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Grimes Explains What “Go” Is About

Last week, Grimes released her Blood Diamonds collaboration “Go,” a straight-up gleaming pop song that she’d originally written for Rihanna. And as certain comments sections will attest, it may be the year’s single most divisive song. (We at Stereogum, for the record, like it a lot.) On Twitter recently, a fan asked Grimes what the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2014 - 9:24 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The challenge in compiling the 5 Best Songs Of The Week isn’t determining which songs deserve to be included and which don’t, it’s determining which deserving songs to cut and which to keep. This week presented us with a ridiculous assortment of Best Songs, so many that we could have come up with at least… More »

By: Stereogum / June 27, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Grimes – “Go”

Recently, Grimes and her Canadian countryman Blood Diamonds wrote a song called “Go” for Rihanna. Rihanna, or her people, turned it down. And now Grimes has taken the song for herself, debuting it onstage at the Governors Ball festival earlier this month. Today, we get to hear the studio version of the song, and it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2014 - 2:35 pm

The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent four on Saturday and Sunday. After being impressed and surprised repeatedly on Friday, I had a… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Watch Grimes Debut “Go,” Her Song For Rihanna, At Governors Ball

Grimes promised three new songs at Governors Ball — including one she and Blood Diamonds wrote for Rihanna (who passed on it) — and that’s exactly what she delivered. “David,” “Sleepwalking,” and “Go” were the titles of the new tracks. Billboard had this to say about the new stuff:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Rihanna Turned Down A Song That Grimes Wrote For Her

On Friday night, Grimes will play New York’s Governors Ball festival. And as she pointed out on Twitter this afternoon, we might want to pay special attention to the last song of her set. The song, Grimes explains, is “kinda different from regular grimes.” That’s because she and frequent collaborator Blood Diamonds wrote the song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 4:49 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Jay Z Signs Grimes To Roc Nation Management

Now it looks like Jay Z and Grimes have more than just being vegans in common. The rapper’s Roc Nation management company announced via tweet that the Canadian musician has been added to their roster. In a Tumblr post following the announcement, Grimes throws up an Illuminati hand sign (in a move that will fuel… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

Just after midnight, eco- and animal-friendly lightning rod Grimes aka Claire Boucher excitedly posted to Tumblr about the existence of the new Ben & Jerry’s flavor Scotchy Scotch Scotch (which is affiliated with Anchorman 2) and quipped, “1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw.” Apparently some vegan Grimes follower took offense to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 21, 2013 - 11:27 am

Grimes Responds To Criticism Of Russia Concert

Since the well-received release of 2012’s Visions, Grimes (Claire Boucher) has been working on a new album that’s hopefully due early next year. In addition to the new album, Boucher released a very minimal tour schedule, consisting mainly of festivals. But next week Grimes is playing a private show in Moscow, a decision that ha… More »

By: Brie Roche lilliott / October 30, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Grimes, Liars, Warpaint To Cover Duran Duran On New Tribute Album

UPDATE: Grimes’ label 4AD says she is not participating in this tribute…

Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute To Duran Duran is coming early next year via Manimal Vinyl, the label that previously gave us tributes to Madonna and the Cure. You can check out the current list of participants below (via duranduran.com) and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 15, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Grimes’ Hospitality Rider Is Eco- And Dog-Friendly

Grimes is a dog person, apparently, and if you’re promoting a Grimes show, you should probably have a dog on hand. Claire Boucher recently posted a few excerpts of her tour rider on her Tumblr, offering this explanation: “i dunno if anyone cares about this stuff but im like obsessed with reading other peoples rider… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013 - 10:15 am

Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Indie Kidz Songs: Hear Parodies Of Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, And More Singing Children’s Classics

You might remember late last year finding a commercial for a fake Christmas song compilation by indie music stars including Bon Iver, Beach House, and the xx. The parody video by Animal New York (with the music by Adam Horne of the band Bear Ceuse) was so hilarious because the impressions were perfectly accurate, both… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 25, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Watch A Video Diary Of James Brooks And Grimes’ Summer

Grimes and Elite Gymnastics/Dead Girlfriends/Default Genders dude James Brooks make up one of the most interesting and generally likable couples in music right now. They’re both vocal feminists and fans of frothy pop music, and they both Tumblr prolifically, make great electronic pop songs, and generate feverish debate on Stereogum and in its comments section. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Franz Ferdinand – “Oblivion” (Grimes Cover)

Franz Ferdinand released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action this week and, in their promo run, stopped by French radio station Oui FM. There, the band did an acoustic cover of Grimes’s “Oblivion.” Earlier this year, the Crutchfield sisters (Katie of Waxahatchee and Allison of Swearin’) did their own rendition for Rookie which you ca… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 28, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Watch Grimes Interview 2 Chainz, Riff Raff, Snooki, Richard Simmons, & More On The VMA Red Carpet

Last week, we learned the exciting news that Grimes, along with fashion designer Rachel Antonoff, would co-host MTV Style’s VMA red carpet show. Sadly, we did not get one single glimpse of Claire Boucher on the network’s official pre-show. But Grimes stayed busy filming on-camera interviews for the web. There was the much-blogged-about moment where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2013 - 10:45 am

See Photos, Videos, & Winners List From The 2013 MTV VMAs

If you played our VMAs 2013 Drinking Game, you are very drunk right now. Tonight MTV invaded Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards, the borough’s first-ever televised live awards ceremony. There weren’t a lot of big surprises (thanks to spoilers from Stephen Colbert and Joey Fatone, Sr) other than the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 25, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Watch Grimes And Kathleen Hanna Discuss Beyoncé, Riot Grrrl, And Feminism On MTV’s VMA All Access

Tonight is the MTV Video Music Awards; surrounding the awards show, MTV has been airing a series of interviews with artists online. One of them is a feminist dream conversation between Grimes (tonight’s VMA red carpet co-host) and Kathleen Hanna. Throughout clips, Grimes and Hanna talk about feminism and politics, riot grrrl, Beyoncé, and more. More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 25, 2013 - 11:32 am

Grimes To Co-Host VMA Red Carpet For MTV Style

Last week, Grimes ignited a minor internet shitstorm when she played stuff like Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey during a Boiler Room DJ set. Since we met her, she’s been a fascinating underground-experimental type who’s proud to proclaim her love of straight-up pop music. And Grimes’s latest gig will propel her completely out of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2013 - 5:06 pm