Entries tagged with: Zola Jesus
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
EMA @ the Ace Hotel
If you weren't running around on weekdays seeing CMJ shows this year, maybe you were listening to the ones that were being broadcast live on KEXP at the Ace Hotel. Dominick went and saw at least three of them live. His pictures continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus performed at least four times in two days (KEXP & a private Converse/Fader thing were two of them), capping off her CMJ run in NYC with a show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/19) with her tour-mate Xanopticon. The early-ish show ended at 10PM and was one of two evening dates, including the pair's appearance at Knitting Factory the previous night.
Zola Jesus has moved on to Philadelphia to play a show at First Unitarian Church TONIGHT (10/20) with Psychic Teens. Stream all of Psychic Teens' new LP Teen below (and preorder it at Golden Voyage), and look for them at Union Hall on 11/17 with Hannibal Montana and Carved Up. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, that LP stream and more pictures from last night, below.
Zola Jesus at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On October 19, Zola Jesus, We Are Augustines, Portugal. The Man, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will perform during the day with "Matador, 4AD, and Rough Trade DJs" at night. On October 20, there will be performances by Widowspeak, Givers(who opens for Portugal. The Man at Webster Hall), Dum Dum Girls (who also plays Bowery Ballroom), and The Lonely Forest, and DJ sets by Acephale Records and RVNG INTL. On October 21, there will be performances by WATERS (who has other CMJ shows), EMA (who has two other CMJ shows), Atlas Sound, and one more TBA, and DJ sets by Group Tightener and Merge Records. You can just show up and watch, or else tune into KEXP to listen on those days.
Full CMJ KEXP schedule below...
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Electro-goth queen Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) recently announced the release of her upcoming full length Conatus. The album will be her first full length since developing her raw goth rock into brooding synth-driven pop. Grab the lead track "Vessel" HERE. Conatus drops October 4 via Sacred Bones.
Zola Jesus will head out on a fall tour in support of the album which kicks off two days after its release in Portland, OR. The tour continues across the US and Canada through November and includes two NYC shows. Those shows happen on October 18 at Knitting Factory and October 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are not on sale yet but check Ticketfly for the KF show
and LPR's site for their show. LPR tickets now on sale HERE. Xanopticon is opening.
All dates below...
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
M83 at Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"It's a double album," Gonzalez tells SPIN, adding that it will have a conceptual element. "It's mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm really proud of it. If you're doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I've done that with this one. Overall, it's pop -- and very epic. Anyone who loved M83 before, they'll love this album even more. People that hated me, they're going to hate this, too."M83 plans to release the ambitious double album this October. A teaser video called "Echoes..." for the album was uploaded onto his website recently. Check that out below.
Sonically, Gonzalez says he's splitting the difference between the slick, synth-pop of Saturdays and the more ambient work of Before the Dawn. Short interludes will be interspersed among longer tracks, and Gonzalez is testing out new instruments like acoustic guitar. He hasn't quite nailed down song or album titles yet -- Gonzalez just wrapped up mixing the album two weeks ago -- but he does reveal that guests will include Zola Jesus and Brad Laner from Medicine, the cult noise-pop band who were once signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings in the '90s. Beck and Nine Inch Nails' bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen is also contributing.
"The track that Brad sings on is just gorgeous -- he did incredible work on that," says Gonzalez. "And Zola's track is very orchestral and very big. It's almost like a duet." [Spin]
M83 will go on a North American fall tour in October and November in support of the new album. The tour kicks off on October 15 in Mexico, includes Moogfest and ends in NYC on November 22 at Webster Hall. Ticket presale is available on M83's site now. Check ticketmaster for updates on general sale.
M83 album guest Zola Jesus has her own new album on the way too.
All tour dates and album teaser video below...
A couple days ago, Zola Jesus started a countdown clock on her website indicating news was the on the way. Well, say hello to the follow-up to the breakthrough Stridulum and Valusia EPs. Conatus, Zola Jesus's new LP is due on October 4th via Sacred Bones. Check out the lead single "Vessel" available for download above and streaming below. Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) will mostly play dates in Europe this summer, with a few notable stops in the US for Pitchfork and in LA in late August. Full tour schedule is below.
