Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07



Nika Roza Danilova returns with a new album titled Taiga

This article shared 3752 times since Wed Oct 15, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Nika Roza Danilova ( also known as Zola Jesus ) returns with a new album titled Taiga. While the music has pop sensibilities, there is a dark side that appeases fans throughout the world.

This Wisconsin-raised singer returns to her northern roots on a tour that includes a stop in Chicago. Nunn called Jesus when out on the road to learn a little more about the talented performer.

Nightspots Magazine: Hey, Nika, calling you from the Midwest! I read you are originally from Wisconsin.

Nika Danilova: Yes, neighbor state.

NM: So explain the Zola Jesus name.

ND: It is a band name.

NM: I thought people call you Zola Jesus.

ND: They do and it's fine. I came up with the name because when I started in the music business all of my friends were in punk bands. I felt like going in with my own name was a little vain so I made a band name.

NM: So you have a regular band that you are performing with on this tour?

ND: Yes, it is a new band that I just put together. Most of the band are Midwesterners also.

NM: You wanted to be an opera singer in the past. What is your favorite opera?

ND: The Ring.

NM: What does the title of the album Taiga refer to?

ND: It is the Russian name for the Boreal forest. There are Taiga forests in Siberia and Russia, also in North American such as northern Wisconsin where I grew up in the top part of the US. It relates to where I grew up and my ancestors in Russia. For me the title represents the massive sense of creative ambition.

NM: How long did you work on the album and how does it feel to have it finally come out?

ND: I worked on it for two to three years. It feels amazing that it is finally going to be out. I cannot wait.

NM: "Dangerous Days" is in constant rotation in my car. What is it inspired by?

ND: I like the idea of trying to make a big triumphant pop song but about a very skeptical concept. The song is about how we are getting fed more and more information through the Internet, the news, media in general. There are so many things floating around that we consider fact. We don't know what is fact or fiction these days. It makes for an interesting time to be alive but at the same time you need to start questioning everything that you read. Is something really true?

NM: Do you wish you could be back in the forest and forget about this technical world?

ND: Yeah, I think we are getting to a point where the technology isn't helping us. Technology is invented to make our lives better, easier, or make things happen that we couldn't do on our own. I think now we are using technology as a crutch. In fact it is using us. I mean technology in terms of not just computers but a statement of society. It is going to get to the point where it is a heavy weight on our shoulders. Maybe we were better off before.

NM: Do blondes have more fun or do you prefer being a brunette?

ND: I definitely prefer being a brunette. [laughs] In Chicago I will be a brunette.

NM: What is your live show like?

ND: For this tour I will be performing with a brass ensemble. It is going to be really cool and special. I am working on a bit of a stage production. We will see how that goes.

NM: Have you spent a lot of time in Chicago being from Wisconsin?

ND: Definitely. It will feel like a hometown show.

NM: Have you noticed a gay following at your shows?

ND: Oh yes, totally. We are covered there.

NM: Are you throwing a big party for the release of the album Taiga?

ND: That's what this tour is, a big traveling party!

Say hallelujah to Zola Jesus on October 16 at Thalia Hall, 1225 W. 18th St., beginning at 8 p.m.

Stardust presents Zola Jesus with a DJ set after the concert at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave.

RSVP for reduced cover at

This article shared 3752 times since Wed Oct 15, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

ONYX Midwest forum tackles racist performance at Touche's anniversary party 2023-01-22
- In a response to the racist performance that took place at the leather, fetish and bear-focused Touche Chicago's 45th anniversary celebration on Nov. 1, 2022, ONYX Midwest hosted a community forum Jan. 21 at The Leather ...

Gay News

Touche Chicago's 45th-anniversary celebration marred by racist performance 2022-11-03
- Racist performance mires Touche Chicago's 45th anniversary celebration By Carrie Maxwell On Nov. 1, the leather, fetish and bear-focused Touche Chicago celebrated its 45th anniversary with a feature performance by ...

Gay News

Howard Brown Health's Big Orange Ball has 'Saturday Night Fever' theme 2022-10-27
- Howard Brown Health's Big Orange Ball was back in-person at Park West on Oct. 22—this time with a big (not orange) disco ball. About 300 people brought their Halloween spirit to the event, dressed in costumes ...

Gay News

'Martinis That Matter' to honor former TPAN CEO Jeff Berry on Oct. 30 2022-10-19
- Marty's Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral Ave., presents "Martinis That Matter," a community giving-back program that funds community groups, charities and organizations. Profits from the sales during these events go to the organizations hosting. On Sunda ...

Gay News

'Barlesque' launches at Sidetrack 2022-09-03
- On Sept. 1 at Northalsted/Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, Barlesque kicked off. Nightlife figure Khloe Daniels hosted, introducing this year's bars, performers and choreographers. Barlesque brings Chicago nightlife superstars, local bars and ...

Gay News

TPAN bringing back 'Barlesque' starting Sept. 1 2022-08-25
- Barlesque is back. On Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at Northalsted/Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., Barlesque will kick off. Nightlife figure Khloe Daniels will host introduce this year's bars, performers and choreographers. Attendanc ...

Gay News

Touche holds fundraiser for Windy City Times 2022-07-12
- Leather bar Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., held its regular Friday fundraiser on July 8—and the fortunate recipient this time was Windy City Times. Approximately $200 were raised during this benefit raffle. Touche has been a ...

Gay News

Pride Journey: Iceland 2022-03-21
- The only way to describe Iceland is ... magical. It truly is. Iceland is like no other place I've visited in the world. It's topography, climate, people, culture, history, and nightlife blended together make Iceland a ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Jeffrey Wayne ("Jef") Morgan 2022-01-11
- Jeffrey Wayne "Jef" Morgan, of Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack while shoveling snow on Jan. 2. He was 58. Jef was the well-loved manager at Little Jim's on ...

Gay News

'Andersonville Homecoming' Sept. 24-26; line-up, vendors, safety protocols announced 2021-09-15
--From a press release - CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2021) The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the full entertainment line-up and vendors for Andersonville Homecoming--a three-night, two-day outdoor festival featuring ...

Gay News

Next OUTspoken show Sept. 7 2021-08-24
- An OUTspoken Storytelling Night taking place Tuesday, Sept. 7, will offer tales told by six people who will relate their stories of fun and fortune from a LGBTQ+ perspective. The entertainment will start at 7 p.m. ...

Gay News

Taste of River North cancelled 2021-07-29
- On July 29, the River North Residents Association, along with theMART and Duff Entertainment, announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of Taste of River North. The event was slated to take place Aug. 20-21 at ...

Gay News

OUTspoken storytelling to host six takes from LGBTQ+ perspective 2021-07-26
--From a press release - The month of August is hot - but OUTspoken at the Sidetrack will be even hotter on Aug. 3 when six storytellers will tell tales of fun and fortune from a LGBTQ+ perspective! The program will start at 7:00 pm at ...

Gay News

LGBTQIA+ tavern to open in Uptown this fall 2021-07-14
- 2Bears Tavern Group—which owns and operates Andersonville's The SoFo Tap and Meeting House Tavern as well as Rogers Park's Jackhammer—is opening 2Bears Tavern Uptown in the former Nick's on Wilson space at 1140 W. Wilson Ave. ...

Gay News

Pride Parade coordinator provides latest on the 'likely scenario' for event 2021-05-08
- Tim Frye, the coordinator of the 2021 Pride Parade, told Windy City Times that the assessment of this year's event has not changed over the last few weeks. The official statement/assessment at this point is: "We ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.