St. Vincent * 11/1/11 * 9:30 Club, Washington DC

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On November 1 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., I saw St. Vincent perform for the third time. She and her band are touring through the U.S. and Europe to promote the artist’s new album, Strange Mercy. Perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the experience is hearing St. Vincent’s sound alternate between ethereal siren calls and raw, robotic guitar solos. Clark is like a real-life version of Hester Prynne’s daughter, Pearl, from The Scarlett Letter: an impish, childlike muse who explodes with anger before transforming back into her innocent self. Dressed in a glittery gold top, black leather shorts and tights, Clark’s short, dark curls slowly unfurled as the show went on.

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