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by Andrew Sacher


Tara Subkoff's new film #Horror, starring Chloe Sevigny & Natasha Lyonne, is out today. The music was done by EMA and her frequent collaborator Leif Shackelford, and EMA says the following:

Film work and scoring is fun for me because I get to make all this music that wouldn't necessarily fit on an EMA record. 'Amnesia Haze' is so pop, so cinematic. I get to kind of step out of myself and play the part.

We worked really closely with Tara (Subkoff) on the music. She definitely always had an opinion on what she liked and what she didn't. It was my first score, so I'm not sure if all composers end up spending weeks in a room with the director, but that's how we did it.

Leif (Shackelford) and I kind of ended up dividing the work, with him doing all the string parts and me writing the main themes. We were going for something modern that also recalled classic horror genre music. I love the eeriness of the vocal synth samples and I think it gives the score a very uncanny vibe that matches the themes of the film.

The soundtrack is out on December 11 but EMA's streaming the song "Amnesia Haze" now. If you liked the avant-pop of her last album The Future's Void, you're probably gonna like this too. Listen and watch the #Horror trailers below...

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photo: EMA at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

EMA, who released one of our favorite albums of 2014, will be returning to NYC in February to present her new project, I Wanna Destroy, at MoMA PS1 on 2/15, part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Here's more details:

I Wanna Destroy is a Virtual Reality environment built in collaboration with Portland-based developer Zach Krausnick and the software company Chroma. This virtual world uses 3D game mechanics to articulate experiences not often explored in mainstream gaming; including guilt, nostalgia, family, and transcendence. Audience members explore a changing 3D environment, while their experiences are projected before the entire audience. EMA providse a live score, working to meld semi-acoustic instruments and lyrical content into a digital world.
It's her only announced date at the moment. Tickets are on sale now.

Watch a video of EMA playing A Take Away Show below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

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The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
The Knife

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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drowned in sound

UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rolling Stone

The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.

Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

EMA / Doldrums at Bowery Ballroom - 10/5/14

EMA has been on the road continuing to support this year's excellent The Future's Void, and she returned to NYC this past Sunday (10/5) for a show at Bowery Ballroom that had a good bill all around. Direct support came from Montreal's Doldrums and MEN/The Lisps-related duo The Point opened the show. Like the shows she played here earlier in the year, she split her set pretty well between her two albums, playing favorites like "The Grey Ship," "California," "Cthulu," "Satellites" and more, and also included "Cherylee" from her previous band Gowns.

Her full setlist, and more pictures from the show, below...

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by Bill Pearis


When he's not making music with JD Samson as MEN, Michael O'Neill makes pretty electronic pop with his girlfriend (and onetime Lisps singer) Sammy Tunis as The Point. Their debut album, Pretty Marsh, is out September 30 via Hope for the Tape Deck and is comprised of their first two EPs plus new songs as well. We've got the premiere of "I'm Sky" from it, and it can be streamed in this post. The song was produced by Gary Olsen (Ladybug Transistor) at his Marlborough Farms studio and cowritten by Kyle Forster (Crystal Stilts, Ladybug Transistor). Says O'Neil about the track:

I'm Sky is a bittersweet love song that Sammy and I wrote for each other about taking love for granted. The hustle of what it means to be creatives in this city often clouds our ability to be good partners. The song is really about the times where all of that seems to vanish, and we feel joyful, open and limitless.
You can catch The Point live tonight (9/17) at Cameo with Color War, and then they'll play Bowery Ballroom on October 5 where they'll open for EMA and Doldrums (tickets).

Album art and "I'm Sky" stream below...

Continue reading "The Point (members of MEN & The Lisps) releasing debut LP (stream a track), playing shows including opening for EMA"


Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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EMA at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, EMA is one of the openers on the upcoming Spoon tour, though she doesn't open their NYC date happening 9/10 at Central Park Summerstage (it's also not with Hamilton Leithauser who opens many of their dates, and does play Central Park with Broken Bells). She will, however, play her own NYC show after that tour at Bowery Ballroom on October 5. Montreal's Doldrums are on that show too, making for an excellent double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.

Spoon, who put out two videos from their new album yesterday (7/21), also recently expanded their tour. An updated list of their dates is below. Still no opener announced for Central Park though.

EMA released her great sophomore album, The Future's Void, earlier this year. Doldrums' last was 2013's Lesser Evil. Watch videos from those, with the list of dates, below...

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Spoon's new album, They Want My Soul, is out on August 5. (Preorders in a variety of bundles are available now.) The first single, "Rent I Pay," is out now and can be streamed below. The band have also just announced a September tour that includes a NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on 9/10. No opener has been announced but much of the tour is either with Hamilton Leithauser or EMA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Tuesday (6/24) at 10 AM.

