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Music: David Byrne and St. Vincent can't help but think big

The collaborators on 'Love This Giant' are performing at the Greek Theatre.

October 11, 2012

Juicy questions come wrapped in chewy textures on "Love This Giant," an album-length collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent. He's the deadpan eccentric frontman for Talking Heads; she's a sly singer-guitarist (born Annie Clark) beloved by brainy indie types. Acquainted through mutual friends in the New York rock scene, the two first teamed up at the behest of Housing Works, a Big Apple bookstore that previously paired Björk with Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors for a one-off benefit gig. Yet "Love This Giant" quickly outgrew its impetus: In these 12 songs — built on voice and guitar but generously appointed with bright brass arrangements and funky machine beats — Byrne and Clark sound like psychosocial explorers setting out on an open-ended quest. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $35 to $75. greektheatrela.com.

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