There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by the time we get to early August. Stateside, we have two remaining primary ones, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the former of which usually has one of the more straightforward lineups … More »
Not sure why Annie Clark is out here remixing Maroon 5 songs, but this is the reality we live in. Deal with it! The official St. Vincent remix of Maroon 5’s Cardi B-featuring song “Girls Like You” has just dropped, and Clark gives the track her own throbbing, disco-lite spin. It drops most of Adam … More »
Over the weekend, St. Vincent performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Annie Clark did a stripped-down set for the Rhode Island institution, with Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett accompanying her on piano. During the set, she covered Joni Mitchell’s “Court And Spark,” off the legendary musician’s 1974 album of the same name. More »
1. If you’re the sort of music listener who consumes albums by dragging, dropping, ordering and chopping — which is to say, you’re a sensible person who creates playlist edits of new albums because life is short and albums are long — don’t allow yourself to think your first edit is the final edit, because the song you thought was boring might suddenly become very non-boring indeed.
2. If you’re a popstar, and by popstar we mean the sort of popstar with a sense of adventure, a fluid approach to the creative process, and a surplus of ideas, and by that we mean ‘not Liam Payne’, try to remember that you can breathe new life into a song in ways vastly more exciting than ‘whacking out an acoustic version for Spotify numbers’ or ‘throwing thousands of quid at Cheat Codes or R3HAB and hoping for the best, for Spotify numbers’. (When this new version of Slow Disco first emerged a few weeks back, Vinco explained that “I always felt this song could wear many different outfits and live many different lives. Here she is in disco pants, sweating on a New York dancefloor.”)
3. If you’re Robyn and you don’t release a new Robyn single, someone else is just going to step in and release a Robyn single for you.
4. If you work for a record label please view Fast Slow Disco as permission to reinvigorate the grand and much-missed pop tradition of ‘the single version’, aka ‘the radio edit’, aka ‘let’s stick a rocket up this and watch it go’.
5. If you’re going out this weekend, please seriously consider crowdsurfing over a lot of high-spirited chaps in a gentlemen’s club, because on the evidence laid out here it looks like a lot of fun. Stay hydrated.
St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark is one of the great guitar-wreckers currently walking the planet, as she showed when she played some of her favorite riffs for a camera last week. Three years ago, Clark teamed up with the guitar manufacturer Ernie Ball to make her first signature guitar. And since then, Clark … More »
St. Vincent is one of the few real modern guitar heroes we have. And when she took over BBC Radio 6’s Instagram account on Friday and fans asked her about her favorite guitar riffs — the riffs she wishes she had written and the riffs that made her pick up a guitar in the first … More »
Last week, St. Vincent released a new version of MASSEDUCTION’s penultimate track “Slow Disco” called “Fast Slow Disco.” Tonight, she performed it on Later… with Jools Holland, backed by a three-piece band playing drums and synth. The song is a charged-up rendition of the original, quite literally a fast “Slow Disco.” Watch below. More »
St. Vincent’s fifth LP MASSEDUCATION was one of the most exciting albums of 2017, so it’s not surprising that the songs are still getting attention in 2018. Two of its hits — “New York” and “Los Ageless” — have gotten some pretty great remixes from Kelly Lee Owens More »
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.
Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.
Featured image courtesy of ACL.
St. Vincent is having a big Coachella. During her set at the festival’s opening day last night, she debuted a new live stage show that she’s calling “I Am A Lot Like You” after a lyric from her song “Sugarboy.” While it’s still very much a theatrical performance — there’s intense colored lighting and giant … More »