ANIMAL RVA, Richmond’s best queer dance party, is switching gears this week to give live music a shot instead of their usual line up of DJ’s, but that doesn’t make it any less of a blast.
The headlinging and touring act, SHIRA, offers a unique mix of powerful female vocals, crunchy guitars and weird electronic noises.
In Hebrew SHIRA means “song” & “poem.” Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, SHIRA is a songwriter, producer, writer & visual artist. She has shared stages with CocoRosie, Mirah, TuNe-YaRdS & Andrea Gibson. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in PBS Poetry, Buzzfeed Reader, The Huffington Post, BUST Magazine, Winter Tangerine, The Massachusetts Review, as well as alongside Patricia Smith in Bull-Gouging the Matador, in the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the Lambda award winning LGBTQ anthology Glitter and Grit. She received her BA from Hampshire College, a Millay Colony Fellowship & a James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her latest album “Subtle Creature” was released in August 2016.
Some of RVA’s sexiest weirdos, Toxic Moxie, have been winning over diverse audiences of punx, hippies, EDM kids and everyone in between with their instantly accessible brand of Dirty Disco Punk. Whether they are falling asleep face down on your carpet or pressuring you to finish your bottle of whiskey, it’s always a party.
But take a moment to reflect on the substance found on their three EP series, and one finds a much deeper well of inspiration that draws from progressive politics and social issues in a context larger than the houses, bars, and clubs that they turn into delirious sweat orgies.
Up next is RVA’s own ZOOANZOO, electric noise whose sounds glitch across multiple genres: hip-hop, electro-pop, neo-gospel, R&B but is primarily centered in “soul”.
Last, but certainly not least, is another local act, C E L L S A G A, another electronic weirdo who is set to get your booty shake’n.