Entries tagged with: St Vincent
by Bill Pearis
St. Vincent on Portlandia...
Portlandia is no stranger to indie rock guest stars, and St. Vincent is no stranger to Portlandia, having appeared on the IFC comedy series a few times, most recently this past week's episode. On it Annie Clark plays a singer who must endure exhausting know-it-all Ghavin the "studio guy" (Fred Armisen), who quizes her about her gear and tries to one-up her at every move. (He also annoyed Jack White in S3.) You can watch that (via Stereogum) plus a clip from earlier this season where Carrie Brownstein explains hip hop to Fred, below.
This week's episode of Portlandia features guest appearances by Maya Rudolph and Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (who is going to be on Parks & Recreation too). It airs Thursday (4/3) at 10 PM EST.
In other news, St. Vincent just got remixed by Darkside. Portlandia video clips below...
St. Vincent at SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
"Digital Witness," one of the singles off the new St. Vincent album was just given some pretty exciting remix treatment from Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's Darkside project. The remix will be available on a 12" single with the original version of the song on June 17. Take a listen to what Darkside have done to this thing below...
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Damon, Annie, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy at the NPR Showcase - SXSW 2014
"Damon Albarn hasn't played yet, has he?" we ask. The woman on the door shakes her head. Flushed with the thrill of absurd luck, we don't stop to wonder why.Damon Albarn presented much of his solo debut Wednesdaysday night (3/12) in SXSW at Stubb's as part of NPR's official showcase. (It was the same night and on the same street as Tuesday's tragic events, though most attendees were unaware.) St. Vincent played before him and went on a little late -- and maybe played longer than scheduled. Damon didnt go on until 1:20AM ish -- He was supposed to start at 12:30. It was cold. Damon apologized for having to pull some songs from his set list, but mentioned with so many acts and set ups it couldn't be helped. His set up took a while but he sounded great once it eventually got underway.
The venue inside is half empty. Damon takes to the stage almost an hour late, around 1.30am, and with his touring band runs us through a raft of wry, meandering art pop tunes. There are shades of Gorillaz when he pulls out the melodica, misguided chugs of rock'n'roll, bittersweet ballads. It doesn't sound great, but his presence is entertaining enough. He's still beautiful, if a little grumpy when the performance gets cut short. He apologises. "We got messed about this evening, I'm sorry," he offers. "It happens sometimes." - [The Music]
Albarn also played The Jimmy Kimmel Show (part of his SXSW Week) while in Austin, performing "Mr. Tembo" & "Lonely Press Play." You can watch video of that below.
The whole evening was pretty stacked, as mentioned, with St. Vincent delivering an electrifying performance, plus Kelis serving up Food songs and her first live show in three years. (You can stream audio of her full show below.) Eagulls and the bass-tossin' Perfect Pussy played too.
More pictures from NPR's SXSW showcase, plus Kelis stream and Damon Albarn videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Sleepers Work is the alias of Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist William Flynn who has toured with St. Vincent, and has worked with Acrylics, Aufgang, and others. No Turn Before The Shoreline is the first full length release from Sleepers Work which shows off his moody, ambient R&B. The album's out March 11 via Primary Records and you can check out the lightly chopped and screwed "Catherine," and a couple other tracks in this post.
Flynn has a couple Sleepers Work shows coming up in NYC. He plays Monday (3/3) at Manhattan Inn with help from Jonah Parzen-Johnson. Austin Vaughn will also being playing a separate set, and that show is free. There's also an album release party at Bushwick's Bossa Nova Civic Club on March 11 with DJ sets from Sleepers Work, Joel Ford and SHRAF. That's free as well.
Flyers for both shows and song streams below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Watching @st_vincent bring it like a boss at @Terminal5NYC.
Shred lady, shred!" - Kelly Ridgway
In celebration of her great new album, St. Vincent kicked off her tour with a sold out show at NYC's massive Terminal 5 last night (2/26), her largest headlining show in this city to date. (Not counting the Williamsburg Park show she played with David Byrne, who was in attendance last night but not on stage.) She played almost all of the new album, plus a ton of favorites from the first three like "Cruel," "Cheerleader," "Marrow," "Your Lips Are Red" and more. She also ended the pre-encore set with the fuzz attack of her shredding 2012 Record Store Day single, "Krokodil." Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post. Holly Herndon opened, but unfortunately no pics of her.
More pictures below...
