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St Vincent released “Strange Mercy” + playing Union Transfer in November

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St Vincent @ the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church in 2010

The lovely St Vincent(aka Annie Clark) released her fantastic third record Strange Mercy on Tuesday via 4AD and received raved(and well deserved) reviews across the board for it. Ms. Clark showcases her angelic voice and her hauntingly beautiful music extremely well on the album. More so than on her previous two records. One thing that stays true throughout all her LPs is the way she completely dominates the guitar. No one out there can play like her. Check out a few of her new songs below.

She announced a tour quite a while ago that will see her play Union Transfer on Wednesday, November 2nd. Tickets for the show can be found HERE. (St Vincent’s last show in Philly sold out so it might be wise to grab tickets sooner than later.)
Videos of new songs below….


Written by Colin Kerrigan

September 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

St. Vincent announces new record “Strange Mercy”

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St Vincent in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church in February 2010 – more photos HERE
St Vincent(aka Annie Clark) announced earlier today that she will be releasing her third LP Strange Mercy via 4AD on September 12th. Her last record Actor was released in 2009 and was absolutely fantastic. I expect her upcoming record to be of the same caliber, if not better. Now lets all hope her next announcement involves tour dates. More details about the album and a bunch of videos below including Ms. Clark covering “Kerosene” by Big Black and “Dig A Pony” by The Beatles.

“Having worked together on 2009’s Actor, Clark reunited with producer John Congleton, recording the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios. The 11 new tracks showcase Clark’s inimitable gift for melody, packing elegant arrangements with hefty emotional punches.

Clark’s virtuosity has long been recognised, and Strange Mercy finds her redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. On ‘Cruel’ she elicits punchy bursts like an R&B horn section. ‘Cheerleader’ froths and boils, with deep and fuzzy guitars bubbling up to the surface, while ‘Surgeon’ twirls about endlessly, Clark’s vocals dancing amid a blizzard of notes.

Strange Mercy isn’t an entirely solitary affair either, with Clark joined by a host of other musicians. Included among them are Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Grammy Award winning musician Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake’s MacKenzie Smith on drums, Daniel Hart on violin, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo.”
– via 4AD website

Watch videos below…

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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St. Vincent in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church 02/25/2010

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St. Vincent played in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church last night and it was absolutely fantastic. The woman behind it all, Annie Clark, has such a beautiful voice and a very unique, intricate guitar style. She’s wonderful. Her backing band provided the perfect assortment of strings, winds and drums, that accompanied her voice and guitar extremely well.

You can tell Annie is a natural performer by the way she carries herself on stage. Telling stories and being very friendly with the audience. The video of her Columbus, Ohio story below proves that point. If you haven’t heard her record Actor, do yourself a favor and check it out. Photos and a video below.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

St. Vincent playing the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church

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St. Vincent put out a fantastic album in 2009–Actor. It was overlooked on most critic’s year end list, but Annie Clark’s second solo release gained her a lot of praise from her peers. Before she released material under St. Vincent, Annie was in The Polyphonic Spree and played in Sufjan Stevens‘ touring band. She spent the better part of 2009 touring in support of Actor. The majority of her tour dates were spent opening for the multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. They came to the Electric Factory back in October.

She announced a headlining tour a few weeks ago, where she will play in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church on Thursday, February 25th. It’s the ideal venue in Philadelphia for her to play. Tickets for that show can be found HERE.(All tourdates and videos below.)

St. Vincent – 2010 Tour Dates
01/29 – The Allen Room – Time Warner Center – New York, New York
02/03 – Element – Victoria, British Columbia @
02/04 – Venue – Vancouver, British Columbia @
02/05 – Neumos – Seattle, Washington @
02/06 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, Oregon @
02/08 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, California @
02/09 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, California @
02/10 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, California @
02/11 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, Arizona @
02/13 – The Bluebird Theater – Denver, Colorado @
02/15 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, Kansas @
02/16 – The Industry – Iowa City, Iowa @
02/17 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @
02/18 – Metro – Chicago, Illinois @
02/19 – The Pike Room at The Crofoot – Pontiac, Michigan @
02/20 – Outland on Liberty – Columbus, Ohio @
02/21 – Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @
02/23 – Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, Virginia @
02/24 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC, Washington DC @
02/25 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @
@ w/ Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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