Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 21, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

St. Vincent

"If you have been to enough concerts, you become familiar with the dynamic of the audience and the singer during small talk moments: They say something, the audience claps or laughs accordingly, and the space between the songs is filled up, nothing more to think about. Annie Clark is a friendly, funny person on stage, but last night, it seemed as though the audience collectively didn't know what to do when she addressed us. Awkward pauses, bad jokes from weird dudes in the back, lots of nervous laughter -- at some points, it felt like the entire room was on a bad first date with someone way out of our league.

Clark and her band of top notch multi-instrumentalists were excellent, but they did not entirely find their groove until about halfway through the show. " [Fluxblog]

Pattern is Movement and St Vincent, who, if nothing else, have violinist Daniel Hart in common, played the second night of their tour together at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/20). All dates, more pictures from the show, and SV's setlist, below...

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Setlist
The Strangers
Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood
Now, Now
Actor Out Of Work
The Party
Oh My God
The Bed
Save Me From What I Want
Black Rainbow
Marrow
Just The Same But Brand New

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Marry Me
Your Lips Are Red

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St Vincent also recently played the Virgin Megastore. Her next NYC-area show is All Points West.

St Vincent & Pattern is Movement - 2009 Tour Dates
5/21/2009 Philadelphia, PA Unitarian Church
5/22/2009 Washington, DC Black Cat
5/24/2009 George, WA Sasquatch!
5/25/2009 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
5/27/2009 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
5/28/2009 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
5/30/2009 San Diego, CA Casbah
5/31/2009 Phoenix, AZ Modified
6/2/2009 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
6/3/2009 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr.
6/4/2009 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
6/5/2009 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
6/7/2009 Chicago, IL Epiphany
6/10/2009 Lexington, KY The Dame
6/11/2009 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
6/12/2009 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
6/16/2009 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
6/18/2009 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
6/19/2009 Austin, TX Mohawk

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Comments (78)

Fluxblog is a clueless dickbag. He's probably not a musician, because the band was pretty much on their game the entire night, regardless of how it "felt" to him. There are always assholes in the audience. Annie made a few awkward jokes, so what? Great show aside from the verbose, spaz bloggers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:10 PM

ok show. but a far cry away from her solo shows a year or two ago.

the LI Fratboys up front were pretty annoying. I had to move back to get away from them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:13 PM

Saw David Byrne there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:13 PM

"the LI Fratboys up front were pretty annoying."

Don't be so quick to call out strong island...they could have just as easily been from staten island or jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:20 PM

st. vincent = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. please, can you stop talking about her? thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:20 PM

no. They were definitely from Dung Island. I heard them telling a guy next to them they were from LI.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:23 PM

Same outfit as Virgin Megastore - not that I minded...

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:30 PM

Saw Annie in Somerville the night before. Fluxblog is right-on about the band not seeming quite comfortable with the arrangement of songs yet. Last time I saw Annie, her double mic worked better: one mic reverby, the other normal. This time there was little difference so it looked awkward with her switching back and forth with little effect. Highlights live this tour are definitely Marrow, Just The Same But Brand New, The Party and Oh My God (Annie solo and sparkling). They'll grow into the songs as the tour progresses.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:31 PM

i thought the crowd was decent, actually. i've seen way, way worse. like, for example, the black keys' recent shows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:31 PM

This is a deeply fraudulent person/act.

Totally uncompelling and grating.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:32 PM

I am tired of bloggers giving their opinion and action like they are the word of god.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:33 PM

Let's be honest here. The "LI douchebag" type can just as easily be from Manhattan or Williamsburg these days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:34 PM

Did Pattern Is Movement do any new stuff? Was it any good?

Posted by Bill | May 21, 2009 12:35 PM

what's w/the front barrier?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:36 PM

marissa nadler > st. vincent

Posted by the truth | May 21, 2009 12:37 PM

Pattern is movement played 2 new songs. They sounded OK, similar to their old songs.

Posted by anon | May 21, 2009 12:41 PM

love annie and they all did a tight, solid performance. but the show felt...dead.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:49 PM

lay off of stinky island ...

