Diamanda Galas coming to the Paramount April 14

These are the 61-year old singer’s first records since 2008’s “Guilty Guilty Guilty.”

“All The Way,” which find the singularly intense vocalist covering jazz, blues and folk standards, is her first studio album since “The Sporting Life,” her 1994 collaboration with John Paul Jones. “At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem” is a live album from May 2016 concerts in Harlem. Both albums are out March 24.

For nearly 40 years, Galás has been one of American music’s most intense and confrontational singers and performance artists. As much as any singer around, her blood-curdling voice, sometimes bellowing, often shrieking, sounds like weaponized rage.  (I also lover her prose; check out this savage rant about Clive Davis and Whitney Houston — she was a big fan of the latter, not so much the former.)

Besides the upcoming albums, those looking for a deep dive into her work should examine “Masque of the Red Death” trilogy about the AIDS epidemic — ” The Divine Punishment (1986), “Saint of the Pit” (1986) and “You Must Be Certain of the Devil” (1988). Those who would like a shorter primer should listen to “Plague Mass,” her amazing 1991 live album covering much of the same material.Those who love the sound of rock music should try “The Sporting Life,” which does indeed rock.

Here are the tour dates

March 31 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
April 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Cathedral of St. Vibiana
April 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
April 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
April 14 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
April 17 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Tickets to the Paramount show are not yet on sale.


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