Julia Holter + Nedelle Torrisi

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Photograph: Rick Bahto
Julia Holter
Julia Holter, an unpigeonhole-able artist who combines the avant-gardism of a cutting-edge composer with the emotional resonance of a great singer-songwriter, headlines in support of Loud City Song. We swooned over Holter's 2012 album, Ekstasis, but this one—inspired by the 1944 French novella Gigi—might be even better: It's a lush, soundtracky experience, alternately whimsical and spooky.