Zola Jesus Ascends the (Paper) Mountaintop

The Bunkhouse Saloon, Feb. 7

Photo by Amit Dadlaney

Photo by Amit Dadlaney

The Bunkhouse’s compact stage was not enough for Nika Roza Danilova, a.k.a. Zola Jesus. The avant-garde songstress walked through the sparse crowd and sang and danced on the bar during the climax of her hourlong set. And she did it all in heels. “I’m getting a foot massage right after this,” she said. Danilova and her three accompanying musicians performed the majority of her latest effort, Taiga, and they delivered—giving moody electronic songs such as “Dangerous Days” and “Go (Blank Sea)” a new live energy. Danilova brought it back to her lo-fi days, giving the same energy to deep cuts “Vessel” and “In Your Nature.” Danilova’s performance was all theatrics as she grabbed a rail, whipped her hair and convulsed in front of a lit paper mountain. But the ominous glow of the set prop wasn’t as bright as the promise the 25-year-old showed in her performance that night. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Amit Dadlaney

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