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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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2018 ACL Music Festival Recap – Sunday, Day 3

In a day chock full of fantastic performers like Elle King, Twin Shadow, and the Arctic Monkeys, it's Janelle Monae who leaves ACL speechless.

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Grandoozy in Eight Hours on Orange Sunday: St. Vincent, Denver Broncos Play to Win

With the inaugural Grandoozy music festival brought to the Mile High City by the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, the expectations — and temperatures — continued to soar. Guess who beat the odds?

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INmusic Day 2: Nick Cave Brings the Apocalypse with a Smile

The second day of the famed Croatian rock festival INmusic saw record-breaking crowds and a magnificent display of artistic range featuring Nick Cave and St. Vincent.

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St. Vincent's 'Masseduction' Songs Given Poignancy with Doveman on Piano

Maggie Rogers and St. Vincent, along with Doveman on piano, each performed a set at the Mastercard House.

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Day for Night Festival Sets High Bar with Awe-Inspiring Acts and Art

Houston's Day for Night festival was more female any other festival I had attended with tons to offer (including shelter from a downpour).

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Day for Night Festival Returns to Houston for Third Incarnation

Festival promises an incredible audio-visual experience from musicians and artists like Solange, St. Vincent, Thom Yorke, Ryoji Ikeda and more.

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The Best Pop Albums of 2017

In a year when your favorite long-dormant musical act finally released new material after a multi-year hiatus, only a precious few releases -- from voices old and new -- were truly able to capture the pop culture zeitgeist. These are those albums.

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St. Vincent - "Los Ageless" (Singles Going Steady)

St. Vincent paints a picture of obsession -- with youth, with beauty, with the superficialities that have come to be synonymous with Los Angeles.

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St. Vincent: Masseduction

Despite some great moments, Masseduction doesn't always sound comfortable letting its artifice crumble, and its half-hearted attempts at social commentary cause it to sag at times.

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NPR Music Host Bob Boilen on the Songs That Impacted Musician's Lives

The radio personality collected artist interviews about their life-changing songs in a new book. He discussed it here with PopMatters.

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Governors Ball Day 1: My Morning Jacket + Florence and the Machine + The Decemberists (Photos)

A photo gallery from the first day of Governors Ball, featuring Florence and the Machine, MMJ, The Decemberists, St. Vincent and more.

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2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos)

Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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St. Vincent: St. Vincent (Deluxe Edition)

Dying her hair white is sadly analogous to the record as a whole. She sounds quirky for the sake of being quirky.

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Guessing the 2015 Grammys

PopMatters predicts a night of newcomers, huge sweeps, and some love for two theme songs from 2013.

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The Black Keys + St. Vincent: Sprint Center, Kansas City (Photos)

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.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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St. Vincent: 26 February 2014 - Terminal 5, New York (Photos)

We caught St. Vincent's sold out tour kick off show in New York City and have the photos to prove it. Check out her lengthy North American tour schedule.

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St. Vincent: St. Vincent

To stay alive, you have to improvise. Learn from the master.

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St. Vincent Shares "Digital Witness" From Her Upcoming Album (stream)

St. Vincent returns on 25 February with her latest record, a self-titled affair, from which we have already heard "Birth in Reverse". Today, the artist presented the Talking Heads-esque "Digital Witness" on BBC's 6Music Breakfast Show.

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Fall 2012 New Music Playlist

Another listening session with background notes to ease the transition into fall, including new music off highly anticipated releases from indie strongholds Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective along with singles from upcoming releases from Tame Impala and Matt and Kim.

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David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love This Giant, it’s that collaboration is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Grimes and Female Celebrity

Grimes's Claire Boucher is the indie heroine of the year, which makes it all the more interesting that she's using her newfound celebrity to subtly challenge what we expect of women in the entertainment industry.

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St. Vincent: 22 May 2012 - Knoxville, TN

Though it could be the coldest performance I've ever witnessed, it also might be the most beautiful.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: 4 May 2012 - New York

BAM's excellent performance spaces, lighting, and acoustics worked wonderfully in enhancing some fine performances by a few Brooklyn-based pros.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry's Video Playlist

Brooklyn Academy of Music will host new music fest, May 3 - 5

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Coachella 2012: Radiohead + St. Vincent

Coachella streamed live this past weekend and here you can catch entire sets sets from Radiohead and St. Vincent.

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The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.

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The Best Alternative Songwriters of 2011

Some of 2011's best songwriting came from artists whose work could be broadly defined as "alternative". Few of these artists fit the mold of the traditional singer-songwriter, creating music the blurs the lines defining genres.

Robert Alford
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St. Vincent: 7 October 2011 - Lawrence, KS

The overall impression Annie Clark gives is of someone who is ultimately untouched even by the subjects of her own lyrics.

Daniel Donahue
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Apparat: The Devil's Walk

The German electronic musician and erstwhile member of Moderat returns with a warmer, softer edge than contemporaries like James Blake.

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St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

St. Vincent makes a strong case that high art can have a popular dimension and pop music can be high-minded and artful.

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Interview with St. Vincent @ Pitchfork 2010

St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has always been an artist who marches to her own beat.

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Pitchfork Music Festival: 16-18 July 2010 - Chicago

Despite a blistering heatwave and some sound issues, Pitchfork put on their most electrifying music festival yet.

Daniel Boczarski
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St. Vincent: 11 February 2010: Phoenix, AZ

St. Vincent (AKA Annie Clark) is a magnificent performer with a talented, intelligent group of musicians by her side. I defy anyone with blood still flowing through their veins to remain still and unmoved during her performances.

Andrew Watson
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St. Vincent: 18.Feb.2010 - Chicago

St. Vincent enchanted Chicago's Metro last week with her eclectic mix of synthesized funk, orch-pop, electronica, art-rock, and even understated use of hip hop.

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