Governors Ball 2014: Grimes Plays New Tunes for Rabid Crowd

Grimes at Governors Ball 2014
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Grimes performs during the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 6, 2014 in New York City.

There’s no one quite like Grimes, and the budding alternative pop star wrote another chapter in her unique DIY-meets-mainstream story Friday afternoon at Governors Ball. “This is a really special show for me because I’m gonna try out some new shit,” Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) proudly announced taking the stage, introducing a set that included a sampling of her forthcoming 2014 album and a closing track originally written for Rihanna.

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The new fare was absolutely killer. Beat-heavy and euphoric (one track was introduced by Grimes simply as a “big pop song”) the producer/singer is primed to vastly expand her fanbase (which already includes Jay Z) when the new LP arrives. The set was punctuated by dancing mimes, hula hoops and occasional crowd surfers inside the Gotham Tent to reward those who’d chosen Grimes over a very tempting TV On The Radio set across the grounds.