Spend the Night with a Jewel

August 6th, 2010

Ramona Gonzalez grew up in Berkeley, Calif., as the daughter of musically inclined parents. She attended school in L.A., and once there she eventually joined some rock bands and became a multimedia artist. After creating several synth instrumentals for installation art, Gonzalez began concentrating on music, using the name Nite Jewel. Her sound is dreamy dance pop, but it’s done decidedly lo-fi: She records on an eight-track cassette recorder, and her debut full-length, Good Evening, came out last year. When playing live, Nite Jewel (above, performing “Chimera” on the Interface for does it as a three-piece, which you can see for yourself when—along with Violens—she plays Mercury Lounge on Monday.