A lot of the money, admittedly, has gone towards costumes for the tour – “I'm pretty drawn to mega-'80s clothing … and anything gold or silver,” she admits – but one would have to assume the rising costs of life on the road would also be attributable to the recent acquisition of a live band to back her visually colourful performances. Not that Asta's complaining. “It's really good. Before, I was playing with a DJ, which really wasn't me. I was always itching to have a band, so I'm loving it. It's been such an amazing change. The sound is a lot bigger. It's less electronic; it has more of that natural rawness now. It's more rocky! … And what I hope is for people to come out of a show and just be like, 'Yeah, that was really solid. That was really rockin', that was tight.'”
This week's new sets include tunes from Wavves (our Album Of The Week), Mercury Rev and Trivium, plus releases from locals Cold Chisel and Philadelphia Grand Jury.