David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Quirkiness

David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and Annie Clark, a.k.a. “St. Vincent,” will join forces at Montclair’s historic Wellmont Theatre on Wednesday, June 12 to perform songs from “Love This Giant,” their debut collaborative album.

David Byrne and St. Vincent come to Wellmont.

David Byrne may be most famous for his time with the popular 1970’s/1980’s American New Wave band the Talking Heads, complete with hits such as “And She Was,” “Life During Wartime,” “Burning Down the House” and “Wild Wild Life.” However, he has other accomplishments to add to his repertoire, namely as a visual artist who thought of many ideas for the Talking Heads’ album covers, an actor, film producer and record producer.

Golden microphone on stage
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David Byrne has also helped contribute vocals for artists such as the Arcade Fire, worked with Brian Eno and even has released several solo albums, which include songs such as “Back in the Box” and “Angel.” He even has a concert film called “Stop Making Sense.”

Annie Clark, who performs with a band under the pseudonym St. Vincent, is a Texan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. So far, she has three albums to date, her most recent being 2011’s “Strange Mercy.” She is a mix of indie pop with dance elements, chamber pop and alternative/indie rock, all done in her own way. Some of her most well-known tracks include “Marry Me, John,” “Marrow,” “Cheerleader” and “Surgeon.”

Aside from playing the guitar like a true energetic hard-rocker, she has some other achievements to boast about, such as playing with the Polyphonic Spree, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens.

Many wonder how David Byrne and St. Vincent ended up collaborating together. The story is that they first met in 2009 at a “Dark Was the Night” benefit event at Radio City Music Hall. Not too long after, NYC’s Housing Works Café Bookstore asked them to make some music together. Both Byrne and Clark believe that they work well together, not because of their similar musical styles melding together, but that there are equal duties split between composing and writing lyrics. They are proof that making music by splitting equal duties, with whatever instrument is played, is the best way to have fun and make music listenable.

Tickets range from $45-75 and can be purchased online. Or, you can go directly to the venue itself on Fridays and purchase the tickets at their box office. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The Wellmont Theatre is located on 5 Seymour Street in Montclair, NJ.

Why not also make a day of it and feed your inner artsy/indie spirit by stopping for a bite to eat at some more laid-back places, such as Trends Coffee Shop and InsaniTea, both located on Bloomfield Avenue?


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