Basilica Soundscape’s Unique Fest: (Photos) Zola Jesus, John Maus, Protomartyr

Earlier this month, Basilica Soundscape returned to Upstate New York for its sixth year. We love the vibes of this festival. The crowd was largely made up of NYC-area peeps looking to expand their musical horizons beyond the usual summer festival lineups. There’s also really good food (chicken and biscuits, vegetarian stew) courtesy of Alimentary Kitchen.

We AirBnB’d it, but wish we had camped outdoors so we could fully take advantage of the warm weather. We did, however, camp out all day to listen to their awesome music lineup and readings. The stages were draped with wine colored fabric, making for a minimally artsy backdrop.

Washington, D.C.’s Priests have been steadily gaining recognition for their punk prowess. (We also enjoy seeing what fashionable lead singer Katie Alice Greer will be wearing.) Judging by the crowd’s reaction, we think they gained a few more fans.

The last time we saw John Maus, he was performing solo with nothing more than a tape deck. We thought how awesome he would sound with a backing band. He’s back on stage with a backing band and yes, he sounded awe.some.

It was super cool to be in the presence of punk rock renaissance woman Vivien Goldman and hear her perform. Detroit’s Protomartyr played a packed room. We saw metal act Yellow Eyes and industrial rock duo Yvette for the first time and were impressed. Electronic act Blanck Mass opened for headliner Zola Jesus, whose mighty vocals closed out the night.

Check out photos of Zola Jesus, Priests, John Maus, Yvette, Protomartyr, Vivien Goldman, and Yellow Eyes.


photo by: Shaun Regan; Zola Jesus by Samantha Marble/The Creative Independent