St. Vincent at Radio City in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
St. Vincent, Holly Herndon @ Terminal 5
St. Vincent's new album continues to hone the formula she's been perfecting over the past few years, and it's some of her most accessible stuff to date. This is her biggest NYC show yet (sold out), and if you're going, it's worth catching the experimental sounds of Holly Herndon too.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom
Fresh off his strongest solo album in some time, Malkmus brings his arch wordplay and occasionally jammy indie rock to NYC for two sold-out shows. If you're going tonight, don't miss Chicago's krauty, punky Disappears.
Touche Amore, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, Caravels @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a stacked show, co-headlined by post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore, whose most recent LP, Is Survived By, was one of our favorite albums of 2013, and longer-running shapeshifters mewithoutYou who have done post-hardcore, art rock, indie folk and more in their decade+ career. If you're going, be sure to get there early for Caravels, who are a very promising newer band if you're into Touche's style of post-harcore. They're on early, 7:30 PM.
Torche, Sannhet, Vulture Shit @ Saint Vitus
Torche are as powerful as any good sludge band around these days, and with songs you can really sing along to and sugary riffs that don't leave your head, they're easily one of the most addictive too. And they rip live, so this sold out show should be a great one. Good local support from post-black metal specialists Sannhet and guitar-less punks Vulture Shit.
Saul Williams, Mivos Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
For tonight's installment of the Ecstatic Music Festival, spoken word artist Saul Williams is joined by local string quartet Mivos Quartet, for what should surely be an interesting evening of colliding genres.
Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Xibalba, To the Wind, Downpresser @ Santos Party House
Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC tonight, and they've brought along some solid support including the Madball/Obituary worshippers Xibalba.
Steve Earle @ City Winery
Having worked inside and outside the music industry, country survivor, protest singer and occasional actor Steve Earle plays one more City Winery show tonight, this one is all-request and all sold out..
Neighbors, Incan Abraham, Cultfever, Cold Fronts @ Baby's All Right
LA-via-NY indie pop band Incan Abraham have been putting out EPs and singles for a few years now, and they're set to release their debut full length, Tolerance, on April 8 via White Iris. Tonight's also a record preview for Neighbors' new LP, Failure. Both bands skew towards widescreen, anthemic pop.
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Larkin Grimm, Gretchen Lohse @ Trans Pecos
An intense performer, Shilpa Ray doesn't let you just idly watch her. Not that you could. She's also likely the most aggressive harmonium player you've ever seen. Her latest EP, It's All Self Fellatio, came out last year on Nick Cave's Bad Seed Ltd. label.
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang @ McKittrick Hotel
Les Claypool and pal Bryan Kehoe rework Primus and Frog Brigade songs in a bluegrass/skiffle motif. This is Duo de Twang's first of two sold-out McKittrick shows.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
As discussed, St. Vincent is going on a tour which begins in NYC at Terminal 5 next week (2/26), and the openers for the tour have finally been announced. Experimental soundscaper Holly Herndon opens the first five nights of the tour, and then atmospheric guitarist Noveller takes over for the rest of the dates. The NYC show is sold out, but if you have already tickets, it's worth getting there on time for Holly's set. Watch the video for her recent single "Chorus" below.
St. Vincent's self-titled album comes out the day before the tour starts (2/25), but you can stream it now. If you're in NYC, you can also catch her doing a signing at Rough Trade (2/24) the Monday before the tour starts.
She'll also be at SXSW, where she'll play the NPR showcase with Perfect Pussy, Damon Albarn and Kelis.
All dates are listed, along with the Holly Herndon video, below...
Perfect Pussy at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, whose upcoming debut LP, Say Yes to Love will now be more bloody, just played NYC opening for Total Slacker last week (2/12) as part of their ongoing tour, and now that that's in the past, they've tacked on a headlining NYC gig to the end of the tour happening April 5 at Mercury Lounge. To open that show, Perfect Pussy got two fellow upstate NY bands, both of which have something in common with parts of Perfect Pussy's sound. There's the punk attack of Green Dreams and the abrasive noise duo Tumul. Tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon.
UPDATE: More dates were announced, including another NYC show on April 4 at Death by Audio, again with Total Slacker, and also with fellow Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer. No advance tickets for that show.
Many of the other dates are with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (though they aren't on either NYC show), and they also announced they're playing the NPR SXSW showcase with Damon Albarn, St. Vincent and Kelis; and the Chaos In Tejas SXSW showcase with Destruction Unit and The Gotobeds. There's also a new video for "I" (shot and edited by BV contributor Lukas Hodge) which you can watch, along with the list of dates, below.
