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Annie Clark has a face—elegant, still, precise—that betrays nothing. It suits her. In the eight years she’s been making music as St. Vincent, Clark has developed a sometimes shrill, often spastic brand of guitar-rock that’s also singular: she’s a virtuosic guitarist (she studied at the Berklee College of Music, that high temple of chops), but her technical aptitude is tempered by her oddball taste and ear for sticky melodies. St. Vincent, her fourth and newest...
By Amanda Petrusich There’s a pervasive, romantic notion of the Outsider as Omniscient Loner: preoccupied, brooding, mumbly. He is human—for example, he might read a paperback book that he tugged from the back pocket of his jeans, or gaze intently into a woman’s eyes for a beat too long—but he doesn’t celebrate holidays or use the toilet. He is usually leaning against a wall. This is one way of thinking about it. Then there are the...

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