Posted in music | pictures on February 21, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus was an extraterrestrial apparition who looked like she could start hovering Linda Blair-style at any moment. "Swords," the glitchy overture to Zola's latest album, Conatus, ushered the four-piece band onstage through fog and a wall of artificial blue starlight, Zola positioned front and center in a flowing white gown. She didn't stay put for long. Bolstered by synth, drums and electric violinist Christiana Key (whom audience members praised by name more than once throughout the night), Zola beautifully belted out "Avalanche," "Shivers" and most of the tracks from Conatus while floating, hopping and jazzercising across the smoky stage. After a hot hour Zola was already gone and back for the encore, stationed behind a double-decker Akai keyboard while Key's violin groaned along to the somber ballad "Skin." -[CMJ]
Zola Jesus lead the charge on an all-star cast at Webster Hall on 2/18. Liturgy (who is now down to a duo and a MacBook Pro) and Talk Normal opened the show. Pictures adorn this post.

Zola Jesus plays Lincoln Hall in Chicago tonight and her full slate of tour dates (including Sasquatch) are below. The dates ALSO include an appearance at SXSW as part of the Sacred Bones Showcase on 3/14 at Elysium with Amen Dunes, Led Er Est, The Men, Psychic Ills, and Wymond Miles.

All dates, pictures from Webster Hall, and Zola Jesus's setlist, below...

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ZOLA JESUS at WEBSTER HALL (2/18) SETLIST
Swords
Avalanche
Hikikomori
Stridulum
Collapse
Sea Talk
In Your Nature
Shivers
Seekir
Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake
Night
Ixode
Vessel
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Skin
Poor Animal

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ZOLA JESUS - 2012 TOUR DATES
02.21.12 Chicago Lincoln Hall with Talk Normal and Chris Connelly
02.22.12 Grinnell Grinnell College
02.23.12 Saint Louis Luminary Arts
02.24.12 Lawrence Granada
02.25.12 Denver Larimer Lounge with Talk Normal
02.27.12 Salt Lake City Urban Lounge with Talk Normal and Night Sweats
03.01.12 San Francisco Great American Music Hall with Wymond Miles and Talk Normal
03.02.12 Los Angeles Natural History Museum with EMA
03.03.12 San Diego Casbah United States with Talk Normal
03.14.12 Austin, TX Elysium
03.28.12 Copenhagen Rust Denmark
03.29.12 Malmö Babel Sweden
03.30.12 Umea Umea Open Festival Sweden
03.31.12 Stockholm Debaser Sweden
04.01.12 Helsinki Tavistia Finland
04.02.12 Riga Palladium Latvia
04.04.12 Warsaw Hydrozagadka Poland
04.07.12 Budapest A38 Hungary
04.08.12 Lubijana Kiniosikia Slovenia
04.10.12 Luzern Sudpol Switzerland
04.11.12 Strasbourg Artefact festival France
04.12.12 Rouen L106 France
04.13.12 Dijon Kill your Pop France
04.14.12 Tel Aviv Zappa Club Israel
04.21.12 San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL Noise Music Festival Mexico
05.25 - 05.28.12 George, Washington Gorge Ampitheatre

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Comments (20)

Awesome! I've been waiting for like 2 years for a Zola Jesus post! And finally here it is!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:11 PM

MEH-core

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:12 PM

As if Liturgy wasn't lame enough as it is, they dropped half their lineup and are playing with a laptop?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:18 PM

2 shitty openers and muddy sound for the headliner. Good thing pbr was only $8.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:34 PM

3:18: Nothing tr00er than a laptop, sonny.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:42 PM

the fuck is that, the fuck is this?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:46 PM

Cliturgy rulez.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:51 PM

missed Talk Normal, Liturgy and Zola Jesus were great.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:52 PM

loliturgy

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:59 PM

it must be tough to have a dr00m machine play a dr00m roll for 45 minutes. the 'blast' is a dr00m roll. lame.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 4:15 PM

lame comments. lame commentators.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 4:21 PM

Wait, is this the classically trained Zola Jesus?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 4:52 PM

blast beat

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 5:15 PM

Whoa, did she levitate onto the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:34 PM

Liturgy's drum tapes didn't work for the first ten minutes of the set, then they fixed the problem. I was skeptical but the setup was effective (and it's not like their music needs a live bassist anyway).

Posted by Mike | February 21, 2012 9:10 PM

trippy photo

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 10:03 AM

Liturgy was one of the worst acts I've ever had the horrible displeasure of seeing. Samples of garbage trucks backing up and the same guitar riff over and over. Utter crap.

Zola was awesome.

Posted by dmt9000 | February 23, 2012 2:14 PM

I enjoyed Zola's performance. PBR was $8.00? I think we were paying 5 or 6 for beers, there was even a guy walking around with them selling them. After the show, as everyone was leaving there was some kind of dance party to prodigy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:41 PM

trippy photo

Posted by Souq | March 6, 2012 10:30 AM

zola jesus rules

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 4:42 PM

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