Meanwhile, Sacred Bones affiliates Cult of Youth hit the road on July 12th with a show at Knitting Factory supporting Cold Cave (tickets), linking up with Austra and Iceage for dates along the way. Full tour schedule is below. If you make it out to the shows, swing by the merch table to pick up a copy of COY's new The Devil's Coals 7" featuring the title track and a cover of Martial Canterel's "Sidestreets" on the flip. Cult of Youth also have a new LP, and you can check out a new track "Lace Up Your Boots" available for download above/streaming below.
Iceage recently played Public Assembly with Prurient and a sweaty 285 Kent with Fucked Up and Jeff The Brotherhood. They'll be back in August to play Cake Shop on 8/20 and Secret Project Robot on 8/21 to polish off the remainder of their US Tour.
All tour dates and that Zola Jesus song stream is below.
by Bill Pearis
Naked on the Vague
It's spring, it's Passover/Easter, flowers are blooming...let's talk goth. Sydney, Australia's Naked on the Vague are here this weekend for two shows: tonight (4/22) at Coco66 with Sacred Bones labelmates Trust and Silk Flowers, and then Saturday (4/23) at Bowery, kicking off their tour with Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth.
Naked on the Vague's new platter, Twelve Dark Noons, which is also the name of a new film that made its U.S. debut last night (yes I'm a little behind) at 92 Y Tribeca, and the band played an "experimental music" set beforehand. Tonight's show is a little more normal for the band -- it's the record release party -- though may not be normal to you depending on what you listen to.
Core duo Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins have recently expanded the band to a four-piece, making for a fuller-sounding dark and doomy racket. Hopkins describes the new album as "Dracula fronting the B-52s." I'm not sure that's how I;d describe it, but this is certainly a more accessible record than last year's Heaps of Nothing which came out on Siltbreeze. If you like the '80s goth touchstones, you'll be into this. Check out "Clock of 12's" at the top of this post and the video is below.
Opening tonight are Toronto duo Trust who played earlier in the week at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. You may recognize Maya Postepski if you've seen Austra play live (she's their drummer). Along with singer Robert Alfons the duo "combine dark synth arpeggios, live and programmed drum beats with haunting, effected vocals." Hear all those things in Trust's debut single, "Candy Walls," which is downloadable above. (And watch the well-photographed, vaguely creepy video below.) Similarities to Postepski's other group are evident, which is to say if you like Austra but wish the songs were sung by a guy who kind of sounds like the Crash Test Dummies dude...Trust is pretty close to that. And not a bad thing. Locals Silk Flowers open tonight's show.
the Fresh & Onlys
Keeping thing within the Sacred Bones realm, San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys are here tomorrow (4/23) at Music Hall of Williamsburg as they're on tour with Crocodiles. The band have been on a prolific tear for the last two years but have kind of slacked off in 2011. It's April and they've only just released their first record on the year. But it's a good one, Secret Walls (on aforementioned label), continues the band's differentiation from the SF garage scene they were lumped in with. There's not one rocker amongst its six tracks. Which is not a bad thing at all. Tim Cohen's songwriting just keeps getting better and the EP's expansive sound here is a great showcase for the superior musicianship found in all corners of the band. Lovely stuff.
Shifting gears, tonight at Pianos are Karkwa from Montreal who you might remember won the Polaris Music Prize in 2010 for Les Chemins de Verres, the first-ever Francophone album to receive the award. Yes, that means they sing in French though that really shouldn't stop you from digging them. I've described them before as the French-Canadian Radiohead, which is reductive but gets you there. So if you can listen to Sigur Ros and not worry about what they're saying, you can do the same for Karkwa. Check out their video for single "Le Pyromane" at the bottom of this post. They play giant rooms in Canada so to be in a room as tiny as Pianos should be interesting.
As previously mentioned, former Swell Maps and Television Personalities guy Jowe Head is here, playing tonight at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (5/23) at Cake Shop. Tomorrow's show is especially enticing, as it's the NYC debut of Cuffs which is the new band from Andrew Churchman who fronted much-loved Boston band Pants Yell! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.) Cuffs also has Pants Yell! drummer Casey Keenan, as well as "a member of Reports and the blonde kid from Big Troubles."
