i'm on your side when nobody is
Dallas' own St. Vincent (Annie Clark of The Polyphonic Spree) is set to begin a string of East Coast tour dates with Pattern is Movement this evening in Boston, and if you take only one bit of advice from me this month, do NOT miss her. She is one of the most captivating live performers making music right now, and each time I've seen her play has been more magical than the last.
Forget the fact that her guitar playing is amazingly precise and stylishly unique; she has a stage prescence that cannot be learned. After her last show here in Dallas, people were throwing names around like Buckley, Bjork, Fiona Apple, and Nina Simone. And, while I don't necessarily agree with all of those comparisons, she definitely possesses some of the elements that make those artists special.
I featured this stunning track, from her upcoming LP, on my SIRIUS show this week, and it elicited more response from listeners than anything else I played. It's something like listening in on a futuristic, almost apocalyptic reading of a mid-century love letter:
St. Vincent Paris is Burning mp3
Here are the complete tour dates with Pattern is Movement:
June 9 The Paradise Lounge (Boston, MA)
June 11 Gloucester YMCA (Gloucester, MA)
June 12 Valentine's (Albany, NY)
June 13 The Bog (Scranton, PA)
June 14 Revolution Records (Washington, D.C.)
June 15 The Knitting Factory (NYC)
June 16 The Trocadero (Philly)
June 17 The Catacombs (Butler, PA)
June 18 Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)*
*also with Rachael Cantu.
View St. Vincent's July West Coast tour dates (w/ Rachael Cantu) here. Also, check out an interview Annie did with Urban Pollution.