Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell with Magik*Magik Quartet
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2013
Palace of Fine Arts
Better than: Dinner and a movie.
It's quiet outside the Palace of Fine Arts this Thursday night, a few people milling around looking for the entrance to this massive edifice with a massive-er monument outside. Inside, it's not much livelier. Youngish bears with freshly coifed beards brush past neo-goths on date night with plenty of impeccably bland straight hipsters padding out the remainder. We take our seats at 8 p.m. sharp and the pre-gig buzz is less rock and more Thursday night art-house revival at the Roxie. The PA plays some barely audible low-key post-punk in the vein of This Heat. What's this show all about? Is this a night for fans of Zola Jesus' (née Nika Roza Danilova) crooning, or JG Thirlwell's neo-orchestral dalliances? It's never wise to have too many expectations, but as the clock continued to run past the 8 o'clock mark, almost everything under the Palace's harsh house lights seemed in conflict with any you cared to hold.