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 12:52 PM

>>Pattern is Movement and St Vincent, who, if nothing else, have violinist Daniel Hart in common

Pattern is Movement was Clark's backing band on one of her early tours.

Posted by J | May 21, 2009 12:57 PM

yea since when does webster have a no man's land?

I would also like to offer some constructive criticism on the poster graffito: the moustache isn't bad, but it would be so so so much better if there was an accent over the "o" in "Actor."

Yep.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | May 21, 2009 1:04 PM

good or bad.. she is beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:09 PM

"yea since when does webster have a no man's land? "

Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:13 PM

I thought the show was tight, but the audience was really off. There was the one guy constantly trying to start the crowd clapping during songs and people complaining about the heat. In general, it just felt like a lot of people trying too hard to be excited about something, instead of actually becoming excited by it. It did feel like a first date, but she was the better part of it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:34 PM

taking pictures in the bathroom.... tsk tsk.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:35 PM

Boring songwriting. Boring stage presence. Decent production. "Now Now" was massive... but nothing else she's done has lived up to that grandeur, even a little bit. Overhype!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:45 PM

well I think it must be said in an anonymous post- I find it kind of scary how thin she is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:47 PM


Pattern Is Movement are real good dudes.

Philly represent! They hold down Johnny Brendas

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:51 PM

who are the douchebags with the v.i.p. badges?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 1:55 PM

one of the "VIP"s looks like the litle girl from Party of Five? (I'm ashamed, truly ashamed I know that)

webster hall is a bad venue for her. she should not play there. it only attracts NYU brats.

Posted by VIPS | May 21, 2009 2:04 PM

Anonymous needs to chill. We get it. You don't like her.

Anyway, I'm excited about seeing her next week. Should be a good show.

Posted by Jeff | May 21, 2009 2:41 PM

I like her records but it doesnt come as a shock that her shows are boring and her stage presence is lame.

Posted by redpoint | May 21, 2009 3:01 PM

She will be mine.

Oh yes - she will be mine.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:19 PM

seeing My Cousin Vinny > seeing St. Vincent

Posted by sad but true? | May 21, 2009 3:22 PM

you youts dese days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:24 PM

wow, short set list
thank god she f-able

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:25 PM

shame on annie.

Posted by friend of mary | May 21, 2009 3:26 PM

all of yo la tengo was there

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:30 PM

so she must be good then

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:31 PM

She is usually great live. Definitely not overhyped.

Last night the crowd was just a little dead and the songs off the new album just don't have the same energy as her older ones.

She used to play this killer song, "Bang, Bang" at her shows. Really one of the best live songs I've heard. I don't believe there is a recorded version of it though.

I honestly wasn't crazy into the "Marry Me" album, but those songs just took on a life of their own when performed live. She also used to do some great covers... like "These Days" and "Dig a Pony".

As far as "Actor" goes... I think it's a really solid album... a lot better than "Marry Me", really. But the songs just songs have much impact live. Especially "The Strangers" and "Actor Out of Work". Much better on the record.

The "jammier" songs she played towards the end of the set were a lot better. "Save Me From What I Want" was fantastic.

Hopefully she'll play some smaller shows with a smaller band sometime soon. I don't really have much interest in seeing St. Vincent again in this configuration.

Posted by wembley | May 21, 2009 3:35 PM

david bryne was in VIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:35 PM

Ok, can we stop with that same facial pose of hers?
It's the only shot she's got. In fact, it may be all she's got, period.
And eat a sandwich for cripe-sakes!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 3:54 PM

Why don't YOU eat a dick, 3:54.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:09 PM

Let's all eat a dick sandwich and call it a day

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:15 PM

bang bang is a nancy sinatra cover. there are certainly recorded versions of the original available.

that's not lacey chabert from party of five.

david byrne was there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:20 PM

I'm not a fucking moron. Any idiot knows that Nancy Sinatra "Bang Bang". It's a completely different song.

This is the St. Vincent song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WstkRevLhIk

Posted by wembley | May 21, 2009 4:33 PM

12:10 - Fluxblog "douchebag" practically gave the new record a 10 on P4K. That's gonna move more than a few units for her. It's hardly the kiss of death that he gave a reasonable, if not entirely flattering, review of a show. Relax.

