Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on August 2, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt

Still shaking from the @basiabulat @tuneyards and @st_vincent show at #summerstage. Definitely one of the defining concerts of the summer! -Laura Rubin

St. Vincent

St. Vincent at first seemed nervous due to a lot of technical difficulties with her band, but she quickly came into her element- perhaps focusing on Actor too much, Annie did not settle for just performing her songs, but reinventing them. She was absolutely exceptional, performing a sort of dance when she played guitar that was both a dance of rage and a parody of modern guitar solos at the same time as this spindly siren carries a pretty serious, Chuck Berry-esque guitar up to the front of the stage. She seemed lost in the world of her songs, a morose fairytale land of abstract orange hues and jagged shapes, but she brought something new out in her music with her reinterpretations- 'Your Lips Are Red' suddenly seemed almost like a Browning poem with its powerful jealousy and murderous themes.

The real highlight however, of this really quite exceptional set, may have been Black Rainbow- her impressive selection of band members (whom she recalled every name of, bless her) had starred and shone through several of her other hits. But with Black Rainbow the song just trickled into a dark, powerful musical marsh. You became weighed and yet uplifted by the powerful musical breaks, and it was... It was really something to watch. For all her nerves and sometimes awkward demeanour, St Vincent really performed today- but did so with a more rocky, almost Joplin edge to her music than she does on her albums. It was.... Divine. [Deliciously Apart]

St. Vincent headlined a free Central Park SummerStge show on Sunday, August 1st. She played with a full band with horns, as did opener Tune-Yards (who's playing the Rock Shop tonight)...
"The second Tune-Yards album can't come quickly enough. The existing recordings are very good, but don't do enough to showcase exactly how jaw-dropping Merrill Garbus has become as a live performer. I would go so far to say that she may be one of the greatest singers in the world today." [Fluxblog]
Canada's Basia Bulat was the first act of the day - she'll be back in NYC for two shows with the Acorn in September. The first is at Mercury Lounge on September 23rd. Tickets are on sale now. The second is one day later at Littlefield. Tickets are also on sale. All Basia dates are below.

More pictures & videos from the Central Park show, with two of the setlists, below too...

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St. Vincent - Your Lips are Red @ Central Park Summerstage 8/1/10

Tune-Yards - Real Live Flesh (Central Park Summerstage, 8.1.10)

St. Vincent @ Central Park Summerstage 8/1/2010 (setlist via)
The Strangers / Save Me From What I Want / Actor Out Of Work / Jesus Saves, I Spend / Just The Same But Brand New / The Neighbors / Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood / The Bed / Black Rainbow / Marrow / Your Lips Are Red // The Party

Tune-Yards @ Central Park Summerstage 8/31/2010 (setlist via)
Do You Wanna Live? / What's That About? / Powa / My Hood / Fiya / Real Live Flesh / Sunlight / Hatari / Don't Take My Life Away

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Basia Bulat - 2010 Tour Dates
08.06.10 - 08.08.10 - Edmonton, AB @ the Edmonton Folk Festival
08.10.10 - Innsbruck, Austria @ Bierstindl
08.11.10 - Vienna, Austria @ Haus der Musik
08.12.10 - Oslo, Norway @ The Oya Festival!
08.13.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West
08.14.10 - Varberg, Sweden @ Majas Strand Cafe
08.18.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
09.21.10 - Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear's Place #
09.23.10 - Manhattan, NY @ the Mercury Lounge #
09.24.10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield #
09.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kungfu Necktie #
09.26.10 - Washington, DC @ DC9 #
09.28.10 - Pontiac, MI @ the Pike Room #
09.29.10 - Cleveland, OH @ the Beachland Tavern #
09.30.10 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's #
10.02.10 - San Francisco, CA @ TBD
10.04.10 - La Jolla, CA @ the Loft
10.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Old Style Guitar Shop
10.09.10 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Fesival
10.15.10 - 10.17.10 Reyjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves
10.22.10 - Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
10.25.10 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall ^
10.28.10 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Center ^
10.29.10 - Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre ^
10.30.10 - Edmonton, AB @ MacDougall United Church ^
11.01.10 - Calgary, AB @ Knox United Church ^
11.02.10 - Nelson, BC @ The Hume Hotel ^
11.04.10 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ^

! with Owen Pallett
# with The Acorn
& with Halifax Symphony Orchestra
^ with Josh Ritter

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Comments (32)

>>"I would go so far to say that she may be one of the greatest singers in the world today."

lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:41 AM

My summary of St. Vincent performing Actor Out of Work yesterday: *SCREEEECH* followed by Annie staring daggers at the sound guys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:47 AM

I'm a big St Vincent fan, but yesterday's set was underwhelming. Annie seemed tired or depressed or bored or some combo, and though her singing was beautiful, her guitar playing was minimal, almost superficial, besides a couple energetic solos. The set was almost all Actor but without its teeth. Maybe others really enjoyed the mellow reinterpretation of songs, but I found it lacking.

Tuneyards stole the show - she/they were great.

