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Gig Alerts: Zola Jesus

Friday, February 19, 2010

Zola Jesus
"Clay Bodies"
Playing SATURDAY at: Cake Shop
(152 Ludlow St., L.E.S.)
Get: Tickets ($8 at door) | Directions

Nika Roza Danilova, a.k.a. Zola Jesus, caught the attention of bloggers last year with her singular mix of lo-fi noise and operatic howl. It may seem like a strange mix, but the sound perfectly suits the rural Wisconsin native, who grew up taking opera lessons, reading Nietzsche and listening to avant-gardists the Residents. On "Clay Bodies," Danilova treats her muffled experimentalism with '60s girl group sensibility, belting out a vintage pop-tinged wail over muted piano and steady percussion. The result is a tune that captures what the Ronettes would sound like if they dug post-punk.

Download Zola Jesus' The Spoils at Other Music


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