Cuffs are working on some real recordings as we speak but you can listen to some demos at their Bandcamp site, one of which you can download at the top of this post. For those familiar with Churchman's previous band, you already mostly know what to expect here. He's still writing delicate indiepop, though Cuffs have a little more groove. I remember him saying at Popfest (PY!'s last NYC show) that the new stuff would be more Prefab Sprout influenced and you can hear that lonely jazzy sound in "Albert Kroft."
Pants Yell! were always a louder, more rocking band live than on record, and I bet the same holds true for Cuffs. There also seems to be a little jammy-ness with them too (maybe the Big Troubles factor), so I'm really curious/excited for tomorrow's show.
That's the main stuff this weekend, but there are a few more day-by-day picks below.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Personal & the Pizzas, who played last night at Maxwell's, are at Cake Shop tonight laying on the cheese with Georgia's Barreracudas and Los Vigilantes. Personal & the Pizzas and the Barreracudas also play Bruar Falls on Sunday (4/24).
The Bass Drum of Death show tonight mentioned up the post is also with So So Glos, Xray Eyeballs, and Night Manager.
If you like The Drums, check out The Young Friends (who are signed to the Drums' Holiday Records) at The Gutter with Beacon and Kosovo.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
It's a hard-to-pass-up bill at Glasslands tonight, with Hunx & His Punks, Shannon & the Clams (who played Cake Shop already this week), the wonderful Grass Widow and the K-Holes. Catch Grass Widow again on Sunday (3/24) at Death by Audio with Talk Normal.
And if you want to see that show, chances are you wish you could see Davilla 666 (who played Cake Shop earlier this week too), The Beets and Xray Eyeballs at Knitting Factory.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Personal & the Pizzas play Bruar Falls.
That's it for this week. Tour dates and videos are below...
Zola Jesus wows 'em at A BV day party (more by Tim Griffin)
Zola Jesus is hitting the road for a North American tour with Cult of Youth and then Naked On The Vague. The tour hitsBowery Ballroom in NYC on April 23rd with both supporting bands. Tickets for that show are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale at noon on 1/21.
Cult of Youth are currently streaming a new song, "New West", at their myspace. The track comes from the band's self-titled LP due via Sacred Bones on Feb 22nd. Oh and, Cult of Youth are scheduled to play Don Hills TONIGHT (1/19) with Heavenly Blows & TV Baby (mems of A.R.E. Weapons, who played Lit Lounge on Monday), one of three other NYC dates scheduled for COY outside of their Bowery Ballroom appearance. Also look for CoY at Secret Project Robot on Feb 25th with Mueran Humans & Blood Rhythm and on March 9th at Home Sweet Home. Full tour schedule is below.
Naked On The Vague released their last offering, Heaps of Nothing, last year via Slitbreeze. Outside of said dates with ZJ, they'll be prepping for the release of their new 12"/CDEP Twelve Dark Noons due via Zola'a label Sacred Bones on 3/29.
All tour dates and some videos below...
Matthew Dear @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As mentioned, Pitchfork will be hosting three days of shows at Brooklyn Bowl during, but-it-looks-like/probably completely unaffiliated with, CMJ this year (Thursday/Friday/Saturday CMJ week). "Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th and N. 12th streets. The festival starts at 2 p.m. each day, with doors opening at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, both in advance and day of the show." They're calling it the #OFFLINE Festival.
Based on the lineups and start time, it looks like each #OFFLINE day will be about a 12 hour show. No set times yet though, but the full lineups and ticket links are below...
Matthew Dear is one of the biggest names on the list (he plays Saturday), and it will be one of three CMJ week shows for Matthew. His first is Friday night at Webster Hall with Jamaica and Dominique Young Unique. His third is later on Saturday at Public Assembly for the FIXED/Making Time Party with Matthew Dear, Crocodiles, Holy Ghost!, Javelin, Gold Panda, Jamaica, and Kisses.
