If you managed to catch St. Vincent in the early days, back when she was playing small rooms as a one-woman band armed with an effects board of mini-epic proportions, then you know Annie Clark has been anointed from the start. The music has always been there, and while that's continued to morph and evolve over the course of four albums (plus last year's Love This Giant collaboration with David Byrne), the real metamorphosis has been Clark's confidence as a performer. Once doe-eyed, her current onstage swagger is unmistakable these days. She shreds, as they say, and her guitar prowess is delivered by a presence that suggests Kate Bush meets Frankenstein's Bride. She's also been known to hurl her small frame headlong into her crowds—although the Crystal Ballroom's all-ages section may dissuade from that kind of thing. In short, St. Vincent is one of the most dynamic live acts going. She comes to town with an excellent new record and a newly platinum shock of hair. JEREMY PETERSEN
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
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