Entries tagged with: St. Vincent
photos by James Richards IV
St. Vincent / FKA Twigs / Twin Peaks @ P4K Day 2
The Saturday night headliner might have technically been Neutral Milk Hotel, but you'd never guess it wasn't St. Vincent judging by the massive, dense crowd that gathered to see Annie Clark maintain her status as the most badass breakout indie-rock star of 2014. With her lavender hair tied back in "Heidi"-style French braids, and rocking a black, short-sleeved cocktail dress festooned with a giant gold flower, Clark blended her love of designers like Diane von Furstenburg and Vivienne Westwood seamlessly with her adoration of her personal style icon Albert Einstein, and paired it with robotic choreography straight from her 2013 tour with "Love This Giant" collaborator David Byrne. All that studied road work paid off: Who else could become a temporary Nirvana frontwoman, play the "SNL" season finale and enthrall a sea of some 5,000 people in the middle of Chicago in just under three months? - [Billboard]Pitchfork Fest is on its final day for 2014 as we post this, and here are a set of pics from Saturday, including sets from St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown, The Field, Wild Beasts, Chicago upstarts Twin Peaks and lots more.
Head to BrooklynVegan for more Day 2 pics and review, including a few from Neutral Milk Hotel's headlining set, and pics from Day 1 are HERE and HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of this Day 2 set below...
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ The Chicago Theatre, 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
David Byrne and St. Vincent have announced a summer North American tour in support of their 2012 collaborative album Love This Giant. That tour doesn't include a Chicago show (maybe you caught them at The Chicago Theatre back in September?), but they will be playing Highland Park, IL's Ravinia Festival on July 6. Tickets for all Ravinia Festival concerts go on sale on April 25. The pair are running presales for a few dates at LoveThisGiant.com, so stay tuned for a Ravinia one.
All David Byrne & St. Vincent dates and some footage from their 2012 tour are below...
Soundgarden @ NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom last week (more by Jonathan McPhail)
today in Chicago
* Bitchin Bajas @ Hideout
* Soundgarden @ the Riv (Night 1)
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Aragon Ballroom
* Wakey!Wakey!, Suzanna Choffel @ Schubas
* Giving Up, Life Partner, The Flowers @ The Burlington
* Anarchy For Assholes, The Life Champions, Down Diversey @ Township
* The Welcome, Bedroom Sons, Vintage Blue, Gabe Liebowitz @ Empty Bottle
Soundgarden play their first of two shows at the Riv tonight.
Bitchin Bajas play the final show of their January residency at the Hideout.
David Byrne and St. Vincent performed "I Should Watch TV" on Letterman last night. Check out the footage below.
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We covered over 200-concerts in the past year on BV Chicago(!). Most of that coverage included pictures from the show, shot by a slew of contributing photographers. Today, the last full day of 2012, we're listing our favorite live music photos of the year, snapped by names that frequently appear on the site. You may have met some of these folks at shows; they're all fantastic people and huge music fans, who do their best to discreetly document live performances. Our favorite live music photos of 2012 continue below.
photos by Chase Turner; words by Parker Langvardt
Annie Clark & David Byrne @ The Chicago Theatre, 9/18/2012
Annie Clark took center stage at The Chicago Theatre on Tuesday (9/18), with David Byrne joining her slightly off-center. Behind them stood the eight-piece brass and woodwind section (some of whom have played with Arcade Fire, Beirut, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, Coldplay, Aaron Neville, Wayne Shorter, and Charles Mingus), flanked by drummer Brian Wolfe and keyboardist/co-musical director Daniel Mintseris. The robust tones of "Who" -- lead single from the duo's collaborative album, Love This Giant -- blasted out, and David Byrne strummed an acoustic guitar as he sang through a headset mic. Clark nailed the sharply stepping melodies of the line "Who is an honest man?," which nicely contrasted Byrne's bolder vocals.
The band turned their backs at the end of the song, and Byrne joined them in dance steps as they began the Clark-focused "Weekend in the Dust." The choreographed marching continued throughout the show and turned their music into a vague form of theater, reinforced by the songwriter's keen observations on human life and their interactions as performers. Byrne joined the dancing and marching when he wasn't playing guitar, though Clark was tethered by her cords and effects pedals. She kept her feet busy nonetheless, and her shadow cast by the spotlight was particularly entertaining, shrinking exponentially as she danced away from the mic. Her playfully atonal guitar solo during "Ice Age" was a bit quiet, as was most of her playing for the first half of the show.
A guy near me yelled "Byrne, baby, Byrne!" causing Byrne to chuckle and apologize for doing so.
"We even choreographed the laughing," Clark quipped.
After this, the audience continued to compete for their attention, particularly Byrne's, including professing love for both of them, and one suggestion that the pair should run for president ("Clark and Byrne 2012").
