Midlake, Tacks, + St. Vincent: Live in Dallas
Saturday night's show at the Granada, which featured 3 of Texas' best young acts, was effectively stolen by Dallas' own St. Vincent (who, according to Gapers Block, has signed with Beggars Banquet). Her live show has grown into quite the force, and with the addition of her stomp/kick drum-on-the-floor setup, and vocal effects courtesy of the Copperphone, she has become a captivating one-woman show. I know it's cliche as hell to say, but St. Vincent is one of those performers you just have to see live. Look for her debut LP in June, after a spring tour with Mr. John Vanderslice.
Austin's Tacks, The Boy Disaster is also quickly becoming one of our favorite bands. They played most of their wonderful Oh, Beatrice EP, and Evan Jacobs and crew were able to fill the theater with their expansive piano-jams, which tended to rock a little harder in a live setting than on record. Midlake was solid, as usual. The band had the adoring almost-hometown crowd in the palm of their hands for the duration of their set, and while the enormous video-projection setups on either side of the stage were a distraction at times, it's obvious that this long tour has served them well.
View more photos (by Garrison Reid) of St. Vincent and Tacks, The Boy Disaster after the jump. No Midlake photos, unfortunately. We gave up our prime spot, and by the time they went on, there was no getting anywhere near the stage...