The FIXED/Making Time party starts after the BrooklynVegan party which is also happening at Public Assembly that same day. Just to be clear:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD
* BrooklynVegan @ Public Assembly 12-6pm (free - more details TBA)
* FIXED/Making Time @ Public Assembly 9pm-late (tickets)
* Pitchfork @ Brooklyn Bowl 2pm-late (tickets)
* BrooklynVegan metal @ Union Pool 7pm-late ($5.00 or CMJ badge at the door)
We (BrooklynVegan) will also be at Public Assembly all day on Friday, October 22nd (details TBA), and at Music Hall of Williamsburg on the Thursday night.
All Matthew Dear tour dates (many of which we previously posted including a November show at MHoW), and the Pitchfork #OFFLINE Fest info, below...
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Day three/Friday of Pop Montreal (check out days one and two) was colder and, thankfully, dryer than Thursday. But a canceled day party at the Notman House and some overlap at the other day party at Divan Orange made for a quiet afternoon.
The night started in earnest at Place des Arts to catch Zola Jesus. It was a really spacious concert hall and Nika Roza Danilova paced from one side of the stage to the other, dramatically swaying back and forth. She owned the stage and her backing band sounded good in a space where it would seem easy for the sound to get lost.
Then a walk along Rue Ste-Catherine back to the National to catch Baby Dee and Swans. Baby Dee's Baroque pop consisted of her on harp and an accompanying violinist and cellist. Between hushed songs and awkward "hee, hees" at the audience applause, Baby Dee led the audience in some purposeful artist bashing. She mentioned how you never hear crowds show their out and out dislike for someone's music. So, the entire crowd was led in a chant of "You stink and your music stinks." It was reprised at the end of the set as well. "Just don't do that with (Swans') Michael Gira," she warned the crowd. "You need to do that to someone with lower self-esteem."
For Swans, ten minutes of loud, deep strings on tape gave way to each musician taking the stage, first Shearwater's Thor Harris on percussion and finally the rest of the band and lastly, Gira. He stood stoically and surveyed the crowd and as the noise began to swell he donned his guitar and rocked back and forth before the band broke into blaring instrumental, face-melting, rock mode. Even with earplugs it was deafening. It was mesmerizing and devastating and sounded great in such a cozy, old theater like the National. "Holy shit, I still can't hear!" said one kid as he bounded out of the venue before the set was over. He was certainly not alone and any questions about the reboot of the band were settled.
From there it was up Boul. St-Laurent to the packed, hot and sweaty Barfly to catch Montreal's No Joy. I arrived early to find Toronto's Little Girls rocking away. Their set of self-described minimalist post-punk culminated with lead singer Josh McIntyre knocking his keyboard onto the ground and then standing on it as his bandmates thrashed around him. Shoegazy with indecipherable lyrics that bled into hazy guitars and bass, No Joy was a solid set though one gets the feeling that dark, sweaty clubs is where these songs sound best. The same would go for Little Girls.
More pictures from the whole day below...
Though we discussed Xiu Xiu's previously announced show at LPR with Merzbow, Ecstatic Sunshine, and Gentle on 9/26 (get your tix), we didn't know at the time that the show was part of a large, scratch that, huge tour that would lead Xiu Xiu into the end of November. Those new dates will impact Maxwell's in Hoboken on 10/15. Tickets are on sale (no opener listed).
Deerhoof and Father Murphy will open a portion of the North American dates though not in NYC where Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof played (Joy Division) together a couple months ago. Zola Jesus (who will play a sold-out United Palace show with The xx on 10/2) has been tapped to support on the European leg of that tour, and bring along Former Ghosts for the ride:
Former ghosts is the project of los angeles based electronic music composer/producer freddy ruppert. The project also includes collaborations from a handful of individuals including jamie stewart of xiu xiu, nika roza of zola jesus, yasmine kittles of tearistFormer Ghosts is prepping a new LP, New Love, for release via Upset the Rhythm on 11/9/10 (it was just recently pushed back over a month). Grab one of the tracks, Zola Jesus included, above. Full tracklist below.
I don't think it's far-fetched to expect some cross-pollination between the bands on those European dates which are listed, along with some videos and stuff, below...
Stereogum listed the "40 Best New Bands of 2010". They have a lot more detail, but you can also check out their list, alphabetically, below...
