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‘Taiga’ Burning Bright

With her latest album, MidPoint Music Festival performer Zola Jesus confidently expands on her unique voice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) grew up in rural Wisconsin as a precocious child known for her interest in all things opera and the otherworldly.   
by Mike Breen 05.05.2015

MidPoint Music Festival Announces First Acts for 2015 Event

Purity Ring, Ride, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso and more slated to appear at late September music festival

Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival (owned and operated by CityBeat) recently announced that tickets for the late September festival were on sale, as well as a new date format (instead of Thursday-Saturday, 2015’s MPMF will take place Friday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Sept. 27). Now the first artists slated to appear at MPMF have been unveiled.  The first batch of MidPoint 2015 acts includes pioneering British Shoegaze band Ride, Canadian Electro Pop duo Purity Ring, Indie/Electronic up-and-comers Sylvan Esso, experimental artist tUnE-yArDs (aka Merrill Garbus) and diverse Indiana songwriter Strand of Oaks. The rest of the initial lineup announcement features Zola Jesus, Cathedrals, Matthew E. White, Pokey LaFarge, Moon Duo, Betty Who, K.Flay, Beach Slang, Sarah Jaffe, Ryley Walker and Truly. More artists (as well as specific schedule and venue info) will be announced in the coming weeks as the Over-the-Rhine/Downtown festival approaches. For the latest updates, tickets (a limited amount of early bird passes are still available) and more info, visit mpmf.com. Artists interested in showcase consideration can still apply through mpmf.com through May 17. Here's a sampling of some music clips from this round of MPMFers:
by Jac Kern 02.20.2012
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Your Monday To Do List

Having a case of the Mondays is usually a bad thing/really annoying phrase, but not when there's actually fun stuff happening! Forget what your calendar says; tonight is full of weekend-worthy events.Experimental Electro-Pop musician Zola Jesus performs tonight at the Contemporary Arts Center. This one-woman noise machine is known for commanding a room, despite her tiny stature. The unique architectural aspects of the venue should be a perfect match to Jesus' (real name: Nika Roza Danilova) individual sound and performance style. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show, with Talk Normal as the opening act. $10 for CAC members, $15 for everyone else at the door. Read Leyla Shokoohe's interview with Jesus here.Afterwards, stop by Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern for their Monday night vinyl club. Record-collectors and music lovers alike can bring their favorite albums to play, or have resident DJs J.Zang, DJ Mowgli and DJ Dirty C play them for you. Go here for more information, including a list of popular music genres and guidelines. Enjoy a wide variety of vinyl tunes alongside a couple beers. It's only 4 days 'til Friday, right?There's also a fair amount of live music tonight. Bluegrass-"citybilly" hybrid Oakhust plays Stanley's Pub at 9 p.m.; Sparrow Bellows continues its residency at MOTR Pub, playing at 10 p.m.; Monday = Mad Frog for many as Tropicoso presents its weekly Salsa night at the Clifton Heights club. For more news about live shows and concerts, CD releases and daily music history notes, follow our music blog.Saving your partying for tomorrow (Mardi Gras)? Stay home and tune into PBS for the first half of a two-part series on former president Bill Clinton. Check out more television tidbits here.
by Mike Breen 02.20.2012
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Music Tonight: Zola Jesus at the CAC

Acclaimed electronic artist specially requested performance at noted downtown museum

The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a performance tonight by enigmatic, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician Zola Jesus. The stage name of Nika Roza Danilova, Jesus has become a prime force on musical tip sheets as an artist to watch. Her uniquely atmospheric, electronic-based compositions are adventurous and evocative dreamscapes that have deep, philosophical underpinnings and often a dark hue, something that has led to her being pegged as "Goth." Danilova told CityBeat's Leyla Shokoohe she believes that pigeonhole is just a gut response to any music dealing with "darkness"; she views her music's emotional tone as merely a reflection of the natural spectrum of her emotions, "not a choice of style." Still, it's hard to not hear the influence of acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins in her work (as well as other pioneering synth-based Pop). Just don't expect the CAC to be Goth central in Cincinnati tonight; Jesus has fans of all stripes.Danilova said she specifically requested to play the CAC on her current tour. "I emailed my booking agent, and I was like, ‘I really want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’ because I love architecture and it’s the only building in America designed by my favorite architect (Zaha Hadid),” Jesus told CityBeat. “I just have heard it’s great and I’m really excited. When I’m in a building that feels like (it) aligns with everything I feel inside, it just makes things so much more utopian in a way. I just think that architecture reflects the personality and character of the world.”Those kind of philosophical insights run throughout the interview. Check it out here. Tonight's performance (with her backing band and visually stimulating stage design) starts at 8 p.m. with an opening set by Noise Pop duo Talk Normal. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $15. Click here for details on the performance and check out the official Zola Jesus video for "Vessel" off of her latest album, Conatus.

Finding Jesus

Experimental singer/songwriter Zola Jesus comes to town for a special performance at the CAC

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Zola Jesus likes to have a lot of space. Born Nika Danilova in Wisconsin, Jesus recounts a childhood spent running around her slice of the Midwest with ample amounts of freedom and independence. She credits this freewheeling upbringing with helping her find out who she was at a very young age.