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TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2014: St. Vincent | The Heavy Blinkers at Festival Tent - Mon Jul 7 2014 at 9:00 pm
· Jul · 7 Mon at Festival Tent Lower Water Street & Salter Street Halifax, NS
Doors at 8:30 pm Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets: $35.00 ($32 Halifax Jazz Festival Members) General Admission

19+ ID Required / General Admission No Refunds or Exchanges Rain or Shine


TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2014: St. Vincent | The Heavy Blinkers: ST. VINCENT at Festival Tent Mon Jul 7 2014 at 9:00 pm TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2014: St. Vincent | The Heavy Blinkers at Festival Tent - Mon Jul 7 2014 at 9:00 pm
St. Vincent St. Vincent
The Heavy Blinkers The Heavy Blinkers

St. Vincent (New York City, NY)

Genre: chamber rock

St. Vincent is one powerful, stunning young woman named Annie Clark, and she has been moving at breakneck speed for the past two years, barely stopping to catch her breath. In 2011, she released her third album, Strange Mercy, called "one of the year's best" by the New York Times and "something to behold" by Pitchfork. The record cemented her status as one of her generation's most fearsome and inventive guitarists, earned her the covers of SPIN, Paper, and Under the Radar, performances everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fallon to Letterman and Conan, and a year-long sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date around the world. She appeared on the hit IFC series Portlandia and graced the pages of Vogue's coveted September issue. It was during this already monumentally busy time that she completed work with David Byrne on their collaborative album Love This Giant, another critical smash that was dubbed "marvelous" by the New Yorker and "magical" by NPR. With the release of her eponymous fourth album St.Vincent in early 2014, Clark has realized her most lyrically sophisticated and musically diverse collection to date, meshing distorted, aggressive electric guitars and bold vocal and synthesizer arrangements on top of a relentless rhythm section. "I wanted the groove to be paramount," Clark says of the album. "I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral." Clark's futuristic pop music is deceptively candy-coated. At its core it is complex, intrepid and maddening, yet Clark delivers it with such effortless sophistication that it remains totally irresistible.

Personnel: Annie Clark (guitar/voice), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards), Toko Yasuda (keyboards), Matt Johnson (drums)

The Heavy Blinkers (Halifax, NS)

Genre: orchestral pop/folk

What began in the late 90s as a solo project for Haligonian music icon Jason Michael MacIsaac blossomed into an internationally recognized orchestral pop group that slowly rescinded into silence; but that's hardly the whole story. MacIsaac, an incredibly convivial orchestral-pop junky with a penchant for perfectionism has been the group's sole constant, though its ranks have included such local luminaries as Ruth Minnikin, Jenn Grant and Andrew Watt. The Blinkers, in various incarnations, released albums and toured with relative regularity from its inception until its excellent 2004 album The Night And I Are Still So Young. Continuing the band's fancy for introspective pop numbers with happy sounds and sad sentiments, The Night and I reached new heights and cemented their reputation as one of the best pop bands in the country, gaining them a loyal following throughout North America. Following that came a period of near-inactivity that left the band’s avid fans in a desperate lurch. This beautiful surge and subsequent silence lead to SPIN voting the band as one of "The Greatest Bands You've Never Heard" in 2009. The bittersweet Blinkers' story began anew in the summer of 2013 with the long-awaited appearance of Health, an intricately detailed concept record with expansive arrangements and unrivalled song craft. This glorious return to form proved that, in the nine year interim, MacIsaac's abilities as a songwriter had only grown sharper, his ear for melody more keen and his aims even loftier. In its ninth life, the Heavy Blinkers now features an all-star ensemble including velvety vocalists Melanie Stone and Stewart Legere, woodwind prince David Christensen and, of course, the inimitable MacIsaac.

Personnel: Jason Michael MacIsaac (piano/guitar/banjo), Melanie Stone (voice), David Christensen (woodwinds/percussion), Ellen Gibling (harp), Adam Fine (bass), Warda Limaye (violin), Stewart Legere (voice), Michael Belyea (drums)

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