Larkin Grimm | Live Review
Time Out New York | Jay Ruttenberg
The singer, who is currently preparing an album for Young God Records, came of age in Appalachia, where her father was immersed in hillbilly music.
Issue 659 : May 14–20, 2008
Live music show
Union Pool; Fri, May 16
Like so many creators of edgy contemporary folk, Larkin Grimm is a second-generation hippie, born into a community of energy healers—a self-described “child of the cult.” The singer, who is currently preparing an album for Young God Records, came of age in Appalachia, where her father was immersed in hillbilly music. Like a character in a broadly drawn satirical novel, Grimm matriculated at a string of Ivy League colleges, hitchhiked across Alaska, and logged time in the mountains of Georgia and the noise-rock scene of Providence, where she currently resides. Somehow, the singer’s music digests elements from her sundry worlds. Accompanying herself on dulcimer and guitar, Grimm sounds at various times wild-eyed and placid, witchy and innocent. Yet she is best when she submits to her many eccentricities, manifested through bodily fixated lyrics and hair-raising singing that could spook a hardened cult leader.
— Jay Ruttenberg