Three years ago, Zola Jesus came to Osheaga and I was dying to see her. However, due to the fact that it was raining heavily, the show got shut down after the first song; safety comes first. Ever since, I remained curious to see her live and Blue Skies Turn Black finally made it happen at Centre Phi last Friday night.

The opening band was quite a discovery by itself. The Deradoorian sisters are talented multi-instrumental artists. A mix of beatboxing, heavy drums, synthesizers and seductive voices, leading you into a trippy journey. When they announced their last song, fans would have had them stay a little longer.

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This was the perfect intro to the whole Zola Jesus, a psychological experience. The Gothic Godess reminded me of Dead Can Dance and iamamiwhoami — a mix of baroque pop, dark wave, electronica and experimental rock. Going back and forward between mellow tunes to serious headbanging sessions while the drummer brought the house down. She was running all across the stage if she wasn’t immersed into her trance or gracefully delivering a memorable performance. At some point the whole venue went quiet when she started singing without the microphone and a little after that, she took a stroll trough the crowd. She also told us about her love for Montreal and mostly of her love for our bagels a.k.a. the best bagels. Pfff…take that, NYC! If you want to hear some of her latest work, her 5th album Taiga is out now.

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It’s been a while but let’s get to it: here are some shows this week!


Les Breastfeeders + Vulgar, You! + Loose Pistons @ l’Escogriffe

This one’s a benefit for a friend of the bands and promoters who lost everything in a fire recently. Even if you don’t know the guy (I don’t), this will be a killer show because all of the shows that Analogue Addiction promote are sweaty, noisy and super fun.

Doors open at 9 p.m., $8 at the door.


Bad Nylon + Jonathan @ TRH Bar

Check out the buttery-smooth stylings of local “post-hypersexualization” rap group Bad Nylon.

Doors open at 9 p.m., PWYC.

Zola Jesus + Deradoorian @ Phi Centre

Stark, cold and a little melancholy, Zola Jesus’ latest Taiga is the singer-songwriter’s foray into more pop territory without losing the clean electronic edge.

Doors open at 8 p.m., $21.25 at the door or online via Phi Centre.


Téléphone Maison + Hellenica + Personal Suave + Philippe Vandal + Montagne Glacier @ La Passe

Local music label Jeunesse Cosmique is one of the most unique in the city and their showcases are out of this world. Do yourself a real favour and chill the fuck out.

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($8 suggested).