspiring to reconnect with so many people from around the world who believe and truly care about music, and to hear so much that invariably thrills and surprises. (And those aren&rsquo;t always the acts that &ldquo;everyone is talking about,&rdquo; which is the reason why I never bother to make any pre-SXSW predictions or compile a list of must-sees.)</p> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">With the music festival in its 25<sup>th</sup> year, the interactive festival threatening to overshadow it, and the film festival running strong, some SXSW veterans spend much of the time here grumbling about how the whole thing was so much better before it got so big and corporate. (<a href="http://www.austin360.com/music/a-linear-look-back-from-a-man-who-1317338.html?viewAsSinglePage=true">And Michael Corcoran of the Austin-American Statesman has a nice run-down of many of the last quarter-century&rsquo;s highlights and lowlights here.</a>)</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">But for this veteran, now at his 20<sup>th</sup> festival, the dread often is quickly eclipsed by the excitement. And so it was soon after the badge pickup and the first Mexican meal of the week, when the relatively sparse schedule of official opening-night music showcases (filling a mere 10 venues on Tuesday night, compared to 87 starting on Wednesday) nonetheless yielded two strong acts to get things rolling (and both are playing several more official showcases and parties, in addition to non-sanctioned events in the days to come).</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><img width="450" height="342" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/grimes2.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><em>Grimes/Claire Boucher</em></strong></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/boucherville">Grimes</a>, a.k.a. 18-year-old electronica musician Claire Boucher of Montreal, brings together a weird mix of influences ranging from Bjork to &ldquo;witch house&rdquo; purveyors Salem. She sometimes performs with a backing band, but at a bland Sixth Street bar called Spill that clearly caters to frat boys when SXSW isn&rsquo;t in town, she took the stage alone, hovered over a keyboard, and layered rhythms, synthesizer melodies, and otherworldly vocals in increasingly complicated loops and ever more dynamic walls of sound, creating a mood that almost (but not quite) overcame the surroundings.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><img width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/Esben.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><em>Esben and the Witch in action; they sounded as blurry as this looks, honest.</em></strong></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Hailing from Brighton, England, signed to Matador Records, and shaping up to be the sort of hipster buzz I&rsquo;d generally try to avoid, <a href="http://www.esbenandthewitch.co.uk/notebook/">Esben and the Witch</a> was even more successful at making the wannabe Coyote Ugly less so. There&rsquo;s some witch house in this trio, too, with vocalist Rachel Davies intoning somber gothic melodies as bandmates Daniel Copeman and Thomas Fisher churn out wonderful shoegazer drones and blasts of feedback. But there&rsquo;s also an early Jesus and Mary Chain level of aggression, with Davies hammering away on a cymbal during some tunes, and all three musicians physically throwing themselves into their maelstroms of sound.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">I ducked into a few other clubs on Sixth Street afterwards, but nothing else came close to either of those first two acts of the night, so I soon decided it&rsquo;d be better to pace myself anyway and quit while I was ahead.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">What else am I looking forward to in the days to come? As I said, I really try to maximize the time spent wandering and being open to surprises, as opposed to waiting on lines at the most-hyped showcases or parties. But there is one panel session I&rsquo;m eager to attend: <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/03/sxsw-2011-live-nation-entertainments-nathan-hubbard-to-face-critics-in-austin-texas.html">According to the L.A. Times&rsquo; ace music blogger Todd Martens</a>, Nathan Hubbard, one of the top executives at monopolistic concert giant Ticketmaster/Live Nation, has agreed to appear on a panel on Friday stacked with some of his biggest critics--including Andrew Kaplan of Chicago&rsquo;s Jam Productions, a company Live Nation once expressed a desire to &quot;crush, kill and destroy.&quot; Now <em>that</em> should be fun.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><strong>Also worth reading:</strong></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">CNET:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/8301-14013_1-20043584-284.html">Deal with it:&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;has changed</a> (on the interactive fest exploding)</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/41806-the-pitchfork-guide-to-sxsw-2011/">The Pitchfork Guide to SXSW&nbsp;2011<br /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2011/03/16/134568944/open-your-hearts-music-nerds-sxsw-advice-from-ann-powers">Motherly advice from Ann Powers on surviving SXSW&nbsp;(and not worrying about not being cool)<br /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">More Todd Martens:&nbsp;<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/03/sxsw-2011-the-music-stories-to-watch.html#more">SXSW 2011:&nbsp;The music stories to watch<br /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 05:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-03-16/sxsw-2011-tuesday-night-grimes-and-esben-and-witch-83784