Erykah Badu/St. Vincent with Moses Sumney
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Though stylistically they might as well be apples and oranges, Erykah Badu and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) still drop from the same alternative tree. The Dallas-bred women, more than a decade apart, push out from the confines of their respective genre-incinerating female stereotypes in the process. Their hit songs have never sold out at the expense of sonic and lyrical depth. This past Sunday night, everyone in attendance at the Hollywood Bowl got a major treat thanks to someone's brilliant idea put the two together on the same billing.
The much buzzed about Moses Sumney opened, starting as the sun was setting. Clad in a flowing black garment and wearing circular frames, he looked as if he just came from hanging out with Lisa Bonet at Hillman. His remarkable voice cascaded into the hills, weaving into complex, ethereal harmonies. The crowd was thicker by the time St. Vincent took to the stage.