Annie Clark is another insanely creative female indie pop artist that has really changed the game over the last few years like tUnE-yArDs‘ Merrill Garbus. She goes by the stage name St. Vincent, and her virtuosic guitar playing is matched by her commanding vocals and brilliant knack for catchy songwriting, poetic lyrics and quirky melodies. The 29 year old Texas native, and Berklee dropout, is a former member of Alt. Rock stalwarts, The Polyphonic Spree. That’s quite the pedigree. Watch the lead single, “Surgeon”, off her third album Strange Mercy, which was released this past September on 4AD Records and see if she lives up to the hype. I think so.
Also, for those of you lucky enough to live in the Southwest or the Bay Area, you can catch Annie and Merrill together as they co-headline 4 shows, aside from both being at each weekend of this year’s Coachella festival. Tour dates can be seen here.
Zoë Sundra is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter bringing the sequins back to folk music. With her brutally honest lyrics and acoustic sound, she matches her songs with a full band, including additional vocals and multiple saxophones. Zoë uses her influences of Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks and Neko Case to create a dynamic stage presence and experience for her audiences. Her upcoming album, The Hunt is set to be released in late March 2012, along with a southern tour in the Spring and a west coast tour in the Summer.
Make sure to catch her tomorrow night as she headlines Arlene’s Grocery. You can purchased discounted tickets in advance here. Listen to “Scarlett”, the lead single from her sophomore album, The Hunt, below.
Laura Ganci is a singer/songwriter from Connecticut who has been writing and singing for over ten years. With grave attention to lyrics and conveying emotion through storytelling, Laura’s songs “paint a picture” and have struck a chord with many first time listeners. I have actually seen people in bars stop their conversation when she begins to perform and listen intently through her entire set. Not an easy feat, given much of the music is either down tempo or deals with deeply personal issues. Watch the video for “Love Junkie” below. It has always been my favorite of her many great songs.
Make sure you also go to Fat Baby this Thursday, January 26th to see Laura perform live. Her set begins at 7:45pm sharp. You can purchase discounted tickets online through TurnStyle here.