Annie Clark, better known by her moniker St. Vincent, has stated that she would like to change the concert-going experience for attendees by emanating fragrances throughout the venue. Although there were no new aromas that I could detect during St. Vincent’s bombastic performance, they weren't necessary.
St. Vincent took the stage in darkness, a reverberating sound boiling in the air above the crowd, and then a computerized voice: "Greetings, fellow analog creatures. Please refrain from capturing your experience tonight digitally. Thank you, St. Vincent." From that voice introducing the night onwards, much of St. Vincent's stage presence, flourishes, and banter delivered the same push-pull tension of this year’s self-titled record, her fourth.
Accompanied by a synth player, drummer, and multi-instrumentalist, St. Vincent's performance heaved a heavier helping onto what some call the restrained/restricted rhythms of her studio work. St. Vincent has become recognized as one of the power-guitar players in modern indie music, juxtaposing her serene singing and angelic interludes with rat-box revving improvisation. From the lush lullaby of "Year of the Tiger" to the palpitating pulse (and stage-diving!) of "Krokodil," St. Vincent kept the crowd on their toes throughout.
Clark has said that the new record focuses on rhythms that are closer to hip-hop — "a party record you could play at a funeral." After experiencing the rigid rhythms and extended grooves firsthand, St. Annie has made me a believer.
Set-list: 1. Rattle-snake 2. Digital Witness 3. Cruel 4. Birth in Reverse 5. Regret 6. Laughing with a Mouth of Blood 7. I Prefer Your Love 8. Pieta 9. Every Tear Disappears 10. Surgeon 11. Cheerleader 12. Prince Johnny 13. Year of the Tiger 14. Marrow 15. Huey Newton 16. Bring Me Your Loves 17. Northern Lights 18. Krokodil; Encores: 19. Strange Mercy 20. Your Lips Are Red
- Concert: St. Vincent
- Venue: House of Blues
- Date: March 19
- Seats: General admission