St. Vincent, Noveller | Riviera Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., April 5, 7 p.m. 2014

Throughout her eight years as St. Vincent, Annie Clark has been a visionary front woman and bandleader. She’s never shied away from wielding her guitar as a weapon of noise, not just an instrument of melody, and she’s grown bolder and more adventurous with each album, sharpening her quirky, off-center indie-rock sound as well as her compelling image—one that’s now evolved into the almost unfuckwithable aura of an art-rock avatar from outer space. On her new self-titled fourth album (her first for a major label, in this case on Loma Vista/Republic), Clark oozes power—made visible in cover art that depicts her at her most futuristically regal, her eccentric hairdo perfectly groomed, fixing the onlooker with an “I dare you” stare. It’s her most polished, best-produced record by far—and her weirdest. Considering all the resources Clark now has at her fingertips, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s using them to do more fiddling and experimenting than ever before—maybe choosing one synth sound or rhythm over another, maybe just deciding to incorporate them all. But while Clark might build a single’s entire chorus on a melody that sounds like a zap-gun war (“Birth in Reverse”), there’s always a hook at the heart of it—one that undergirds the odds and ends and keeps your foot tapping. And she uses her gorgeous vocals as a sort of narrative thread to tie together the bizarreness; on “Prince Johnny” and “I Prefer Your Love” she sounds more soulful and sincere (and more like a gospel singer) than she ever has before. —Kevin Warwick Noveller opens.

Price: sold out

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