Marnie Stern plays the guitar. Not just plays, but destroys it. Super-fast, two-handed, finger-tapping rock guitar lines that prickle the hair on the back of your neck the first time you hear it.
Stern is currently on her "Bye Bye iPod!!" summer tour through the United States and United Kindgom, and bringing their brand of propulsive anarchy to The Conservatory on Saturday night.
Previously, all of Stern's shows have been solo with musical backing tracks provided only by her iPod. This time, however, she's ramping things up with a full band.
"We're doing a good job recreating the album, but more importantly, recreating the presence and the impulsiveness of the record. We're going to keep the energy level really high," Stern said.
The words the New Yorker attaches to her music are "intelligent and cryptic," not surprising given that, while recording, she would visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art weekly to look at Egyptian artifacts. Song titles and lyrics reference Plato, Marcel Duchamp and Arthur Rimbaud.
"This album is a tryst into my world " the movies, music, and art that I like," she said. "Kevin Bogle