The brass and woodwinds traded melodies throughout "The Forest Awakes," backed by a ringing synth and a strong snare and bass drum beat, working their way into a disorienting and anxious swirl. Byrne seemed to be most passionate during "I Should Watch TV," displaying frazzled aggression as deep sub-bass blasted under a hip-hop cymbal rhythm. St. Vincent's "Champagne Year" featured a theremin duet by Clark and Byrne. The two encores each consisted of of one St. Vincent ("The Party") and one Talking Heads ("Road to Nowhere") song. Full setlist is below.
by Kelly Pratt with additional photos by Jon Natchez
Kelly Pratt is currently on tour with St. Vincent and David Byrne, acting as co-musical director as well as one of their many band members. Since last week he's been chronicling that tour on BrooklynVegan. The latest installment was written last night while David was talking about his new book with Greg Kot at The Music Box, but here's a new entry written this morning, special for BV Chicago...
We're here, Chicago! Playing the third show of our tour at the Chicago Theatre tonight. A beautiful venue and one of my favorites anywhere.
As you can see from my photos, the horn section and drummer have gotten down to the nitty gritty of eating at the most unhealthy places possible. It will be an all veggie day for me.
See you tonight,
Check out some photos that band member Jon Natchez snapped backstage at the Chicago Theatre, and some videos, below.....
Alabama Shakes @ Metro in August (more by James Richards IV)
today in Chicago
* Teitur, Jodee Lewis @ City Winery
* Geocities, Shapers @ The Burlington
* JT Royster, Panther, Cold Country @ Township
* Soft Jolts, The Damn Choir, Sklut & Weston @ Schubas
* The Black Swans, Mako Sica, Grandeurs @ Empty Bottle
* Elephant Revival, Jonas Friddle & The Majority @ SPACE
* Alabama Shakes, The Pollies, Doc Dailey @ Subterranean
Alabama Shakes play a free (with RSVP) show tonight at Subterranean. For those that have RSVP'd and received confirmation letters: they will be handing out wristbands for entry at Subterranean starting at noon.
David Byrne and St. Vincent played "Who" and "The Forest Awakes" from their collaborative album Love This Giant on Fallon last night. Watch the pair perform both songs below.
Ty Segall has a new video for "The Hill." Check it out below.
Tickets for Purity Ring's September 16 show at Lincoln Hall with Evian Christ and Headaches are going on sale this Friday (7/20) at noon CST.
Tickets for David Byrne / St. Vincent's September 18 show at The Chicago Theatre are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 11AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is lovethisgiant.
When we told you tickets were already on sale for Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall's September 28 show at the Logan Square Auditorium, we did not know that was a limited presale for people who came to the Pitchfork Aftershows at the Bottle this past weekend (sorry!). Here's some good news though: Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (7/20) at 10AM CST.
Tickets for Kathleen Edwards' October 6 show at Park West are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST
Tickets for Jackson Browne's October 26 show at The Chicago Theatre with Sara Watkins are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is acoustic.
Tickets for Other Lives' December 7 show at Schubas / December 8 show at Lincoln Hall / two-show pass (both are with Indians) are going on sale this Friday (7/20) at noon CST.
Tickets for the Punch Brothers' December 13 show at the Vic are going on sale this Saturday (7/21) at 10AM CST.
St. Vincent @ the Vic in May (more by James Richards IV)
WXRT Radio and Goose Island are presenting the 312 Urban Block Party, which is happening on September 1 outside of Goose Island's warehouse (Walnut St. b/w Wolcott Ave. & Wood St.). St. Vincent, who plays The Chicago Theatre with David Byrne later that month, is the featured musical guest (with more TBA). Sounds pretty great, huh? Well, "you can only WIN tickets to this EXCLUSIVE event." Details on how to enter to win can be found HERE. Best of luck.
St. Vincent & David Byrne's new single "Who," and Annie's "Grot" and "Krokodil" below...
DOWNLOAD: David Byrne & St. Vincent - "Who" (MP3)
St. Vincent @ Bonnaroo last weekend (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
David Byrne and St. Vincent have announced some more details surrounding their long-awaited collaborative album, Love This Giant, due out on September 11 via 4AD/Todo Mundo. The 12-track album features a brass section with members of the Dap-Kings and Antibalas. Download the album track "Who" at the top of this post. Check out Love This Giant's cover art/tracklist at the bottom of this post.
David Byrne, Annie Clark, and a band comprised of eight brass players, a keyboardist, and a drummer will bring Love This Giant on the road this fall throughout North America. They'll make a stop at The Chicago Theatre on September 18.
Ticketing info is forthcoming. UPDATE: Tickets go on sale on Saturday (7/21) at 11AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM - 10PM on Friday (7/20); the password is lovethisgiant.
All 2012 tour dates are listed below, along with album info for Love This Giant.
photos by James Richards IV, words by Claire O'Connor
In a stark contrast to her last visit to Chicago, Annie Clark of St. Vincent really gave it to her fans and the city. The show was flushed with "silver linings," as Clark put it, and it was a statement that rang true as the night progressed. Complete with storytelling sessions and a strobed-out light show that could put Crystal Castles to shame, this was not only a different Annie than we saw in October, but a whole different show. At the sold-out Vic Theater on Friday night (May 11), 2011's Strange Mercy held court, with peaks and excerpts from 2009's Actor and 2007's Marry Me. As they've been doing for a hot minute, the band also meticulously covered The Pop Group's "She's Beyond Good and Evil," following it up with St. Vincent's newest release and elected stage-dive number, "Krokodil."
