This Little Underground: St. Vincent at the Beacham

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click to enlarge St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)
St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

It’s brightening to see that eccentric genius can still triumph above ground once in a while. A current case in point, St. Vincent is one of those pop phenomena that breaks big against all commercial odds.

Sure, she’s got one huge hook of a look. But even though image and spectacle are the stock in trade for some of the most supremely empty pop music, St. Vincent reminds that this appeal can be in service of real art and not just a gilded surrogate. Because her avant-garde vision of pop and rock is interesting, her mark will endure.

When you manage to get big this way, on these terms, it’s a rare position of privilege. With the freedom of a maverick but the big, sure footing of an establishment force, it’s the best of both worlds, the living ideal. You can get away with anything from here, shit that only icons like Björk and Prince can pull off.

click to enlarge St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)
St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

The grand trick, of course, is to get the public to buy into your thing, not an easy task when you’re doing something a little left-field. But now that she’s accomplished that, St. Vincent’s star power is so plain to see – and, as her scintillating Orlando performance (Oct. 7, The Beacham) testified, it’s blinding. Even as many of us have already caught on and are soaking in her glow, she’s one of those future-now artists whose reach won’t fully be measured for years to come.

click to enlarge St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)
St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

St. Vincent at the Beacham (photo by Christopher Garcia)

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