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St. Vincent Brings “Cruel” To Letterman

Last night St. Vincent took “Cruel” (which recently got a creepy, fun video) to Letterman’s stage. Though she’s only been playing with the new band for a minute, they sound pretty sharp. I still have nothing bad to say about St. Vincent. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 30, 2011 - 10:07 am

St. Vincent @ The Met’s Temple Of Dendur, NYC 8/25/11

For this post, the role of Music Blogger will be played by Videogum‘s own Kelly Conaboy. Kelly is the biggest St. Vincent-head we know so this should be fun… -Ed

Ahhhh! So I just got home from seeing St. Vincent in the Temple of Dendur room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art i… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / August 26, 2011 - 11:34 am

St. Vincent – “Cruel” Video

St. Vincent’s forthcoming Strange Mercy is one of the most-anticipated releases of that fall; since totally owning some Big Black covers at the Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute concert, her follow-up to 2009’s Actor has put the increasingly edgy project on many tastemakers’ radars. The especially strong “Surgeon” dropped a little earlier thi… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 25, 2011 - 9:46 am

St. Vincent – “Surgeon”

All your “#strangemercy” tweeting paid off: St. Vincent’s lead Strange Mercy track has finally been unlocked. It’s called “Surgeon” and it goes a number of places in just over four minutes. Listen:… More »

By: brandon / July 22, 2011 - 9:35 am

St. Vincent Covers Tom Waits

Yesterday we posted additional details about St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy while Annie Clark was busy covering Tom Waits’ “Big Black Mariah” at London’s Barbicon Theatre as part of a Rain Dogs tribute. Interestingly, her “Big Black Mariah” is heavier than her take on Big Black’s “Kerosene.” Watch:… More »

By: brandon / July 14, 2011 - 1:53 pm

More St. Vincent Strange Mercy Details

We gave you background info on St. Vincent’s new album Strange Mercy. We now have a tracklist, the Annie Clark-designed album cover, additional images, and tour dates to add to the pile:… More »

By: brandon / July 13, 2011 - 2:33 pm

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

St. Vincent Strange Mercy Details

Strange Mercy, Annie Clark’s 11-song John Congleton-produced followup to Actor, will be out this fall. They recorded the collection at Elmwood Studios in her pre-Manhattan hometown of Dallas, Texas. A press release notes that Strange Mercy finds St. Vincent “redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield… More »

By: brandon / June 2, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

Download Bon Iver’s 10 Best Cover Songs

On “Calgary,” Justin Vernon’s vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed — the ghostly falsetto remains Bon Iver’s calling card. JV’s voice has also been unmistakable on recent collaborations (GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, MyMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 17, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Ted Leo, tUnE-yArDs Team Up For Our Band Could Be Your Life: The Concert

Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991 is a great book, an essential read for folks who were there from the beginning, came in a little late, need to brush up on their music history, don’t know much about history, etc. Azerrad’s paragraphs are anecdotal, breezy, and… More »

By: brandon / March 8, 2011 - 3:14 pm

St. Vincent, Kid Cudi, Cage, Roots Do “Maniac” On Fallon

Kid Cudi packed the stage with lots of friends for “Maniac.” St. Vincent did her sample — from Actor‘s “The Strangers” live, while Cage sang/rapped and the Roots backed them. The best instrument on stage, besides St. Vincent’s pipes (and Cage’s leather jacket), was the iPhone used for extra percussion. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / November 4, 2010 - 10:29 am

Pitchfork Music Festival 2010: Sunday Recap

The final day of 2010’s Pitchfork Festival was just as hot as Saturday, with stages that needed quick shots of energy to pull the audience out of its languor. Girls were pretty but wispy — though they sounded stronger as I walked over to Washed Out, who had the audience clapping along to his set. More »

By: jessica / July 19, 2010 - 3:23 pm

David Byrne, St. Vincent Collaborate With Bang On A Can’s Asphalt Orchestra

As we reported in March, David Byrne and St. Vincent have been planning to work together since running into each other at the Björk/Dirty Projectors charity event our own Brandon Stosuy staged at Housing Works last spring. (It is the concert that keeps on giving.) As David tells it in a press release today, measuring… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Op-Ed: An Artists’ Dialogue On CocoRosie’s Grey Oceans

A few years ago I wrote a positive review of CocoRosie’s The Adventures of Ghosthorse And Stillborn. Too positive, it turns out: The publication that assigned it killed the piece at the 11th hour and instead ran a snarky takedown. I’d never had that happen before and I’ve been championing challenging music for a long… More »

By: brandon / June 21, 2010 - 11:38 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: Woods Live Video, Effi Briest & DJ St. Vincent Pics

You’ve seen photos of the celebrity bowling tournament, and the behind-the-scenes pictures. Soon you’ll see the whole event in video highlights. But this one, and the live video herein, is about the free concert that followed. Brooklyn Bowl’s a big space with shitload of visual stimuli (e.g. a polar bear starving to death in big-scree… More »

By: brandon / May 27, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Beck’s Record Club Does “Never Tear Us Apart”

It’s the one we’ve been waiting for… As Beck & Co. continue their track-by-track move through Kick, they finally arrive at iconic ’80s ballad/prom song “Never Tear Us Apart.” As on “Need You Tonight,” DJ Annie Clark handles lead vocals, and puts her intonations to good use. She digs deeply with the help of Liars,… More »

By: brandon / May 26, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Stereogum & Videogum Present: The ‘Gum Bowl

Well this oughta be fun. A few things we love: Charity, bowling, music, and comedy. What we are doing about it: Combining all of them for a very special event. Stereogum and Videogum are partnering with the folks behind the Microsoft KIN to present the inaugural ‘Gum Bowl, bringing together so many of our favorite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Beck, Liars, St. Vincent & Os Mutantes – “Mediate” (INXS Cover)

Beck’s current Record Club has so far covered “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation,” from INXS’s Kick. There are likely a few more to come (if I remember correctly, Kick spawned 85 number one singles). This latest cover is the most fun they’ll have with a song, probably. The “Mediate” video starts with the… More »

By: jessica / April 30, 2010 - 9:46 am

National, Walkmen, Santigold, St. Vincent Dress Up For GQ

MGMT hit the Coachella stage playing their generally freakier Congratulations material in relatively human clothing, which prompted me to posit an aesthetic axiom: The weirdness of MGMT’s music is inversely proportional to that of their clothes. GQ’s taking that to a further extreme with a fashion spread/feature they’ve titled “Rock The Suit,” putting your iPod… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2010 - 4:03 pm
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