Fitted with her standard leather hot pants and "how does she wear those" high heels, backed by keyboardists Toko Yasuda and Daniel Mintseris and drummer Matt Johnson, Clark not only added dimension to songs on her most recent album, Strange Mercy, but equally changed their language. Their set opened with a Mooged-out "Marrow," followed by fan-favorites "Cheerleader," "Chloe in the Afternoon," Actor Out of Work," "Black Rainbow," and "Cruel." Before diving into "Dilettante," Clark described how it is a love story, almost a love/hate note, to New York City. She then said, "New York is just a lesser Chicago, the Chicago of the East Coast." All in attendance liked that a lot (myself included).
Clark broke out a theremin for "Northern Lights" and jumped back and forth between that and her guitar, an eccentrically fantastic effort that was one of the highlights of a show filled with many. As "Krokodil" closed the set, Clark abandoned her guitar, sat on the shoulders of a bouncer, and dove into the crowd arms first singing "sweet krokodil-dil-dil." Covering what seemed like the entire standing floor area, pushed back and forth with a summersault mixed somewhere in there, she never stopped singing. The audience went nuts and it was the perfect way to end the set. The band quickly returned to the stage for the one song encore of "Your Lips Are Red," an extended version they've been playing on tour.
Austin, TX's Shearwater opened the show and we've got pictures of both acts below...
Shearwater @ Lincoln Hall on 2/16/2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Austin band Shearwater welcomed their eighth LP, Animal Joy, on February 14 via Sub Pop Records. To me, Animal Joy is the full realization of what the band were aiming for on 2010's The Golden Archipelago, keeping the Peter Gabriel-like core intact, but firming it up into an interesting rock record. As we've mentioned a few times, the album is still streaming via NPR and can be purchased via Sub Pop's webstore.
Two days after the record hit stores, Shearwater toured through Chicago with Sharon Van Etten, playing two sold out nights at Lincoln Hall. Some pictures from night one (February 16) are in this post. Head HERE for a full review and all photos from the show.
If you missed Shearwater this time around, don't fret: they've just been added as main support to St. Vincent's spring North American tour. The tour hits the Vic on May 11. Advance tickets are on sale.
All 2012 tour dates, more pictures from Lincoln Hall, and some videos, below..
St. Vincent has a brand new video for the Strange Mercy track "Cheerleader." The clip, directed by Hiro Murai, features a mammoth-sized Annie Clark chained up as an art gallery exhibit. In true tragedy fashion, once she finally breaks free of her contraints, her body starts to crumble like a stone sculpture. Check out the footage at the bottom of this post.
All 2012 tour dates and the music video for "Cheerleader" are below..
As mentioned, FELA! is coming to the Oriental Theatre for a two-and-a-half week stay this March. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (1/27), at 10AM CST. Use the presale code "FELA" to purchase tickets now.
As announced last week, St. Vincent's spring North American tour will reach the Vic on May 11th. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday (1/28), at 10AM CST. An artist presale is currently underway.
St. Vincent @ Metro in October (more by Matt Ziegler)
UPDATE: Tickets go on sale next Saturday (1/28), at 10AM CST.
All 2012 tour dates and some videos, below..
photos by Matt Ziegler
Touring through Chicago in support of her recently released LP Strange Mercy, St. Vincent visited Metro this past Wednesday (10/5) with Welsh solo artist Cate Le Bon. Her setlist consisted of a healthy mixture of tracks from the record, as well as cuts from her past releases and a jaw-dropping cover of The Pop Group's "She Is Beyond Good and Evil."
More pictures from the show and her full setlist are below..
today in Chicago
* Thin Hymns, Distractions, Health & Beauty @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* The Turbo Vamps, The Ridgelands, Bent Left, The Mediums, DJ Meltron @ Ultra Lounge
* Justin & the Salty Dogs, Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, Simon Flory, Peter Oyloe, Dominic Catanzaro @ Double Door
Stream new albums from Neon Indian, St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy, and more via NPR.
Royal Baths @ Shea Stadium in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
today in Chicago
* Peter Bjorn & John, The Rhunes @ Schubas
* Royal Baths, Outer Minds, Jealousy @ Hideout
* Magical Beautiful, Chandeliers, Magic Key, Distractions @ Subterranean
* The Get Up With The Get Downs, Black Bear Combo, Savvy @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
St. Vincent will play "Cruel" on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) at 10:35PM CST. Check out the music video for the track below.
St. Vincent @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) is set to release her third LP Strange Mercy on September 13th via 4AD.
In support of the album, Annie and co will head out on a fall North American tour.
They'll hit Chicago on October 5th to play Metro.
Tickets have not been posted as of yet.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.
Strange Mercy's cover art is above, and its tracklisting plus all 2011 tour dates lie below..