Posted in music | pictures on July 22, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"EMA torching "Butterfly Knife" at Mercury Lounge a moment ago.
#YearsBestRecords" - Will Hermes

"Next level EMA fans will one day request bootlegs/transcriptions of her intersong monologues. Tonight's topics: Tool, Cancers at Glasslands" - Amrit

EMA @ Mercury Lounge
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The set hit on every song from EMA's debut Past Life Martyred Saints (except for "Coda," which she replaced with another, equally beautiful a cappella), and it hit hard. The brutal "Marked," which she prefaced by begging the audience to "not take... the wrong way," showcased Anderson's ability to be both menacing and pleading; set ender and crowd favorite "California" also shone, with the audience knowing every word and Anderson running around the stage, thrusting herself into the mic stand. [VIllage Voice]
EMA's debut album only came out about two months ago, and her sold out Mercury Lounge and Glasslands shows on Wednesday (7/20) were her first two in NYC since, and came not long after her appearance at Pitchfork which came right after a club show at the Empty Bottle.

Helado Negro opened the Mercury show and Talk Normal and Ablehearts opened the Glasslands show. Pictures and setlist from the Mercury show, where her a capella number later in the set was a major highlight, and a video from Glasslands below...

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EMA - "Marked" at Glasslands 7/20/11

EMA @ Glasslands Gallery 7.20.2011 from Jessica Amaya on Vimeo.

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EMA @ Mercury: Setlist
Butterfly Knife
Marked
The Grey Ship
Milkman
Breakfast
Red Star
[a cappella solo]
Anteroom
California

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Tags: EMA, Helado Negro

Comments (8)

not really a fan, but that video is undeniably chilling

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 3:47 PM

I know all anyone's gonna want to talk about is whether or not they'd "do her" but I'd like to point out the album's actually really good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 4:01 PM

+1 vote for "do her"

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 4:19 PM

i wouldn't DO her, i cant even SEE her

except for that chin...eww

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 4:49 PM

-1 Vote I would not do her. She'd have to take a little shower and shave the pits then maybe consider it after that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 7:39 PM

nearly perfect records this year from EMA, destroyer, austra. embarrassment of riches in 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 2:16 AM

Records like EMA's are part of what gives me the fuel to face the constant stream of bullshit (like "i'd do her" or "i wouldn't do her" as an inescapable motif in every BV thread that covers any woman) in this world.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 10:43 PM

^ Yeah but would YOU do her?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 10:51 PM

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