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pics: Burial Hex, NIKA (Zola Jesus) & Bloodyminded @ The International Museum of Surgical Science

Chicago venue Empty Bottle presented an intimate, unique night of trance and noise at International Museum of Surgical Science, featuring Burial Hex, NIKA (aka Zola Jesus) and Bloodyminded. Held in the museum’s Hall of Immortals, an open room with statues lining the three of the four walls, the performances were definitely in tune with the macabre location.

Burial Hex and Zola Jesus go way back, having released a split LP back in 2008, though here they both brought different energies. Burial Hex was intense, dark, post-industrial noise, while Zola Jesus’ NIKA was more of a performance piece (she referred to it as a “ritual”), with the lights as low as possible. Bloodyminded, meanwhile, opened the night with their atmospheric take on dissonance. Check out pics from the whole night in the gallery above.

photos by James Richards IV

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