David Byrne & St. Vincent
Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
July 7, 7 p.m.
$63 for members, $65 for the public
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580
Having grown weary of burning (or perhaps Byrne-ing) down houses all over the the '80s new wave block, Talking Heads founder David Byrne has stepped away from smugly strange pop in favor of something more traditional. This time, he's brought a friend with him. Hitting the road with Annie Erin Clark, a singer-songwriter who performs under the moniker St. Vincent, the two recently collaborated on an album called Love This Giant, which features the gigantic, symphonic overtones of big brass accompaniment. The album's official website describes this effort as "intriguingly enigmatic" and "by turns whimsical and dark, backed by a large brass band in lieu of a traditional rock lineup." Indeed, longtime devotees of Byrne's oddball musical characteristics and glamorization of nerd rock should be sufficiently pleased at this unexpected turn of events; ditto newer converts of the awesome, fearsome Byrne-Clark super hybrid. Swing on over to Meijer Gardens on the seventh day of the seventh month at 7 p.m. for what is undoubtedly set to be an unbelievable sonic experience.