Fucked Up @ Newtown Barge Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fucked Up, who are putting out their next Chinese Zodiac 12-inch on September 27th, will be playing short US tour following their ATP NY set on September 5th. That includes a Wednesday, September 8th show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are on sale. The new extended single, "Year of the Ox," features contributions by Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus and string quartet New Strings Old Puppets, and a b-side that is apparently Twilight inspired, "Solomon's Song." "Ox" is streaming at Pitchfork.
Joining Fucked Up on their short September tour (including the Maxwell's show) will be Cleveland's Cloud Nothings.
FU are in Europe this August, and head back in October for tour dates with Against Me!. All dates are below...
Spencer & Dan
Zola Jesus' rise over the last year has been rather meteoric, and judging from her live performance, it isn't hard to see why the young artist has been the subject of so much hype. Even her name - Nika Roza Danilova - is commanding. Nika possesses (and I mean possesses) a rich, husky voice that boomed through the amps and powerfully resonated throughout the large space at Terminal 5.
Then there's her distinct aesthetic. Nika, now a platinum blonde, has a knack for theatrics. For Tuesday night's show, she wore a black cloak of sorts, complete with a large hood that effectively transformed her into a spectre when she pulled it on. At the beginning of her set, she paced slowly back and forth across the length of the stage, but with each song, her movements became more desperate and her hand motions, more exaggerated until the only thing left to do was to strike a dramatic pose.
The National's Matt Berninger sips chilled white wine and rushes the crowd during the more raucous songs. Nika Roza Danilova climbs on top of things and dramatically serenades the audience from on high. It seems to be her trademark. At last night's show, she perched atop an amp while singing the moody ballad, "Night."
Zola Jesus' music is a strange combination of subdued and melodramatic as if it can't quite decide what it wants to be, but maybe the point of interest lies in this stark contrast.
If Zola Jesus has been inescapable in the blogosphere lately, Moools has been sorely underrepresented despite their connection to K Records and artists like Modest Mouse and Deerhoof. When the band's three slightly-older men walked on stage, they were treated somewhat skeptically by the audience, but with their live instruments, jovial (attempts at) banter, and heavier sound, the Japanese trio definitely altered the mood of the room and quickly captivated the audience. There are no gimmicks or bells and whistles here - just straight-up rock. Instead of being the focal point, Moools' vocals are used more for ornamentation and to offset the quieter portions of the music.
While Zola Jesus didn't break character once to address the audience between songs or even to crack a smile, Moools clearly seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage, and it reflected in their music. Their guitar player was shaking with energy - as if his mass of wild, curly hair provided him with an otherworldly power source. Not even an impromptu fire alarm during their last song could hold them back. They soldiered on, through the high-pitched whistle and the blinking white lights.
Last year, Wolf Parade's two chief members, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, each released albums with their side projects (Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs, respectively), but 2010 seems to be the year of the wolf. Their new album Expo 86 is arguably the most cohesive Wolf Parade album to date.
Wolf Parade are definitely pros at this point. They know how to put on a good show and how to engage the audience by keeping the banter to a minimum and letting the music speak for itself. When Boeckner or Krug spoke up at all, it was mostly to reiterate how thankful they were to be playing in NY. "A lot of bands say that playing in New York is something of a drag, but we've always had a blast playing here," said Krug.
Instead of relying on either their vocals or instrumentation, Wolf Parade excels at both. Krug and Boeckner keep things fresh by tag-teaming the vocal responsibility, and each of the four members adds a distinct flavor to the mix. It's normal for guitar solos to rock, but Wolf Parade also boasts some sick synth solos, as evidenced in the very first notes of their opening number, "Soldier's Grin."
Though the majority of their set consisted of songs from their new album, they also threw in a handful of older tunes, including, "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts," "I'll Believe in Anything," and "Shine a Light." The energy may have swelled when they reach further back into their repertoire, but in general the crowd responded enthusiastically to old and new material alike. It was the new song "Cave-o-sapien" that initiated the crowd surfing - not something from Apologies to the Queen Mary.
Wolf Parade concluded their set with an impressive three-song encore that featured a song from each of their three albums. As if testing the patience of the Terminal 5 staff, they concluded with "Kissing the Beehive," a song so epic in scope that it's like a three-for-one deal.
