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Get theatrical with Julia Holter’s new video “In The Green Wild” (playing World Cafe Live on Saturday)

Julia HolterExperimental pop artist Julia Holter has released two albums to date and is gearing up to release her third, Loud City Song, on August 20th.  Her latest LP is a bit of a concept album, built around the adventures of a main character.  This week she released the a video for a song off the album called “In The Green Wild” which features this character leaving the big city for some nature in a sort of bizarre theater performance.  The song slowly builds from a quiet and smokey jazz number into a bright almost-pop song.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch Holter this saturday at World Cafe Live with Jessica Pratt.

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Watch Julia Holter’s new video for “World” (playing World Cafe Live on 7/13)

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In advance of her forthcoming For Loud City Song LP, Julia Holter has shared a new video for lead single “World.”  The video is a beautiful pairing of sped-up montage footage showing Holter walking through her hometown of Los Angeles and the hushed, barely-there musings of the musician.  Visually, it’s like an experimental film that was discovered with missing pieces.  It feels like a narrative, but parts of the story aren’t there and it never resolves, leaving the viewer feeling unsettled.  That feeling becomes even more unsettling when Holter leaves us with the question “How can I escape you?”.  For Loud City Song will be released through Domino Records on August 19th.  Julia Holter will be in town on July 11th with Jessica Pratt at World Cafe Live upstairs; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the new video for “World” below.

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Stream Jessica Pratt’s “Night Faces” (playing World Cafe Live on 7/13)

jessica_lynn_pratt_birth_recordsSan Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt has been added to Julia Holter‘s appearance at World Cafe Live on July 13th, making the concert a California-centric showcase of talented musicians.  Pratt released her debut effort on Tim Presley’s (White Fence, Darker My Love) new label Birth Records and her 60s folk style songwriting and stirring voice instantly caught many ears, especially as recorded on album single “Night Faces.”  Stream the song below; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Electronica musician Julia Holter playing World Cafe Live in July

juliaholter Julia Holter is playing World Cafe Live on Saturday, July 13th. The Los Angeles musician combines electronic music and elements of classical with drum machines and synthesizers. Her work evokes an imaginative, ambient flavored musical world that brings to mind Laurie Anderson, Joni Mitchell, and Another Green World-era Brian Eno. Sample some of her work below, including two songs from her gorgeous 2012 release, Ekstasis. In May, 2012, Holter stopped by the XPN studios and recorded a session that you can listen to here.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 19 at 10AM. Go here for more information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julia Holter at Johnny Brenda’s and The Interest Group at Little Berlin

Experimental Los Angeles singer/songwriter Julia Holter released her sophomore album Ekstatis earlier this year after her stunning debut Tragedy came out in 2011. Her contemporary music plays with vocal harmonies and eclectic instrumental sounds; similar to artists such as Regina Spektor or Elizabeth Ziman. Julia toured with Sigur Ros this past year, and is finishing off her North American Tour with a stop at Johnny Brenda’s tonight presented by R5 Productions. The 21+ show begins at 9:30 p.m. with Hundred Waters opening up the evening. Tickets are $12 and you can purchase them here. Below watch her video for “In the Same Room” off Ekstasis.

The Interest Group draws musical and aesthetic inspiration from 1960’s pop culture. Founded by Yohsuke Araki who was previously in the band Blackhawks (and still continues in the project Banana Symphony), The Interest Group exudes mellow energy and psychedelic vibes. They perform tonight at Little Berlin for the Dream Oven Music Series; there is a $5-7 requested donation for touring bands. The show kicks off at 7:30, go to the facebook event for more information. You can also listen to The Interest Group’s awesomely crafted song “The Passenger” below.

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Listen to Julia Holter’s interview and performance on XPN2

 Last month, experimental electronic performer Julia Holter made her debut Philadelphia appearance at the new Underground Arts venue. Before arriving at the show, she stopped by XPN2 to record a studio session, re-imagining the heady layered tapestries of her RVNG Int’l Records debut Extasis as solitary, stunning pieces sung over a Rhodes keyboard. Now you can stream the session and hear Holter’s interview with XPN2’s John Vettese, where she talks about adapting her complex music for solo performances, gives insight into her songwriting process and shares the difficulties of gardening near her Los Angeles home.

Click HERE to stream our session with Julia Holter!