There are few experimental artists who can compete with the breadth of Grouper’s Liz Harris. Since appearing on the scene with her self-titled debut in 2005, Harris’ prolific solo output is only rivaled by her collaborations with acts like Xiu Xiu and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
Grouper’s sound lingers on a purgatorial plane, roaming through a great beyond of folky acoustic drones and piano-driven requiems. There’s a stillness in the tonality of the songs, but a great deal of movement in their lyricism.
Finding ever-growing acclaim from fans and critics alike, Grouper’s album Ruins (recorded in 2014 while living in Portugal) perhaps best exemplifies the tumultuous and sometimes eerie world Harris creates. Described as Grouper’s “unplugged” album by Pitchfork, Ruins’ encroaching swells give way to scattered piano keys with whispered lyrics fitting snugly in between each note. This year's Grid of Points follows in Ruins' footsteps, with a new set of tales wrapped up in her delicate songcraft.
Much like her albums, Grouper’s live sets are intensely personal, aimed to evoke the deepest responses from both longtime fans and first-time witnesses. Performances often feature monochromatic projections to complement the ethereal atmosphere; they’re a place to be introspective or simply just to sway.
Making a long-awaited Sled Island debut, Grouper is here to demonstrate that there are stories to be told among her soundscapes, whether they involve dragging a dead deer up a hill, alien observers, or a man who died in his boat.
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- 40 Watt Sun
- Ada Lea Alder & Ash Alimony The Allovers Also Also Also Ancient Pig The Avulsions
- B*les & The Suede B.A. Johnston Bad Buddy Basic Instinct Bat Fangs BB BB Mars BBQT Bebe Buckskin Billy Moon BIRDO Black Thunder Blessed Blue Odeur Blue Youth The Body Body Lens Bodywash Bog Bodies Borscht botfly Boyhood Bridal Party Building Confidence Through Play Burnt Shrines
- Calisthenics Camille Delean Carbolizer Carissa Gem Cartel Madras Cascades Caves Chained by Mind Cherry Glazerr Cherubs Chief n' Council Chieftain Chiffres Chron Goblin Chunder Buffet Chuurch Cold Water Conversations with Bears Counterfeit Jeans CRABSTYLE Crims & Flow Crom/Dam CROTCH Cryptorips Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dadweed Dark Time Deerhoof Deliluh Dillon Nathaniel Dirty Projectors Discovery Zone DJ Dine & Dash DRI HIEV Ducks Unlimited Dumb
- Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio empath ÉMU Eucademix The Ex-Boyfriends Expanda Fuzz Eyeballs
- Faith Healer Family Injera Feed Dogs Feel Alright The Flaming Lips Fountain Friesen/Waters Duo From Russia with Love (ARG vs CRO) future star Fuzzy P
- The Garrys Ghost Woman Glaux Glum Gone Cosmic Goosebump Griefwalker Grouper Guerilla Toss
- HAIRNET Hales Nwad Harrison Brome Heavydive Hermitess HomeSick Hood Joplin Horse Girl Hot Garbage housepanther Hugh Man HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik)
- J Blissette Jack Sinclaire Janitor Scum JayWood jo passed Jock Tears John Maus Jonathan Kawchuk josh pan Julius Sumner Miller Jung People - Ambient Set Justin Wright
- K-Riz Kandekt Kari Faux
- Lab Coast Lambsbreath Le Plaisir Leather Jacuzzi Lido Pimienta Lié Life In Vacuum Lingua Ignota Live CJSW Sessions Lost Creatures Louis Cza Lucid 44 LYRIQUE & The Honor Roll
- Mad Ones Mademoiselle Magic & Johnson Mahogany Frog Man Meat The Mandates Mark Adam Marlaena Moore Mary Timony Plays Helium Matthew Cardinal Melted Mirror Michael Rault Miesha & The Spanks Mob Bounce Moths & Locusts Mount Eerie Mount Kimbie myst milano.
- Natural Selection DJs Necking nêhiyawak Nick Schofield No Warning NOVEMBER
- OAKK ohmwar OpenEnd Ora Cogan Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie Oseko Owen Pallett with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
- Paradise Passive Peach Kelli Pop Peach Pyramid Petra Glynt Pin-Bar Guest DJs The Plodes Polly Dactic POSTNAMERS Prissy Whip Psychic Pollution
- The Radiation Flowers Real Sickies Redress respectfulchild respectfulchild & An Ant And An Atom Russell Louder
- Samantha Savage Smith SBDC Scattered Clouds Screaming Targets Selci Shabazz Palaces Sharing Shearing Pinx The Shiverettes Sightlines Silkq Sister Ray SLATES Slow Slow Tide Slut Prophet smoke eaters Smokey & the Feeelings Snotty Nose Rez Kids soft cure Solid Freex Speed Strips Strangerfamiliar Subjectivity Sunglaciers Supermoon Swim Swim Team Symfan Synkro
- TBA TechOne Territories Text Chunk THICK Thundercat Too Attached Touching God Trash Hawks Trigger Warming Truster Tyondai Braxton
- Ufomammut Uncanny Valley
- Valiska Vanta Vase VICTIME
- Wand Wayst WHAT A TIME White Hills WHOOP-Szo WILL CLARKE Will Clarke B2B Dillon Nathaniel Wine Lips Wire Spine Wish Lash Woodhawk WORLD BRAIN Wye Oak
- Year of Glad YEP