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Bob Dylan, St. Vincent and more cover classic love songs for new EP of same-sex wedding songs

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Bob Dylan appears alongside Kesha, St. Vincent and more in a new compilation EP called Universal Love. The EP features covers of classic love songs with pronouns switched pronouns from the original, so that they can serve as wedding songs for same-sex couples. Some of the songs featured on the album are “My Guy”, a Temptations cover performed by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, and “And I Love Him”, a Beatles cover performed by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Continue reading →

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Watch St. Vincent cover Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl”

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

Earlier this week, St. Vincent posted a pixelated and aesthetically cropped Instagram video of her covering “Modern Girl,” a song song from Sleater-Kinney’s 2005 LP The Woods. The singer tagged co-founder Carrie Brownstein with the caption “Pre-show Sleater-Kinney warm up. Such a great song! @carrie_rachel” Continue reading →

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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

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“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 →