Zola Jesus

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Photograph: Jeff Elstone
Zola Jesus
The brand of synth-pop that opera-trained vocalist and songwriter Nika Roza Danilova makes as Zola Jesus is as monumental as it is ethereal. She’s stated before that she wants to be No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and anyone who catches her cosmic set live might agree that the goal isn't totally out of reach. Here, Danilova's touting a sparkling new album, Taiga, her fifth full-length and first for the Mute label. Singer-songwriter and former Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian, whose solo work we dig, opens tonight, while menacing noise-meets-postpunk duo UNIFORM sets the stage Jan 26.
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