Let’s just get this out of the way right out of the gate: Watching St. Vincent perform at The Brown Theater a few days ago was the most fun I’ve had in 2015. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was so great about it; was it her Ziggy Stardust-esque persona? Was it her wailing guitar that reminded me so much of Prince? Was it the subtle choreography?
Maybe it was because the last time I saw her a few years ago she was performing alongside David Byrne at Whitney Hall. At that point, all of my focus was on the Talking Heads frontman and I probably neglected to give the proper attention to the his stage counterpart. While that show was awesome, it was nothing like watching St. Vincent the other night. It’d be silly to try and compare the two shows because they were completely different, but like I mentioned before, seeing her this time was an undeniable fucking blast.
Annie Clark blew the doors off of The Brown Theater as she blasted through a mix of new jams from her latest self-titled record and a number of other choice tracks from her expanded catalogue. She opened with a song called “Marrow” from her first record Actor, and from that point on I was fully engaged all the way to the end, when she encored with “Chloe In The Afternoon” and “Strange Mercy.” After every few songs or so, she’d recite a bit of what seemed like prewritten “poetry” about Louisville. She actually mentioned Slint, which was kinda neat, I guess.
I left the show feeling like I just witnessed a truly legendary rock star in her prime, and while I truly don’t give a shit about “rock stardom,” I must say that on the way home I was thinking “We’re not Worthy! We’re Not Worthy!”
Get a load of a pretty cool video of the St. Vincent show via Live From The Internet below, as it does a pretty good job of summng up how brilliant her performance truly was: