Featured Band: St. Vincent

Annie Clark was a musical veteran before starting up as her own act under the monkier St. Vincent. She played for the Polyphonic Spree, was a member of Sufjan Stevens' touring band and was part of Glenn Branca's 100 Guitar Orchestra. Now she's on her own though, crafting indie pop that's a mash up of Feist and Joan as Police Woman—that is, sensual, romantic tunes that haven't completely given themselves up to pop riffs and aren't afraid to get downright depressing. She released the critically acclaimed Marry Me in 2007 and is now following it up with Actor, another solid and heart-warming effort that hits shelves through 4AD on May 5.

Try If You Like: Feist, Joan As Policewoman, Rosie Thomas

Listen to St. Vincent on: Future Perfect Radio, New Music, Singer/Songwriter, The Big Apple, SXSW 2009