Lola Pistola brings sardonic post-punk to Northside on 06.09 at The Knit

Lola Pistola - real name Arvelisse Ruby - is a force to be reckoned with. On her most recent release, 2017's Curfew, Lola's songs are brash, ballsy and seething, with abounding post-punk vibes. In her video for "Carroll St.," she paints a bleak picture of life in New York through a series of disjointed, vignette-like images of herself in various city locales: a dimly-lit music venue, the docks, a stark apartment inhabited by barely-clad sleeping men, outside a storefront gate. Her knowing smirk and unsettling visage, complete with death-like makeup and hypothermia-blue eyeshadow, pops through each mundane setting like blood seeping from pale skin. However, for all her brash tongue-waggling, Lola Pistola also dabbles in the subtly sardonic. On "Wild, Rich and Loose," she takes aim at idly wealthy lifestyles, croaking, "We've come to feed on open wounds/Take all you want/I'm wild, rich and loose." Lola Pistola is playing at Northside Festival on June 9th at The Knit. Watch the video for "Carroll St." below! - Ethan Ames