This Saturday, Montreal pop enchantress Grimes will play the free show Make Music Pasadena in Old Town Pasadena, at 5 p.m. on the Playhouse District Eclectic Stage at 23 S. Madison Ave. (see the whole schedule here). She joins an impressive lineup, which this year includes indie pop stars Cults, psych-dance band The Chain Gang of 1974, and lots of local heroes like Dam-Funk (see photos of his Amoeba DJ set), Electric Guest, Dengue Fever, Grouplove, So Many Wizards, The Lonely Wild, NO, The Happy Hollows and more.
Grimes aka Claire Boucher stopped by Amoeba to pick up a few records and DVDs, and her choices aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. No K-pop and light on obscure electronica (save for Balam Acab’s Wander/Wonder), Boucher instead opted for guilty pleasures — a couple of Blink-182 and Justin Bieber DVDs, a T.A.T.U. record, that sort of thing. Having watched this thing a couple of times now, I’m most taken with Boucher’s ease and candor as she talks about really uncool music many of us secretly like.