The Black Keys + St. Vincent

Sprint Center, Kansas City (Photos)

by Sachyn Mital

12 January 2015

The combination of the Black Keys and St. Vincent in one arena brought together two formidable and well-received guitar-driven acts for the final show of their 2014 tours.

The Black Keys + St. Vincent

21 Dec 2014: Sprint Center — Kansas City, MO

Towards the end of 2014, the year in which both The Black Keys and St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, released strong albums (Turn Blue and St. Vincent respectively), it was a treat to hear both artists would be touring together. St. Vincent opened for Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach for the last stretch of their tour, fourteen shows, the final stop of which was at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The Black Keys are no strangers to arenas and they knew how to up their game for this show, revealing more of the stage throughout the night. It was practically hit after hit after hit with their set, but my particularly favorite stretch of songs came near the middle, beginning with “Howlin’ for You”, a cover of “A Girl Like You” and finally “Money Maker” though the encore, which included the hypnotic simmer of “Turn Blue” was hardly second fiddle.
St. Vincent’s set was striking and exciting as she maintained the focus on her and her fellow bandmate(s), with the stage being set primarily for the Keys. There was little chance that anyone wasn’t transfixed by songs like “Digital Witness” or “Birth in Reverse” however.

Both bands will be continuing to tour for the first half of 2015 and likely well through the summer as each have slots lined up at the big festivals, Coachella and Governors Ball.

St. Vincent:

The Black Keys:

St. Vincent 12/21/14 setlist:
Prince Johnny
Digital Witness
Birth in Reverse
Huey Newton
Bring Me Your Loves

The Black Keys 12/21/14 setlist:
Dead and Gone
Next Girl
Run Right Back
Same Old Thing
Gold on the Ceiling
Strange Times
Nova Baby
Leavin’ Trunk
Too Afraid to Love You
Howlin’ for You
A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins)
Money Maker
Gotta Get Away
She’s Long Gone
Tighten Up
Your Touch
Lonely Boy
Weight of Love
Turn Blue
Little Black Submarines

St. Vincent Tour Dates:
01-24 Singapore, Singapore - Laneway Festival
01-26 Auckland, Australia - Laneway Festival
01-31 Brisbane, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-01 Sydney, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-06 Adelaide, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-07 Melbourne, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-08 Fremantle, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-17 Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club
02-19 Osaka, Japan - Umeda Club Quattro
02-20 Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya Club Quattro
02-22 Koutou-ku, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender at Studio Coast
03-03 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
03-04 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
03-05 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
03-06 South Burlington, VT - The Higher Ground Ballroom
03-07 Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
03-08 Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
03-14-15 Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza
03-21-22 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lollapalooza
03-28-29 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza
04-12 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-19 Indio, CA - Coachella
05-30 Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
06-05-07 New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
07-02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-04 Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Music Festival

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