David Byrne has doggedly insisted on living in the musical present. But late into a two-hour set at the Strathmore Music Center on Sunday night, Byrne, performing jointly with new collaborator St. Vincent, offered a fleeting moment of arena-rock release. At the sound of the pulsating guitar intro to the Talking Heads’ classic “Burning Down the House,” the largely middle-aged audience collectively leapt to its feet with a fervor that indicated a pent-up desire to dance.
However, Byrne, adoptive New Yorker that he is, all but declared, “No soup for you!”
Despite having turned 60 this year, Byrne hasn’t retreated from the front lines of sonic experimentation; he recently released, with Annie Clark (St. Vincent is her stage name), a typically adventurous album called “Love This Giant.” The bulk of Sunday’s show was given to cuts from that album, plus a handful that Clark and Byrne have released on their own. It was very much a shared-spotlight affair, with Byrne often receding behind Clark, a Bjork-like soprano who also happens to possess a digital armory of angular, fuzzed-out guitar licks.