Speaking of Friendless Bummer, they just released a new EP, Militia (streaming below), and they'll be in NYC this weekend for Indie Pop Prom at Baby's (2/22) with Pity Sex, Places to Hide, Radiator Hospital, Bad Banana (reunion) and special guests "Traitor Bitches" (tickets).
Updated dates are listed, with streams and the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
St. Vincent is set to release her much-anticipated self-titled album next week (2/25) via Loma Vista, but you can now listen to it in full ahead of its release date. It's streaming below (via The Guardian), or you can listen at NPR. It's got the arty eccentricities we've come to expect from St. Vincent, but it's also some of her most accessible stuff to date. Check it out.
As discussed, her tour hits NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5 (sold out), but two days before that she'll be doing an album signing at Rough Trade NYC (2/24). Head to that store starting at noon Friday (2/21) to get a wristband and then return Monday (2/24) to purchase the album and have it signed. The signing starts at 9 PM and space is limited.
Listen to St. Vincent below...
St. Vincent at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
St. Vincent already released "Digital Witness" and "Birth In Reverse" from her upcoming self-titled fourth album and now she's released a third, "Prince Johnny," which she premiered on KCRW today. Listen below.
"Recording with Michael Gira and Swans was a dream come true. Proud to have been a part of an epicly great record. #johncongleton" - St. Vincent
by Andrew Sacher
Swans at Warsaw in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Swans are finally set to follow up their excellent 2012 LP The Seer with a new album, To Be Kind, on May 13 via Michael Gira's Young God label in North American and Mute worldwide. Gira points out that some of the material was developed during their 2012/13 tour, so though the full tracklist hasn't been revealed yet, it seems likely that the title track is the opening song on Swans' recent live album, Not Here / Not Now. Another song from that live album, "Bring the Sun," has been confirmed for the new LP too.
Excitingly, the album features vocals "throughout the record" from Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent (!), plus their Mute labelmate Cold Specks and cabaret singer Little Annie, who has opened for Swans before. Gira produced the album with John Congleton, who also produced the new St. Vincent album. Like The Seer, this one will be just over two hours long.
For this album Gira will be joined by Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica.
The only currently announced Swans date is ATP Iceland, but Gira just announced a solo tour of Europe. All of those dates are listed, along with a live video of "To Be Kind," below...
by Andrew Sacher
St. Vincent is set to release her self-titled fourth album on February 25 via Loma Vista, and after revealing its first single, "Birth In Reverse," she's now posted another track from the album, "Digital Witness." It's yet another strong example of the ambitious art pop we've come to expect from St. Vincent, and it can be streamed, along with the previous single, below.
Future Islands are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 6. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Gardens & Villa are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 25. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Sylvan Esso are playing Rough Trade on January 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Tickets for the third Arcade Fire show at Barclays Center go on BrooklynVegan presale today from 9 AM to 10 PM (choose the "Promotions & Special Offers" pulldown in "ticket type" and then use password: "VeganFire3").
A Live Nation presale starts at 10 AM. Tickets for their other two Barclays Center shows are still available.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
As discussed, St. VIncent is releasing a new album and going on a tour that brings her to NYC's Terminal 5 on February 26. That album can now be pre-ordered at her website, where fan presales for all tour dates also begin today (12/11) at 10 AM. Regular on-sale stars Friday (12/13) at noon, an AmEx presale starts Thursday (12/12) at noon, via Ticketmaster.
Listen to her new single "Birth In Reverse" below...
St. Vincent at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yesterday (12/9), St. Vincent announced her self-titled fourth album (due out 2/25 via Loma Vista), the much-anticipated followup to 2011's Strange Mercy, and revealed its excellently wacky first single, "Birth In Reverse." Now, she's announced a month and half long North American tour for 2014, which kicks off in NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (12/12) at noon.
All dates (including NXNE) are listed, along with a stream of "Birth In Reverse," below...
NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE is returning for its 20th year in 2014 from June 13-22 in Toronto, and the initial music lineup has just been announced. It includes St. VIncent, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac DeMarco, Run the Jewels, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, Mas Ysa, Courtney Barnett and Odonis Odonis. NXNE speakers were also announced, including Paul Rosenberg (Shady Records), Chris Kaskie (Pitchfork), Oliver El-Khatib (Ovo), Chris Taylor (Last Gang Records), and KP Swazy (DatPiff). Badges and wristbands are on sale now.
Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't yet, check out her new song.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 NXNE artists below...
Last month, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) teased new music, and now she's officially announced that the followup to 2011's Strange Mercy will be a self-titled album, due out on February 25 via Republic's Loma Vista label (Cut Copy, Rhye, Ghost B.C.). She also just revealed the first single, "Birth In Reverse," which has all the freaky synths and guitars we've come to expect from St. Vincent. You can stream that song or download via a widget, along with the tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.
by Bill Pearis
Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.
After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).
Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.
The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include Bob Mould, Jeff Tweedy (who also plays a related benefit in Chicago in January), Fred Armisen and more. The full schedule for the Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit is listed, along with a few classic Veruca Salt clips, below...
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), who spent most of last year and this year on her David Byrne collaboration, is finally looking like she's set to release the followup to 2011's excellent Strange Mercy. She just announced a European tour, and in the video for the announcement, there's a 30-second clip of new music. Check out the video and list of tour dates below.
Annie also teamed up with Pearl Jam and Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein in Dallas over the weekend (11/15) to cover Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Check out a video of that (via Stereogum) below.
Neil himself will be in NYC soon for four nights at Carnegie Hall.
Videos and list of dates below...
The National at Barclays Center in June (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Google search #1: Madonna "Like a Virgin" bass sound.Okay, so maybe "review" is a stretch in this case, but whatever St. Vincent wrote about the album and/or her Google searches is quite a read.
(The bass sound on "We Exist" vaguely reminded me of Madonna's 1984 classic Like a Virgin.)
Result: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
(Unconfirmed and will likely need to follow Nile Rodgers on Twitter and hope he @replies to my query directly.)
Unsatisfied, I contacted Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire drummer) and asked what they'd used for the bass. Turns out it was NOT a Prophet but a Korg MS-20 -- the vintage kind, not a new one or Reason, nerds! He even sent me a picture of the exact one! I was glad to have one pressing matter settled, but I continued down a Madonna rabbit hole and downloaded The Immaculate Collection. No "Oh Father"?????? Grievous oversight, Sire Records.
Related search: Is Seymour Stein still alive?
"FLASHBULB EYES" IS SUPER SICK AND DUBBY! KING TUBBY?! KING DUBBY?! AM I THE ONLY NON-STONED PERSON TO EVER MAKE THAT PUN?
Google search #2: Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands
(Related: Glenn Danzig height)
*Co-fronted! No disrespect, Regine!
^Catch-all term for music in 2013 featuring at least one guitar
Results: Turns out Bryan Ferry isn't even that tall: 6'1". Some people just seem tall. Also Joey Ramone. (Apple autocorrected this to "ram one" -- usually so puritanical, Apple! Loosening your tie or was that a Joel Osteen-esque slip-up?)
In other St. Vincent news, she is part of the recently-released Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, which also features Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Matt Berninger of The National (among others), and can be streamed HERE.
And speaking of The National songs on soundtracks, after contributing a song to Game of Thrones last year, they now appear on the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack along with Patti Smith, Antony, The Weeknd, and more. The soundtrack will be out on November 19 via Lionsgate/Republic and you can stream The National's contribution, "Lean," now, below...
Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.
It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).
No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tom Petty / Kendrick Lamar / Tame Impala @ Bonnaroo 6/16/2013
Bonnaroo 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (6/16) with main stage action from Tom Petty, David Byrne & St. Vincent, The National (who played NXNE just two days before), Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar and more. Pictures from their sets -- and others -- are below.
On the smaller stages, Bonnaroo crowds were treated to Royal Thunder, White Lung, and famed mustache enthusiast John Oates. The Comedy Theatre had Bob Saget working with Jared Logan and The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and in the Cinema Tent had Mistaken For Strangers, the documentary about National singer Matt Berninger and his brother, Tom (who directed the film).
photos by Greg Cristman
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Wellmont Theatre - 6/12/13
David Byrne & St. Vincent just kicked off another tour in support their 2012 collaborative album, Love This Giant, in the NYC-area at Wellmont Theatre on Wednesday (6/12). Like they did on their last tour, they played much of Love This Giant in addition to St. Vincent material ("Northern Lights," "Marrow," "Cruel," etc) and David Byrne/Talking Heads ("Burning Down the House," "Road to Nowhere," "This Must Be the Place," etc. Pictures, videos, and the setlist from that show are in this post.
More pictures, videos and the setlist from Wellmont Theatre below...