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Hozier takes a worshipful L.A. to an actual church
Hozier takes a worshipful L.A. to an actual church

It was almost too easy, booking Hozier in a church. The project, led by 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, broke through with a single called “Take Me to Church." The lusty, acerbic song needles Ireland's most contentious institution, using religious imagery to evoke forbidden pleasures of the flesh (with an accompanying gay rights-themed video that went viral this fall). Hozier's voice was perfectly tuned to the gothic interiors of Koreatown’s Immanuel Presbyterian, which carried his high, sweet notes to the rafters on Thursday night. His sound is rooted in blues and soul with a gospel flourish, and as his recent, very early-in-career...

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