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Watch David Byrne, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock, & More Debut Original Color Guard Soundtracks In Toronto

David Byrne’s Contemporary Color color guard project features original compositions from artists like St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, How To Dress Well, and Ad Rock. The musicians perform live alongside the dancers, which is a really incredible concept that Byrne seems to have pulled off flawlessly. The show will be performed in both Toronto and Brooklyn,… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Karen O, Sky Ferreira, Duran Duran, And A Dozen More Artists Paid Tribute To David Lynch (And Die Antwoord Heckled The Whole Time)

Amongst the shabby, shuttered vaudeville theaters that line Broadway in Los Angeles, the Theatre at Ace Hotel burns bright. A line stretched from the theater doors all the way down the street, with fans dressed to the nines waiting to get in. The event? The Music Of David Lynch, a concert at which a galaxy… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 2, 2015 - 11:05 am

Jim James, Karen O, Wayne Coyne, Sky Ferreira, Twin Peaks To Play David Lynch Tribute Concert

On April 1st, the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles will host a celebratory concert to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation. The lineup will include: Duran Duran, Jim James, Karen O, Moby, Angelo Badalamenti, Chrysta Bell, Donovan, Julee Cruise, Kinny Landrum, Rob Mathes, Sky Ferreira, Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne, Tennis, Twi… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 10, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Zola Jesus – “Compass”

Zola Jesus is about to release “Hunger,” a song from her 2014 album Taiga, as a single, and she’s got a new song that’ll serve as the B-side. “Compass” is a big, stormy track with a galumphing rhythm track and a general sense of overwhelming euphoria. If you threw a house beat under it, it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015 - 11:16 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

Zola Jesus – “Hunger” Video

Fresh off of playing outside in the snow, Zola Jesus has shared the video for “Hunger,” a track off of her shoot-for-the-mainstream record Taiga. The video, which was directed by BANGS (aka Allie Avital Tsypin), sees Nika Roza Danilova standing in a series of statuesque poses while the camera sweeps around her. “The video for… More »

By: James Rettig / January 28, 2015 - 11:25 am

Watch Zola Jesus Sing “Nail” Outside In A Blizzard

Last night, Winter Storm Juno rolled through and paralyzed much of the northeast, even though it looks like most of you only got a few inches of snow. One of the few artists who didn’t cancel a New York show was Zola Jesus, who comes from Wisconsin and who probably laughs at New York’s idea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2015 - 9:36 am

Zola Jesus – “Go (Blank Sea) (Diplo Remix)”

You know Zola Jesus is really serious about this whole shooting-for-pop-stardom thing when she gets herself a Diplo remix. Diplo has just reworked “Go (Blank Sea),” the second single from Zola Jesus’ new Taiga album, and he’s added jittery footwork-style drums and squelchy festival-rave synths to her swooping operatics. The bassline probably quotes Ginuwine’s “Pony,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 10:48 am

Run The Jewels’ Meow The Jewels Campaign Enlists Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Baauer, & Boots

One of Run The Jewels’ many joke deluxe editions for their upcoming sophomore album is Meow The Jewels, a recreation of the new record using nothing but cat sounds. The asking price for that edition is $40,000 and last month, someone began a Kickstarter to try and raise the money. (All the money raised will… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Q&A: Zola Jesus On Going Pop And Getting Away From Civilization

There’s a building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, between 66th and 67th, called the Park Avenue Armory. Though anomalies aren’t uncommon in New York, the Armory comes off as a more extreme paradox than most — nestled near Central Park and amongst some of the most expensive real estate in the world, you’re… More »

By: Ryan Leas / September 29, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Stream Zola Jesus Taiga

On her new album Taiga, the former noise-goth queen Zola Jesus moves completely into the light, delivering an LP’s worth of music that welcomes way more than it repels. The songs on Taiga, like “Go (Blank Sea)” and the glorious first single “Dangerous Days,” still have that old epic, slow-motion incandescence to them. But the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Zola Jesus – “Go (Blank Sea)”

Zola Jesus has a new album called Taiga coming out next month, and from everything we’re hearing, it continues her move away from operatic noise-goth and toward a glossy sort of darkness. The album’s first single was the grand, triumphant “Dangerous Days.” She’s now followed it up with “Go (Blank Sea),” a glimmering, heavy piece… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days (The Juan Maclean Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Nika Danilova — better known as Zola Jesus — gave fans a massive introduction to her new album Taiga with “Dangerous Days.” That single came out at the beginning of the summer, and rather than giving us another album cut, Zola Jesus has taken the season to reconfigure the song via numerous remixes. We’ve already… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2014 - 11:35 am

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” Video

Zola Jesus returns this fall with the new album Taiga, and its first single, “Dangerous Days,” is a sweeping and beautiful piece of starry-eyed synthpop that couldn’t possibly be further from the gothic scrape-noise that Nika Roza Danilova started out making. In the new “Dangerous Days” video, we see Danilova singing by mountain lakes, o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2014 - 10:26 am

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days (Maps Remix)”

Over a month ago, we heard “Dangerous Days,” the first single from Zola Jesus’ upcoming LP Taiga. It’d be hard to top the pure anthemic grandeur of the original, but frothy synth-pop artist and Mute labelmate Maps emphasizes the brightness, shaping the song into a glistening float toward the sun. Listen to the remix below. More »

By: Peter Helman / August 11, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Is Festival EDM Dying, Or Is It Just Getting Interesting?

If you perform with a giant light-up mouse helmet on your head, chances are you understand how to grab people’s attention. Whether Twitter-feuding with Arcade Fire, describing a rival DJ/producer as “McDonald’s,” or admitting that entertainers like himself mostly just press play on stage, Joel Thomas Zimmerman has repeatedly proven to be a natural bor… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 2, 2014 - 3:42 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The challenge in compiling the 5 Best Songs Of The Week isn’t determining which songs deserve to be included and which don’t, it’s determining which deserving songs to cut and which to keep. This week presented us with a ridiculous assortment of Best Songs, so many that we could have come up with at least… More »

By: Stereogum / June 27, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”

We knew something from Zola Jesus was on the way since the artist teased us all with the trailer for her new album, Taiga, and now you can hear that album’s first single. It’s called “Dangerous Days” and it’s unsurprisingly fantastic. Check it out below and head to her website where you can download it… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 23, 2014 - 11:07 am

Watch A Trailer For Zola Jesus’ New Album Taiga

Zola Jesus has announced the follow-up to 2011’s Conatus (not counting Versions, the orchestral reworkings collection she released in 2013). It’s called Taiga, and it’s due out in October on Sacred Bones. A trailer for the album directed by Kyle Hurley contains 50 seconds of new music along with many striking images of Nika Roza… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 18, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Turntable Interview: Zola Jesus

Nika Danilova, bka Zola Jesus, proved herself to be one of the most remarkable and talented young musicians of the era with her breakthrough release The Spoils. Since then, she has been rapidly evolving and pushing not only her own boundaries, but those of her fans, too. Her most recent album, Versions, is a collectio… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 19, 2013 - 2:54 pm
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