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St. Vincent @ The Chicago Theatre (pics)

Other than a few stray roadies, also dressed as aliens, St. Vincent was the stage’s sole occupant, wearing outfits that suggested a fembot out of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.” In that respect, she took a page from recent tours by hip-hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, who turned their shows into one-person theater, playing multiple roles with their musical accompaniment (whether recordings or bands) relegated to the shadows, heard but not seen. Another touchstone was the sci-fi imagery and gender fluidity dramatized by David Bowie’s ’70s stage personas.

Yet for all the emphasis on remote cool — strobes and layers of curtains that eventually revealed an array of disturbing videos — the show also held a blowtorch to the iciness. – [Chicago Tribune]

St. Vincent brought her “Fear the Future” tour to Chicago on Friday, January 12. This is a precision, theatrical one-woman show, not one where setlists change nightly: the first act features songs from her first four albums, and then she performs Masseduction in full. You can check out pictures from St. Vincent’s Chicago Theatre show in the gallery above, and the setlist is below.

Read our review and check out pics of her Brooklyn shows here. Her tour, which is currently opened by veteran jazz duo Tuck & Patti (who are also her uncle and aunt), hits Denver tonight 1/15). Updated tour dates — which include stops at Coachella and Boston Calling — are listed below.

SETLIST: St Vincent @ Chicago Theatre 1/12/2018 (via)
Set 1: “Fear”
Marry Me
Now Now
The Strangers
Actor Out of Work
Cruel
Cheerleader
Strange Mercy
Digital Witness
Rattlesnake
Birth in Reverse

Set 2: “Fantasy” (The “MASSEDUCTION” album in its entirety)
Hang on Me
Pills
Masseduction
Sugarboy
Los Ageless
Happy Birthday, Johnny
Savior
New York
Fear the Future
Young Lover
Dancing With a Ghost
(played over PA)
Slow Disco
Smoking Section

ST VINCENT – 2018 TOUR DATES
15 JAN 2018 – FILLMORE AUDITORIUM – DENVER, CO
18 JAN 2018 – THE MOORE – SEATTLE, WA
19 JAN 2018 – THE MOORE – SEATTLE, WA
20 JAN 2018 – KELLER AUDITORIUM – PORTLAND, OR
22 JAN 2018 – BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
25 JAN 2018 – HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM – LOS ANGELES, CA
26 JAN 2018 – THE VAN BUREN – PHOENIX, AZ
27 JAN 2018 – THE OBSERVATORY NORTH PARK – SAN DIEGO, CA
15 FEB 2018 – THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM – ASHEVILLE, NC
16 FEB 2018 – THE SIGNAL – CHATTANOOGA, TN
17 FEB 2018 – THE TABERNACLE – ATLANTA, GA
18 FEB 2018 – IRON CITY – BIRMINGHAM, AL
19 FEB 2018 – CIVIC THEATRE – NEW ORLEANS, LA
22 FEB 2018 – ACL LIVE – AUSTIN, TX
23 FEB 2018 – ACL LIVE – AUSTIN, TX
24 FEB 2018 – BOMB FACTORY – DALLAS, TX
26 FEB 2018 – BRADY THEATER – TULSA, OK
1 MAR 2018 – FILLMORE – CHARLOTTE, NC
2 MAR 2018 – THE NATIONAL – RICHMOND, VA
3 MAR 2018 – NORVA – NORFOLK, VA
4 MAR 2018 – HIPPODROME – BALTIMORE, MD
13 APR 2018 – COACHELLA – INDIO, CA
20 APR 2018 – COACHELLA – INDIO, CA
19 MAY 2018 – HANGOUT FESTIVAL – GULF SHORES, AL
25 MAY 2018 – BOSTON CALLING – BOSTON, MA
26 MAY 2018 – BOSTON CALLING – BOSTON, MA
27 MAY 2018 – BOSTON CALLING – BOSTON, MA
3 JUN 2018 – VICTORIA PARK – LONDON, UK
28 JUN 2018 – VIDA FESTIVAL – VILANOVA I LA GELTRU, SPAIN
29 JUN 2018 – VIDA FESTIVAL – VILANOVA I LA GELTRU, SPAIN
30 JUN 2018 – VIDA FESTIVAL – VILANOVA I LA GELTRU, SPAIN
1 JUL 2018 – VIDA FESTIVAL – VILANOVA I LA GELTRU, SPAIN
5 JUL 2018 – POHODA FESTIVAL – TRENCIN, SLOVAKIA
6 JUL 2018 – POHODA FESTIVAL – TRENCIN, SLOVAKIA
7 JUL 2018 – POHODA FESTIVAL – TRENCIN, SLOVAKIA

photos by James Richards IV

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