As a testament to how hard the Montreal four-piece rocked, by the end of the night, band members and fans alike were dripping in sweat - despite the fact that the A/C was blasting. Terminal 5 may not be known for their sound system, but Wolf Parade somehow managed to conquer the challenges posed by such a large venue and came out shining.
Wolf Parade continue on tour, and can be found at the Pitchfork Festival this coming weekend. Their T5 setlist, more pictures and some videos, below...
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Datus @ Pianos
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Zola Jesus @ Other Music
* Jim Campilongo @ the Living Room
* grids, white suns, pollution @ Death by Audio
* Sir Richard Bishop @ Zebulon
* Natalie Merchant @ The Wellmont Theater
* Femi Kuti and the Positive Force @ Damrosch Park
* Iron Maiden, Dream Theater @ Madison Square Garden
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Rich Bennett, Dan Shuman @ Union Hall
* Follower, Light Asylum, Asa Ransom, These Are Powers @ The Cameo
* David Karsten Daniels, Fight the Big Bull, The Lisps @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, The Ohio Players @ Wingate Field
* Blind Boys of Alabama w/ Yo La Tengo, Jim James, Lambchop, more @ Lincoln Center
* Les Bicyclettes Blanches, MINKS, Blissed Out, The Beach Arabs @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Half-sun Manhattanhenge tonight.
The lineup at Whiplash tonight includes Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing), & Katie Crown (Comedy Central).
The Blow played Joe's Pub on Friday.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Bear in Heaven for free at the seaport. Amazing." - Alyssa Lewis
Bear Heaven @ the Seaport
After missing their chance to play South Street Seaport last week, but with plans to be back in NYC to play Cake Shop and Monster Island this week anyway, YellowFever made a surprise appearance as the openers of the South Street Seaport show this week (last night, Friday, July 9th). Two days earlier, the Austin band released this statement...
"After enjoying the fine facilities at the Harris County Jail, bologna sandwiches, cute orange outfits, new friends, and *very* public restrooms, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our tour tonight in New York! We intended to kick off our tour by flying to NY to play the Seaport show, and returning to Texas to drive our hippy camp-wagon through the glorious South over the 4th of July weekend, but were rudely interrupted by the TSA who decided to cart me off to jail for forgetting a kitchen knife in my backpack and accidentally carrying it through airport security. Anyway, after our brief meeting with The Man in court Tuesday morning we drove straight to New York." - Jennifer Moore, YellowFeverNote Jennifer's cute orange outfit in the pictures below.
YellowFever were followed by Zola Jesus who was followed by the biggest hit of the night, Brooklyn's own Bear in Heaven. More pictures from the free Seaport Music Series show (part of the River to River series), below...
Interpol, who just announced a summer tour that didn't include a NYC show, will play NYC's United Palace Theatre on Friday, November 5th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Monday, June 28th at 11am. General sale starts Thursday, July 1st at 10am.
That show is a proper hometown show for the band that'll be debuting their new lineup at the semi-closed Creators show on June 26th. Other shows for the quintet include a string of dates in the North America this summer (with a few in New Jersey) and two tours in Europe (one with U2) going into December.
Speaking of the United Palace (and bands with monochromatic wardrobes) - the venue is hosting the xx on October 2rd. That show is part of a tour that'll pair the band with spacey rock group Warpaint and the gothy, operatic Zola Jesus (who just played Glasslands and will be in NY this July). Tickets are still on sale. Right around the time of the show, Zola Jesus will also be dropping a new EP on Sacred Bones (October 12th to be exact). Her tour dates (which include a whole run with the xx and Warpaint) are below...
photos by Lori Baily
"Equally enamored of darkly seductive vocalists like P.J. Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux and caustic, lo-fi production, Nika Roza Danilova stands alone on the modern musical landscape as Zola Jesus. Her records are both melodic and experimental as the classically trained former opera singer attempts to reconcile her disparate--and in some ways, opposing--influences: her affinity for '80s niche genres like power electronics and minimal synth, as well as mainstream pop singles. Danilova not only stumbles onto some bizarre points of intersection but manages a unique coherence on her debut LP, The Spoils, and recently released EP, Stridulum. Hard as it might be to believe given such artistic maturity, Danilova is still a 21-year-old student enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." [Minneapolis City Pages]Sacred Bones Records brought Amen Dunes, Nice Face, Effi Briest and their current star, Zola Jesus, to Glasslands in Brooklyn on Saturday night (June 19th). Zola Jesus had just been in Toronto and will be back in NYC in July. More pictures from the Glasslands show below...