3:54 - Bring on the sandwich jokes, because y'all are harsh as hell on big girls (they need love too)

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:46 PM

She wore the same exact outfit at Virgin Megastore and Somerville on Tuesday.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:48 PM

Annie can do no wrong for me. I do however feel that she's at a weird growth place, venue wise. Maybe two nights at Bowery Ballroom would have been cooler. I do feel she's a great artist, and am pleased to see her doing so well.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:49 PM

more like con artist

Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:53 PM

She wore the same outfit at the Virgin Megastore.

Posted by RB | May 21, 2009 4:58 PM

Hmmm. Everyone in the first band is Dan Deacon. Cool.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 4:59 PM

she bought 5 of the same outfit

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 5:05 PM

david told me in vip

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 5:06 PM

Saw her last year at Knit Factory. Her ample use of backing tracks annoyed the hell out of everyone in our party. She already had 5 musos on the stage with her. Only U2 relies on so many pre-recorded tracks live! Talented guitarist. Overhyped performer and songwriter.

Posted by Jessica Fletcher | May 21, 2009 5:13 PM

I saw her working out at the gym and guess what outfit she was wearing

Posted by hardeeharhar | May 21, 2009 5:21 PM

If she didn't look like she does no one would give a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 5:22 PM

I would...

Posted by hans moleman | May 21, 2009 5:24 PM

I heard Gorbachev was downstairs

Posted by patrick bateman | May 21, 2009 5:42 PM

her guitar was too quiet.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 6:05 PM

my guitar was too loud.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 6:10 PM

Nice photos.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 6:18 PM

I liked the show :) Black Rainbow, Marrow and Lips were pretty sick. Black Rainbow has such a gorgeous climax, I only wish it would've last longer. The frat boys were pretty annoying.

Posted by amphibian | May 21, 2009 7:16 PM

You know she's obsessively reading these right???
That or else she's busy twittering.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 7:18 PM

same clothes or not, i'll still hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 7:53 PM

I really hate the ambiguous "I'm a beautiful mannequin" photo, her band's name, the italicized all-caps roman typeface, and the san clemente rose/creamsicle background. It's offensive. It offends me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 8:02 PM

Does anybody know who exactly was in the backing band?

Posted by Julian F. | May 21, 2009 8:06 PM

i blame the sound douches at webster. her guitar was barely audible for the first half.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 9:19 PM

Actor is one of the best albums of the year and she is phenomenal live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 9:21 PM

AMAZING photos!!!! some of your best yet!

Posted by Cory Greenwell | May 21, 2009 9:27 PM

i too blame it mostly on webster hall. the sound there is just terrible, and the way the crowd is set up just sucks. this is like the 5th show i've seen there and i keep telling myself never to go back there. the problem is a lot of good bands get booked there. i hope i stay strong next time...

Posted by shovevani | May 21, 2009 11:40 PM

you can see annie's camel toe in that outfit... she wore it last night in philly and i couldn't stop staring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 10:47 AM

^^^classy!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 10:58 AM

I don't understand the whole hype on this girl. The music is really good but i would much rather listen to it in my apartment or on the train but not live. I went to one of her solo shows (i think sometime last year) and it was pretty boring. I'm sure its much more entertaining with band behind her but it can't be that much better. My buddy saw her at the Unitarian Church in Philly last night and said he couldn't wait to leave.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | May 22, 2009 11:05 AM

I agree with just about everyone who said the show was lacking something.

...and yeah, you can't hear the reverb from the other mic anymore. Sad.

Just the Same But Brand New was amazing, though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 12:38 PM

I was tweeting through the whole show.

Posted by Twitterbird | May 22, 2009 1:33 PM

when I saw her in philly last night I thought she was phenomenal. she band sounded great, and the crowd seemed to be loving it (even with the tiny church basement being packed and without air conditioning). I was also a big fan of the "more badass" version of 'your lips are red' that she ended with.

Posted by lauren | May 22, 2009 1:38 PM

is she still dating that girl?

Posted by sara | May 23, 2009 12:32 AM

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