Posted in music | pictures on October 6, 2011

words by Bill Pearis, photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Anika in Asbury Park
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"Anika, not one for small talk, has a cold stare that's really not cold at all. It creates a distance between singer and audience that works to lift the show into something distinct and not at all casual. She takes it all in while on stage, never breaking the slick veneer of the performance to let any mundane moment of realism slip through. It makes for an iconic and captivating show, comforting yet somber, since I guess some have come to expect a singer to say hello or introduce a song here and there during the night. Unnecessary chit chat isn't all it's cracked up to be, however. The dubby, meandering nature of some of the songs and her spoken-word style of singing adds to the off-kilter, experimental mood." [Sentimentalist]
If you missed Anika last week at LPR or didn't have the cash to make it to see her at ATP (pictures in this post), she plays tonight - 10/6 - at Glasslands with Slowdance, Ducktails and Hard Bop before heading out on tour. If you've heard her amazing album, she definitely works that Nico/Ute Lemper vibe to the hilt -- icy icy cool. And her band, including the rhythm section of BEAK>, are fantastic. Tickets are still available, you should go to this.

More pictures from her set at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park on Sunday, all dates and a video from LPR, below...

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All Tomorrow's Parties 2011 - Day 2

Anika - 2011 Tour Dates
10.06.11 Thu Brooklyn, NY Glasslands w/ Slowdance
10.07.11 Fri Montreal, Quebec Club Lambi w/ Slowdance
10.08.11 Sat Toronto, Ontario Wrong Bar w/ Slowdance
10.09.11 Sun Detroit, Michigan Cave w/ Slowdance
10.10.11 Mon Chicago, Illinois Empty Bottle w/ Slowdance
10.14.11 Fri Portland, Oregon Mississippi Studios
10.16.11 Sun Seattle, Washington The Crocodile
10.18.11 Tue Trinidad, California Ocean Grove w/ Starving Weirdos
10.19.11 Wed San Francisco, California The Independent
10.20.11 Thu Los Angeles, California Eagle Rock Center
10.25.11 Tue Austin, Texas Emos
10.26.11 Wed New Orleans, Louisiana Siberia w/ Zola Jesus
10.27.11 Thu Atlanta, Georgia The Basement
10.29.11 Sat Asheville, North Carolina Moog Fest

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Comments (20)

HOT

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 4:28 PM

Now THAT'S music.
Just stand there, honey. And shake that thang.
Ah. Music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 4:34 PM

Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 4:34 PM

Have a listen - it's just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 4:36 PM

thought the lpr show was fantastic but i feel like glasslands will be even more appropriate venue. looking forward to this one a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 4:39 PM

Rasha ya eini ya rouhi !!

Posted by danny | October 6, 2011 4:55 PM

This shit was boring as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 5:04 PM

@5:04 sorry, it's not Dan Deacon.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 5:13 PM

@5:13 who the fuck is dan deacon? she just stood there and mumbled and then had to read lyrics for once in a lifetime. I have never seen karaoke so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 5:21 PM

She was incredibly boring at ATP. All the greatness of BEAK>, but muted, so that way she's not drowned out. Just monotonous crap.

And, from the murmurings I heard, the Nico comparison extends to the horseshit way she was fused into that band. Just a bad idea all around.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 5:34 PM

^ really? wow. that's disappointing to hear as i really enjoy the record.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 10:19 PM

Saw her at ATP as well....BORING.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 11:35 PM

hot but boring seems to the consensus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 8:53 AM

^ Agree.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 9:22 AM

i don't even think she's hot. she kinda reminds me of this semi-retarded girl i went to high school with. she used to ride horses. one day she fell off a horse. true story.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 10:07 AM

Her song title "I go to sleep" says it all

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 11:03 AM

I saw her at ATP too and really liked it. But, that might be because I actually listen to the music that's being played when I go to shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 11:09 AM

Can't please everyone. Show at Glasslands was great!

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 1:56 PM

trying too hard to not be trying

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 2:17 PM

my two cents .. she has an intangible that works.. Its wild bc I have a peeve with artists that don't take time to acknowledge their audience. But for some reason with Anika it works. I was at the LPR show and I thougt it was great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 4:09 PM

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