Santigold isn't someone who copies; she's someone who is copied. She made glitter accessible to artists like Ke$ha, and she taught hipsters how to turn a tacky fashion faux pas into retro-chic. But her inspiration doesn't stop there.
Santigold's electro-pop has helped inventive artists become more accessible in the States, and you'll see why when she takes the stage at House of Blues on Thursday, June 7.
Following the release of her self-titled debut album, Santigold won the attention of indie kids craving a new genre. She also won "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the American NME Awards in 2008, before snagging the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards the following year.
Her second album, Master of My Make-Believe, dropped in May on Atlantic Records, and features even more diverse influences than before.
In addition to a stellar collaboration with Karen O on "Go!," the album features nods to various women throughout the music industry. For instance, "Disperate Youth" could easily have been written and performed by Sleigh Bells, while the alluring and sensual track "The Riot's Gone" channels a mix of Madonna and Florence + The Machine. And though critics have branded her as an M.I.A. rip-off, "Look At The Hoes" proves she can more than hold her own.
But Santigold isn't just playing a part. Instead, she's proudly displaying her diverse vocal compass that proves she is never fake, and never forced.
Britain's own teenage goth-pop artist, Charli XCX, is set to open. Tickets start at $25.