Dirty Projectors

Zola Jesus @ Black Cat - 1/29/15

Zola Jesus @ Black Cat - 1/29/15

On Thursday night Zola Jesus came to the Black Cat on her second Washington, DC stop in support of her 2014 album Taiga. In a set that largely mirrored her performance at the Hirshhorn Museum last October (eleven of the fourteen songs on the set list were the same, drawn primarily from the recent album), she alternated between torch singer-like crooning and wildly thrashing about the stage as if in convulsions. Her band was a bit more stripped down this time, with a single trombone replacing the horn section of the previous show, yet had no problem recreating the intensity of the album.

BEST OF 2012: Paul's Picks


Bob Mould - Silver Age

Best Tracks: Silver Age, The Descent

One of the true elder statesmen of rock, Bob Mould still knows how to turn out a kick ass album.  A pure blast of 90s tinged grunge/alt rock free from irony or nostalgia, Silver Age could have come out two decades ago and sounded right at home.  Fortunately for the music buying public, Bob was busy with Sugar back then and waited until this moment (when we really need it) to drop this impressive set of great guitar tracks on us all.  Put on your flannel, crank up the cd player, and enjoy.



Screaming Females - Ugly

Best Tracks: Doom 84, Red Hand

Holy hell does this album shred.  Marissa Paternoster has always had a way with a guitar (and by that, I mean she throttles her axe and aggressively squeezes every last ounce of sound out of the thing) and a great voice.  But on Ugly, she and the rest of the band graduated from the enjoyable if somewhat simplistic punk stylings of their earlier albums to produce a full throated beast of a guitar rock album.  From the stripped down nastiness of “Red Hand” and “It All Means Nothing” to the 7 and a half minute epic “Doom 84,” the album is perfect for any time you are in the mood for some old fashioned, grunge and punk inflected guitar rock. 

Unfortunately, Marissa has taken ill and has had to stop touring.  Here’s hoping she gets well and gets back to the concert circuit soon.