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St. Vincent became one of the unexpected success stories of indie rock with the release of her second album, Actor, in 2009; the literate, emotionally intricate songs and rich, beautifully crafted pop melodies made her an immediate hit with critics, but few expected her music to cross over to mainstream acceptance. However, St. Vincent's beguiling sounds helped Actor rise to number 90 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, and its follow-up, Strange Mercy, confirmed her newfound stardom by debuting on Billboard at number 19 in the fall of 2011. St. Vincent was born Annie Erin Clark on September 28, 1982; she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and spent most of her childhood in Dallas, Texas. Clark began playing guitar at the age of 12, and she picked up some valuable lessons on the life of a touring musician as a teenager when she joined her uncle Tuck Andress on the road with his popular jazz duo Tuck & Patti. After graduating from high school in 2001, she studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, and recorded a self-released, three-song EP with fellow students in 2003, titled Ratsliveonnoevilstar. In 2004, Clark left Berklee and joined the extra-large Baroque pop group the Polyphonic Spree as a guitarist and a singer; she would tour with the band, and appeared on the sessions for their 2007 album, The Fragile Army. In 2004, Clark briefly worked with another unusually large group, performing with Glenn Branca's 100 Guitar Orchestra for a recording of one of his avant-garde symphonies. In 2006, Clark left the Polyphonic Spree and joined the backing band of like-minded pop composer Sufjan Stevens. She recorded a three-song EP to sell at her shows with Stevens, on which she adopted the name St. Vincent (inspired by her grandmother as well as the New York hospital where poet Dylan Thomas breathed his last.) In 2007, Clark stepped out on her own and signed a deal with Beggars Banquet, which released St. Vincent's first full-length album, Marry Me. The album was well received by critics, and in 2009, Clark moved to the celebrated British independent label 4AD for her second album. Teaming with producer John Congleton, St. Vincent's sophomore effort, Actor, was a musical and lyrical step forward from her debut, and strong reviews coupled with St. Vincent's impressive live performances helped the album rise from the indie ranks to the mainstream charts. In addition to her busy touring schedule, Clark found time to make guest appearances on albums by the Mountain Goats and the New Pornographers, and in 2011, she appeared at a special concert paying homage to the pioneering indie rock bands chronicled in Michael Azerrad's book Our Band Could Be Your Life, where St. Vincent performed a striking version of Big Black's "Kerosene" that earned praise from group founder Steve Albini. In the spring of 2011, Clark was reunited in the studio with producer Congleton, and the third St. Vincent album, Strange Mercy, was released in September 2011. The following year, Clark embarked on a collaboration with Talking Heads musician David Byrne after the two met at Radio City Hall in New York City for AIDS/HIV charity Dark Was the Night's benefit concert in 2009. The initial plan was to play a one-off show together; however, after the pair began to trade ideas, the project snowballed into a full album. They incorporated horns into the sound and traded lyrics via e-mail until Love This Giant was realized and released in 2012. Clark spent much of that year and 2013 touring in support of the project, which was a critical and commercial success. Late in 2013, Clark began work on her fourth album, once again working with Congleton. St. Vincent, which boasted some of Clark's most accessible songwriting and challenging sounds, appeared in early 2014. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
St. Vincent

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    Coffeehouse Corner
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    Relax Trax
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    Top Indie

    Top Indie
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    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    2 songs

    Indie Party

    2 songs

Albums by
St. Vincent

Top Songs by
St. Vincent

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Cruel
  3.   Surgeon
  4.   Digital Witness
  5.   Marry Me
  6.   Actor Out of Work
  7.   Now, Now
  8.   Cheerleader
  9.   Birth in Reverse
  10.   Teenage Talk
  11.   Paris Is Burning
  12.   Prince Johnny
  13.   The Apocalypse Song
  14.   All My Stars Aligned
  15.   Landmines
  16.   Laughing with a Mouth of Blood
  17.   Severed Crossed Fingers
  18.   I Prefer Your Love
  19.   The Strangers
  20.   Marrow
  21.   Krokodil
  22.   Neutered Fruit
  23.   The Antidote
  24.   The Neighbors
  25.   Bad Believer
  26.   Human Racing
  27.   Sparrow
  28.   Huey Newton
  29.   Year Of The Tiger (4AD Session)
  30.   Grot
  31.   This Wave
  32.   Year Of The Tiger
  33.   Strange Mercy
  34.   Northern Lights
  35.   Hysterical Strength
  36.   Dilettante
  37.   The Sequel
  38.   Just the Same But Brand New
  39.   Black Rainbow
  40.   Your Lips Are Red
  41.   Strange Mercy (4AD Session)
  42.   We Put a Pearl in the Ground
  43.   Chloe in the Afternoon (4AD Session)
  44.   Pieta
  45.   Oh My God
  46.   Champagne Year
  47.   The Party
  48.   Every Tear Disappears
  49.   Bring Me Your Loves
  50.   Make Believe
  51.   Surgeon (4AD Session)
  52.   What Me Worry?
  53.   Chloe In The Afternoon
  54.   Jesus Saves, I Spend
  55.   Save Me from What I Want
  56.   Regret
  57.   Rattlesnake
  58.   Del Rio
  59.   Cheerleader (4AD Session)
  60.   The Bed
  61.   Psychopath

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