Due to "international travel complications," Annie Clark -- aka indie-rock heroine St. Vincent -- won't be able to make Friday night's "Wits" taping at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The news coincidentally arrived just after word spread of Clark's upcoming tour with David Byrne, the first date of which will be Sept. 15 at the State Theatre. Stay tuned for ticket info.
Tomorrow night's “Wits” will go on as planned, with not one but two singers showing up last-minute to fill in for Clark: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and Steven Page, formerly of Barenaked Ladies. The show's other main co-star, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, will also still go on as planned.
Fresh from a First Avenue performance just last month, Clark made an album with Byrne that will arrive Sept. 11. Titled “Love This Giant,” the two slender, provocotive art-rockers from different eras recorded together with help from Clark's fellow Texas native John Congleton (producer for Modest Mouse, St. Vincent, Astronautalis) and members of Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings and the Budos Band. Pitchfork.com has a little more info on the record.
Byrne’s last album, 2008's “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today,” was also a collaborative project with Brian Eno. His last time in the Twin Cities was also in '08, also at the State. He should follow Clark's lead and come here more often, expecially considering their shared fondness for Walker Art Center (St. Vincent played there last October, also a tour kick-off; Byrne helped stage "The Knee Plays" there in 1984 and returned to perform at Rock the Garden in 2004).