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Five Things You Don't Know About the Lovely Songstress St. Vincent

The widely recognized dreamy indie musician/songstress known at St.Vincent is debuting her latest album Strange Mercy to a Miami audience, finally, thanks to the movers and shakers of Mute Miami, on May 31 at The Stage. Last week, our sister blog Crossfade broke the news on this hot upcoming affair. Mute Miami has worked long and hard to bring this indie queen to our neck of the woods, since St. Vincent usually sticks to festivals and the like, making this a momentous and exciting moment for the South Florida music scene.

Seeing as this is her first appearance in front of a ravenous SoFla audience, we only thought it was appropriate to flip the script a little. Rather than telling you all the things you probably know about her, like her real name -- it's Annie Erin Clark -- or that she was part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before pursuing her solo career in 2006, instead, we're gonna tell ya some things that you probably don't know.

1. Annie is actually a wild, cookie eating puppet.

In a 2009 interview with Los Angeles based online music program The Lana Show, St. Vincent shows up to the studio as herself, her puppet self. However, she quickly exposes her true identity as a crazy chocolate chip cookie eater with co-puppet and host Lana Kim. Hilarity ensures. 

2. St. Vincent loves Phil Collins as much as you do (or don't...). 

So the video quality is shit, but we'll break it down for you. It's quite easy, really: Sufjan Stevens + St. Vincent + Phil Collins cover song = magical mystery performance we wish would have been recorded in the studio. According to this article, the performance happened at the 2009 BAM Takeover series in Brooklyn (of course, hipster Mecca. We must've been visiting Florida that weekend). Over-the-top-ness of it all? St. Vincent has a nickname for Sufjan, and we're totally jelly.

3. Annie Clark goes green

Ok so maybe she's not exactly a fan of "bum beer" but here she tells a college story, and we all know that college kids tend to partake in less-than-stellar beer choices (Coors, anyone?). She even suggests using empty cans for craft projects which makes us love her even more, because she is a recycling advocate.

4. Janet Jackson, fashion, gamer? Oh, my!

In an interview with MTV, Annie describes her odd connection with Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation as an inspiration for her album Strange Mercy. Also, like many of us, she doesn't get the public's obsession with her "fashion" which she admits off-stage consists of "pretty much four outfits a year." She also bookmarks Legend of Zelda gamer codes -- swoon!

5. 93rd Greatest Guitarist of All Time

It might not be "shocking" that St.Vincent's guitar playing is above average. She was recently named the 93rd out of 100 top guitarist's of all time according to Spin Magazine. The article compares Clark to the likes of Jimi Hendrix for crying out loud! In the above video, Clark covers the iconic Beatles' song "Dig a Pony," showcasing her masterful finger-work and presence on the guitar.

UN-MUTED with St. Vincent at The Stage, 170 NE 38 Street, Miami, on Thursday, May 31 at 9 p.m. with Awesome New Republic and DJ RunSevimRun. Tickets available here. Call 305-576-9577. 

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