Stephanie's ID w. Buttercup

Release Date: 2008-03-12

Stephanie’s Id are products of the New South: an Asheville, North Carolina band without a hint of American rootsiness. They specialize in post-modern pop, in the sense that they freely take from anything that appeals to them, whether it’s electronica, jazz, soul, or the more baroque side of popular music. Their method recalls Portishead, whose “Glory Box” they covered in 2006.

Stephanie Morgan, the group’s lead singer and namesake, possesses a major vocal presence and an ability to inhabit everything from the oddball turns of “Wash Us Down With Sea Saline” to the R&B brassiness of “Hey Hey Hey (It’s Gonna Be OK),” two standouts from their third album, 2007’s Grus Americanus.

They’re stopping in San Antonio on their way to SXSW, and they’ll make the most of the stop, with a March 12 Beethoven Maennerchor gig with local heroes Buttercup, and a stop at KSYM 90.1 FM for a live-in-the-studio set that afternoon. Stephanie’s Id with Buttercup, 9:30pm Wed, Mar 12, Beethoven Maennerchor Halle, 422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521.

- Gilbert Garcia