Between them, St. Vincent and the tUnE-yArDs have played Coachella, Treasure Island Music Festival, Pitchfork, opened for Arcade Fire, Xiu Xiu, Death Cab for Cutie, garnered comparisons to Sonic Youth, played in The Polyphonic Spree, Sufjan Stevens, and that’s just for starters. Both girl-fronted groups have been rockin’ our faces off with their latest albums Strange Mercy and w h o k i l l (both on 4AD Records) since their 2011 releases. We were lucky enough to catch their April 18 show at the San Diego House of Blues and snap a couple pics of the sets!
Annie Erin Clark (aka St. Vincent) has a shock of wild dark hair and a slender build that lends itself more to a poetess than a stereotypical rockstar, but that didn’t stop her from crowd surfing into the rabid crowd and belting out tunes with a gusto not often seen in the current state of indie rock. The tUnE-yArDs brought the pop with their experimental style that kept the crowd moving and bobbing gleefully.
It’s no secret that the present condition of music is at best a hodgepodge of innovative experimentation and at worst overrun with homemade loops blending together into a never-ending death spiral of insanity, so it’s always shockingly refreshing to come across music that’s truly thoughtful, provoking, and just plain fun! St. Vincent and the tUnE-yArDs are both touring the world with no end in sight, so catch them if you can. Your ears will thank you.