PICS: St. Vincent at the Observatory North Park

Fear the Future: St. Vincent brought her incredible one-woman show through the Observatory North Park on Saturday, Jan. 27.

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She treated a sold-out crowd to true performance art -- performing 23 songs over the course of two sets -- both of which she performed alone onstage with just a microphone and a guitar! It was simply stunning.
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Born Anne "Annie" Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma, St. Vincent began her musical career as a member of the Polyphonic Spree. She's explained in interviews that she took her St. Vincent moniker from a Nick Cave song, which refers to the hospital in which Dylan Thomas died.
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Clark was also a member of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before setting off on her own in 2006. Her work mixes several styles such as art-pop, experimental rock, electronica and jazz.
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Fun facts: She began playing guitar at age 12 and studied music at Berklee College of Music for three years. In 2007, Clark released her debut album "Marry Me" -- named after a line from the TV show "Arrested Development."
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That was followed two years later by her sophomore full-length "Actor." Inspiration for the album reportedly came from several films, including Disney movies. She has stated that she would imagine the songs on the album to be a sort-of soundtrack for certain scenes from films such as "Snow White" and "The Wizard of Oz."
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In 2011, she released "Strange Mercy," which was recorded in Seattle. Apparently she had a very regimented routine while recording it.
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"[Death Cab for Cutie drummer] Jason McGerr had an office that was closing," Clark once said in an interview. "He offered me the space for a month, for all of October. I was alone. I stayed at the Ace Hotel downtown, in one of the rooms with a shared bathroom. I would just get up in the morning and caffeinate, and run, and go to the studio for 12 hours, come back, eat dinner alone with a book, have a glass of wine, and go to bed. And do it all over again."
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"Strange Mercy" would become her highest charting album at that time, peaking at No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Funnily enough, Clark has been rather self-deprecating regarding the album: "I don't think it's the best record I'll ever make," she said, "but I think it's a good record."
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The next year, she followed "Strange Mercy" with a collaborative effort with David Byrne called "Love This Giant." On Nov. 19, 2013, Clark received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Performing Arts.
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In 2014, she released a self-titled album, which won her a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album -- she was also the first solo female performer in 20 years to win a Grammy in that category. Time magazine, the Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, NME and Slant Magazine all declared it one of the albums of the year.
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In 2016, Ernie Ball Music Man announced it was releasing a St. Vincent signature guitar designed by Clark. She was also named Record Store Day's ambassador for 2017 -- making her its first female ambassador ever.
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St. Vincent's latest album, 2017's "Masseduction," was released on Oct. 13, to coincide with her Fear the Future Tour.
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During the first set of her Jan. 27 show, St. Vincent performed the following songs: "Marry Me," "Now, Now," "The Strangers," "Actor Out of Work," "Cruel," "Cheerleader," "Strange Mercy," "Digital Witness," "Rattlesnake," and "Birth in Reverse."
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Her second set featured: "Hang On Me," "Pills," "Masseduction," "Sugarboy," "Los Ageless," "Happy Birthday, Johnny," "Savior," "New York," "Fear the Future," "Young Lover," "Dancing With a Ghost," "Slow Disco" and "Smoking Section." Bravo! Please come back soon.
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