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Video: St. Vincent climbs the scaffolding at bonkers ACL fest performance

Video: St. Vincent climbs the scaffolding at bonkers ACL fest performance

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Those who love Tulsa-born St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark) embrace her weirdness. She brought a little extra weird to her latest performance.

The guitar monster tamer let the monster loose at Austin City Limits, and someone made the most brilliant video of it. It went up on YouTube on Friday.

On her recent tour for her self-titled album, St. Vincent's shows were almost as much theater as they were music. Fans in every city got to see her choreographed routines with her bandmate Toko Yasuda, her crowdsurfing, her slow fall down an exaggerated set of steps also used as a kind of dais for some songs. In her last interview in the Tulsa World, she compared the experience to "a bonkers fever dream." The ACL show turned up the bonkers to 11.

The real weirdness began more than a half-hour into the set, at "Krokodil." That's the song when fans would usually expect St. Vincent to leap into the crowd and be carried while she horizontally sings the frenetic, noisy ode to old-school punk wildness. This time, she writhed and stumbled about on the stage floor while offering up those expletive-laden lyrics. No crowdsurfing.

But then, when the next song turned out to be the most dynamic version of "Your Lips are Red" I've ever heard from a St. Vincent show, I knew something big was about to happen. It's an older track we rarely get to hear live these days from St. Vincent. Halfway through, she left the song to her bandmates and climbed more than 20 feet up the stage scaffolding. She hung from the rails, playing like a little kid.

When she came down, she rode on the shoulders of a security guy and stole stuff from the first row of people in the crowd. She got a hat, some flowers, glasses and someone's crutch. She does a deranged Donald O'Connor dance move or two with the crutch and collapses to the stage floor. Still wearing the glasses, hat and flowers, she finished "Your Lips are Red" and no doubt left the crowd in a puddle on the ground at Zilker Park.

Watch the video below of St. Vincent's entire set at Austin City Limits.


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