P.S. Shirtless Flyswatter Dancing Guy totally rocked it. Lame when the security guy told him to stop dancing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:50 AM

Flyswatter man is a menace!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:54 AM

Fly Swatter ruled Flaming Lips. Same outfit and moves. Thinking about commissioning him to just hang out on Ludlow St with The Green Shag Situation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:57 AM

Thought Annie looked sexy as hell, like always, but her set definitely could have had a bit more energy. Not bad if you liked the mellow vibe, but it was nothing to get too excited about

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:59 AM

Holy Hogwarts! I thought I was reading the Daily Prophet when I saw that flyswatter in motion!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:01 PM

That lead singer for Tune-yards, kinda look like the Ultimate Warrior. Perhaps if music doesn't work out she should consider a career in the WWE. The St. Vincent chick hawt! Would totally hit it. But will say again. St. Vincent is the Michael Jordan of boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:03 PM

Having seen Annie live 8 or 9 times, I have to agree this one was off, largely due to sound (too much reverb on everything masking the intricate textures, obvious in-ear problems, bass going from overpowering to muddy) but also due to the weirdly incompetent new(?) drummer, who was completely out of pocket on several songs and also overindulged in crappy 80s sounds coated in gobs of gratuitous echo. And still, the beauty of some of her songs came through, especially in the second half of the set.

Tuneyards' show was a very nice surprise indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:05 PM

St. Vincent was great. Unfortunately didn't get there in time for Tune-Yards

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:14 PM

Her guitar should have been louder. Felt like it was drowned out at times by the other instruments. Other than that, I thought it was a really good show

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:18 PM

Flyswatter is a legend at free shows. He can do pushups like nobody's business.

I'm glad he decided to come out to support Lilleth Fair.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:35 PM

i bet i can do more than him.

i'm gonna challenge him.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:44 PM

12:03 . . . the Michael Jordan of premature ejaculation

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:10 PM

st. vincent was turrible and tune yards blew her away, both in stage presence and sheer likability. oh and musically. that too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:37 PM

maybe St. Vincent had a bit of a low-energy/introspective set, so it was hard for her to go after tuneyards. still, I liked them both, this is not a competition.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:52 PM

would really appreciate people not gabbing through quiet sets.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:26 PM

shhhhhh

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:03 PM

@3:26, what do you expect from a free show?

tuneyards? how about tuneless? i couldn't take anymore and left before StV came on.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:10 PM

I appreciate St. Vincent's music, but my eyes were not blind to the crowd.. it steadily thinned out during her set.. she had some knockout songs in the beginning, but then the 2nd half was not so engaging, and a bit too mellow and experimental.. soon a massive influx started at the end. I think she lost the central park crowd, whatever that means.. lesson learned? know your audience.

or it could be the paradox of the free concert.. ppl who pay for things like this, stay! the freeloaders could give a crap either way.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:15 PM

Some people came to see other acts, some left because they didn't dig the set, but maybe a thousand stayed till the end and had a good time. I think that's totally fine; she is an original artist and doesn't need to please everyone who comes to a free show on a particular date.

That said, the sound was a bit crap.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:23 PM

Tune-Yards is a blast live. So sick of fanboy fawning over St. Vincent.

Posted by LKJ | August 2, 2010 4:25 PM

That at Vincent girl is hot. Nice photos too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:31 PM

she pissed me off by not playing 'marry me' @ p4k. i see it has been dropped here as well. pity. also, her p4k set was low energy. i attributed it to the heat, and the tempo of the reworked tunes. anyway, all that crap about her guitar virtuosity has always been overstated. she works with texture mostly.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 5:15 PM

i like her summerstage outfit better than her orange outfit at pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 6:29 PM

annie is so freaking hot

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 6:41 PM

Considering Marry Me is her best song, she'd be wise to put it back in the set. Especially if she's making everything else sad bastard anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:17 PM

i'd hit it. the st. vincent and the hummus bar, in that order. it was the michael jordan of hummus bars.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:41 PM

Since when is an emaciated Brillo pad "hot?"

Posted by LKJ | August 3, 2010 1:30 PM

Terrific photography!

Posted by Dan | August 3, 2010 2:45 PM

St. Vincent's performance was delayed by audio problems, and you could see the audio crew carrying an amp or two offstage after fiddling with it for 20 minutes.
Audio problems are probably why the performance was lackluster; the keyboard was barely there, the sound of the guitar varied in a way it shouldn't have, the bass was way too heavy for a treble-dependent band, etc. Stuff picked up towards the end though. I also saw a bunch of people leave during her set, but I feel like it was because everyone got so riled up with Tuneyards energetic performance and were let down with the mellow St. Vincent performance.

Still want to marry Annie Clark though. Love u Annie Clark

Posted by A.S. | August 3, 2010 3:15 PM

Did the same people adjust the sound levels for Annie Clark that did for M.I.A.?

That's two shows I've been to that have had headliners ruined by their sound engineers and upstaged by their opening act.

Posted by t.s. | August 4, 2010 4:55 PM

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