St. Vincent and Basia Bulat play only one gig together. It’s in Cambridge, Mass., on the first of March. These female vocalists/guitarists are as endearing as their music is ingratiating, and it should be a killer show.
St. Vincent is Annie Clark. I first saw her try to steal the stage from Tim DeLaughter as she played lead guitar for The Polyphonic Spree. I went home from that show mesmerized by her sprite-like, amped-up stage presence. She’s also worked with Sufjan Stevens. But now Annie stands, self-composed and ethereally intense, in front of the mic by herself. She’s adorable acoustic, sure, particularly in bed. But when she plugs in her guitar, a fire sparks to life in your chest. See some videos here on her website, but the best is the 15 minute film at Other Music weaving a simple interview with a haunting in-store performance [thanks to Gorilla vs Bear for the tip]. When they zoom in on her, it feels like black and white photography. The cover of Sonny and Cher’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) is NOT to be missed, and it cannot be found on her excellent album, so watch the film.
Sixeyes has had me jazzed for Canadian Basia Bulat‘s U.S. release (coming February 5) for ages. I’ve been collecting the mp3s and viddy-ing the YouTubes, in awe of Snakes and Ladders‘ sweeping, swirling janglyness. Plus, she’s featured in a Volkswagen ad, proving once again that those Germans can nail my particular demographic just as precisely as Kenneth Cole Reaction. Get the album February 5th direct from her label for even cheaper (CD or digital at 15% off) by entering the code basia when you check out. Thanks, Oh My Darling.