Damian Abraham & child @ NXNE - 6/17/2010
After working all day in a hotel room on Thursday, I headed out into for my first-ever taste of both NXNE and Toronto music clubs. I've been to the city once before, but that was a very long time ago.
Things were kicking off at 6pm on the outdoor stage set up at Young Dundas Square. Locals will tell you that its Toronto's Times Square, but after being there I'd say its more like Union Square (in shape and size anyway). That said, I don't know what it normally looks like there, but for NXNE they turned the whole paved center of the square into a festival site complete with sponsored booths (free sample of flavored water anyone? Would you like to learn more about Sirius XM radio?) and a huge stage that anyone is free to check out (Iggy Pop plays there on Saturday).
Entry to any other NXNE venue will cost you. A festival badge, which you could purchase in Young Dudas Square, costs $50 and gets you into everything capacity permitting (though we never had a problem once). It's like CMJ and SXSW - there are NXNE shows in all the Toronto clubs.
We got to Young Dudas in time for Free Energy's set, and for the speeches that came before them. The first was by the man himself, Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham from Fucked Up, aka the mayor of Toronto (he was the first of three Fucked Up members I spotted over the course of the evening). He, and a lady friend whose name I didn't catch, introduced the band and Michael Chan, the Minister of Tourism & Culture, who gave a nice little speech before the bands began.
More pictures and commentary below...
words by Andrew Frisicano
Zola Jesus @ Sneaky Dee's - June 17, 2010
Zola Jesus (singer Nika Roza Danilova & band) played an early evening set at Toronto's Sneaky Dee's on Thursday as part of NXNE. For some she was the first act of the festival (the official opening was only an hour before), and a moody introduction at that, with the setting sun flickering through the windows next to the stage. Accompanied by regular band member Alex DeGroot on synth and sampler, and guests Katie Stelmanis (keys) and Maya Postepski (drums), Zola, who occasionally walked into the audience, sang expressively over dark synths and heavy, throbbing percussion. She closed her 30+ minute set with one of her best, "Night" (video below). HEALTH and tour-mates played the same 2nd floor venue right afterward.
Zola plays again at NXNE on Friday (tonight), and has a bunch of New York City shows coming up, including Glasslands on Saturday, June 19th with Effi Briest, Nice Face and Amen Dunes. Tickets are still on sale. After that she joins Bear in Heaven at their free July 9th South Street Seaport show, and then tackles the halls of Terminal 5 at a July 13th show opening for Wolf Parade.
More NXNE pictures, her video for "Night" and all tour dates are below...
Tickets are on sale for the show Zola Jesus is playing with Effi Briest, Nice Face, Amen Dunes, and who also has shows coming up at South Street Seaport and Terminal 5 (with Wolf Parade). Check out her brand new video for "Night", off her EP Stridulum, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Zola Jesus @ Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Lori Baily)
Zola Jesus, singer Nika Roza Danilova who's been likened to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie and Karin Andersson (check out for yourself above), has a few notable shows coming up this June and July. First, she's on the bill for NXNE in Toronto June 14th-20th.
After that, she comes to NYC for a show on June 19th at Glasslands.
Then later im the summer, Zola Jesus plays with Bear in Heaven at their free South Street Seaport show on July 9th. Bear in Heaven also play Terminal 5 with Metric on May 16th, and have a ton of tour dates (including some with Twin Sister), which are posted below.
Further, you can catch Zola Jesus supporting Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 on July 13th (and on a couple of their dates on the West Coast). Tickets are still on sale. That's around the same time Wolf Parade's new record, Expo 86, comes out on Sub Pop. The cover is below.
All tour dates for Zola Jesus and Bear in Heaven below...