Friday, March 20, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 Artist: St. Vincent

Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent, is a mult-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, and was a member of both The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' touring band.

Referred to as an "adorably spunky guitar prodigy" by the Boston Globe, the 26 year-old has opened for such acts as Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, Midlake and Xiu Xiu.

While studying at the Berklee College of Music in 2003, Clark released an EP with fellow students entitled Ratsliveonnoevilstar.

Fast forward to 2006, where she was beginning to catch a break. Joining Sufjan Stevens' touring band for a European tour, her EP Paris Is Burning, earned her a spot opening those shows.

Over the next year, she would join the cast of The Polyphonic Spree, appearing on The Fragile Army, as well as releasing her debut, full-length album entitled Marry Me. Her solo album features appearances from Mike Garson (Bowie's longtime pianist), as well as Louis Schwadron and Brian Teasley, both of the Spree.

Things just kept getting better for St. Vincent. In 2008, she was nominated for three PLUG Independent Music Awards, taking home the Female Artist of the Year award.

Though her next effort, Actor, won't be released until May 4, the buzz has already begun building. Just a couple of days ago, she debuted songs from the album at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

For those of you currently in Austin for the festival, you can catch St. Vincent tonight at midnight at Antone's. Nomo, Mirah and Theresa Andersson are also on the bill.

Others you may like:

Andrew Bird, Jenny Lewis, Grizzly Bear

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