Fresh off the release of her heavily-buzzed third album, Visions, the Montreal-based electronic-pop gazer Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) played a sold-out crowd at mainstay venue The Echo last Friday. A perfect weekend-starting set, Boucher performed solo alongside a pair of keyboards, other boxes and some heavily hyped-out folks that stood near the back, on stage drinking- she claimed one was her “step brother.” Having witnessed a Grimes set twice earlier, both with their own quirky, forgetful moments, it’s comforting that timed perfectly with same week that her career’s biggest album drops, Boucher delivered the best, most fluid sets I’ve yet seen for a packed venue in one of the industry’s biggest markets. Support came from fellow Canadian act Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble) playing along a gimmicky and very tired synth route (Light up leather jackets! Dude donning a full-face helmet on stage!) and SF rapper Lady Tragik.

Been busy folks. This Grimes show was shot for the always-good Smog City publication, LA Record and being that they are up over on their site, I’ve included but a tease of the hosted gallery below.

Photos/Words by Matt Draper