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St. Vincent took the Electric Factory on a rapturous, emotional ride

St. Vincent | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

As if we needed further evidence that Annie Clark can successfully pursue pretty much whatever she wants to do creatively, the mastermind behind St. Vincent held the Electric Factory in rapt attention for two hours last night with a one-woman show. It was just her voice, her guitar and various elements of her creative vision adorning the stage. We saw Clark as a writer and filmmaker, as a design visionary with a flair for non-sequitur fashion; the performance showcased, obviously, her remarkable range on the guitar, and her physical expressiveness in the realm of theatrical gesture and (at points) dance. And it showcased her compelling songwriting, which reaches new emotional depths on the harrowing beauty of MASSEDUCTION, her 2017 album that got a front to back performance.

Since initial images and video clips of the Fear the Future tour began trickling out on social media a month or so ago, the production has been met with some degree of uncertainty. Where’s the band? Wouldn’t it get boring with nothing but Clark and a minimal stage setup? Isn’t this just St. Vincent karaoke? These are all things I heard people say, either online or in person, leading up to the gig. And even taking into account the degree of chauvinism evident in those slags — would you be saying this stuff if Bon Iver decided to rip it to tracks, brah? — the unconventional setup nonetheless meant ticketholders were taking a bit of a leap of faith with this show. In my estimation, they were well rewarded. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: St. Vincent at the Electric Factory, Cut Copy at Union Transfer

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

St. Vincent released her highly-anticipated new album MASSEDUCTION last month, the long-awaited follow-up to the artist’s 2014 self-titled outing. Tonight, Annie Clark, the mastermind force behind the St. Vincent moniker, brings her Fear The Future tour to the Electric Factory. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the Grammy-winner and frequently lauded guitar master in Philly — take a look back at her 2015 XPN Fest set here. Listen to “Los Ageless” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch St. Vincent perform “Los Ageless” live on Ellen

 

St. Vincent | photo by Nedda Afsari

Did you catch St. Vincent on Ellen? No worries — you can check out video below of Annie Clark performing “Los Ageless” from her new album Masseduction, copies of which Ellen gave away to her studio audience. Read more on St. Vincent’s new album Masseduction here and get information on her upcoming Electric Factory appearance at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Take a first look at actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, get details on St. Vincent’s new album

via IndieWire

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror – it’s a very affirming moment.” -Rami Malek on portraying Freddie Mercury

Entertainment Weekly has published the first photograph of actor Rami Malek as the late, great Freddie Mercury for his new film about the late Queen frontman. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: St. Vincent to make fall Philly stop at Electric Factory

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Theatrical indie rocker and guitar god Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is returning to Philly this fall with a show at Electric Factory on November 28th.
Clark’s been up to some pretty cool gigs since her self-titled album in 2014. From designing her own signature guitars, to recently making her horror film directorial debut with her film The Birthday Party, which is featured on the female-led anthology, XX — Clark has been mighty busy. But not too busy to make new tunes, which is reported to be currently underway.

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St. Vincent’s debuts four new colors for her stunning signature guitar

St. Vincent with her signature model |still from video
St. Vincent with her signature model |still from video

A lot of artists have signature guitars, but there aren’t many that are as signature as this one.

Last year, Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent, teamed up with Ernie Ball to design her own, unique model, and now, it’s available in four new colors, including an all-white model named after The Thin White Duke himself (pictured above). It features an African mahogany body and a rosewood neck hand-rubbed with gunstock oil. I don’t know what any of that means for the sound and playability of the guitar, but I do know that it looks very, very cool on paper and in pictures. Continue reading →