Zola Jesus is headlining Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, April 23rd. Support acts are Naked on the Vague and Cult of Youth. Zola Jesus’ dark and haunting electronic sounds are seeping into all underground radar, and all my friends who saw her at SXSW have confirmed that it was one of their favorite shows there. Listening to her recorded songs may be more of an ambiant experience, but in her live shows she tends to jump off the stage and run around in the crowd, and that is what makes her live show most interesting. It also helps that she has had classical training and thus sang an aria or two, helping to give her voice the quality and depth you can hear in her songs. I really haven’t heard anything bad about a live show of hers. I’m torn between this show and Ducktails at Monster Island Basement the same night, so I might just have to rely on how I feel Saturday night.
Opener Cult of Youth is based in Brooklyn, and has been tabbed as a Band to Watch by Stereogum. Naked on the Vague hails from Australia, and fits in perfectly with the Zola Jesus’ sound, leaning towards darker 80s new wave influences. Below is one of their tracks, “Clock of 12′s.”
Tickets are $13 in advance, or $15 day of show. They can be purchased online, at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday day, or at the door (assuming it doesn’t sell out). Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm, show is 18+.