Spoon was in NYC a few weeks back for Governors Ball and an NPR taping. All dates are listed, along with the track stream, below...

Continue reading "Spoon share first song from new LP, announce September tour, including Central Park Summerstage (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

EMA / Downtown Boys @ Rough Trade NYC - 5/9/14
Downtown Boys

EMA wrapped up her tour with Downtown Boys over the weekend, hitting NYC on Friday (5/9) at Rough Trade. Pictures of the show, including one of EMA's setlist, are in this post.

Local openers Owel kicked off the show with their mix of emo-tinged rock and atmospheric arena tendencies, and then came EMA's tourmates Downtown Boys, who completely changed the vibe in the room. Their singer spent most of the time on the floor, and the other musicians often joined her. Meanwhile, a few crowd members (who the band appeared to know personally) spent the show dancing on stage. In between songs, the band preached equality for all genders, races and sexual orientations, and delivered these speeches in both Spanish and English. (She once pointed out how when she spoke in Spanish it was alienating to the non-Spanish speakers as an example of how many groups of people feel alienated in American society.) The band's hi-speed, danceable saxophone-fueled punk was also a total party. If you've yet to see them, I strongly recommend catching their show at Shea (5/29) at the end of the month.

Then came EMA, who may have put on the best set I've seen of hers yet. Songs like "Satellites" and "Chtulu" from the new record sounded huge, and when she reached back for old favorites like "California," those smaller, introspective songs sounded as gigantic as the new stuff. Not that there wasn't diversity or anything. Friday's show included the noise-folk of "Marked," the industrial leanings of "Neuromancer," the '90s-style alt-rock of "So Blonde,"and the sparse ballad "Dead Celebrity," which closes her new album and appropriately closed the pre-encore set. Partially because of that mix, there wasn't a part of the show that was feeling samey or like it was dragging. If anything, it easily could have gone on longer.

More pictures of all three bands, with a video of "California," below...

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photos by Milos Markicevic

EMA / Trust in Chicago - 5/4/14

EMA is about to bring her tour with Downtown Boys to Brooklyn for a show at Rough Trade TONIGHT (5/9) for what will be the third and final NYC date for EMA on this run. The show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets you still have a chance because we're giving away a few pairs. Head below for details on how to enter to win. The show starts at 9 PM with an opening set from atmospheric NY/NJ band Owel.

Earlier this month, EMA's tour crossed paths with Trust's tour for a co-headlining show in Chicago at the Empty Bottle (5/4). Downtown Boys were on that show too, as were Trust's tourmates Mozart's Sister. Pictures of all four bands from that Chicago show are in this post.

Meanwhile, Trust recently announced more US shows including NYC at Irving Plaza on September 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

After Downtown Boys' run with EMA ends, the politically-charged, saxophone-fueled punk band will play a smaller NYC show on May 29 at Shea Stadium with a relatively likeminded bill of Nine of Swords, TV Freaks and Arm Candy.

More pictures from the Chicago show, with EMA contest details, below...

Continue reading "EMA's tour w/ Downtown Boys hits sold out NYC show tonight (win tix!) +++ pics from their Chicago show w/ Trust"


The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.

Continue reading " MusicFestNW 2014 lineup announced (Spoon, Future Islands, Phantogram, Haim, Run the Jewels, Fucked Up & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

EMA at Pitchfork SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

EMA already released the first three tracks of her new record, The Future's Void (due out 4/8 via Matador), and she's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its release date, at NPR. Each of the three singles showed a different side of The Future's Void, but it's really one of those albums that need to be listened to straight through. The fourth song, "Cthulu," is one of my favorite songs this year by an artist, the kind of song that always makes me stop what I'm doing and pay attention when it comes on. Other tracks revisit the industrial sounds of lead single "Satellites" ("Neuromancer," "When She Comes"), and if you liked the melancholic "3Jane," you'll likely dig "When She Comes," "100 Years" and the comedown closer "Dead Celebrity."

As discussed, EMA plays a record release show in NYC on April 11 at Union Pool. When we last spoke, there was no ticket info posted for that show, but it's since been announced that the only way to get in is to purchase The Future's Void at Other Music, Rough Trade NYC, Permanent Records, or Academy Records starting Tuesday, April 8.

Her tour with Downtown Boys (who you may have caught yesterday [3/30] at MoMA PS1 with Priests) hits NYC on April 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

Updated dates, along with streams/videos of those 3 singles, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

EMA at Pitchfork SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We're still about a couple of weeks away from EMA's sophomore album, The Future's Void (due out 4/8 via Matador), but she's just released another track from it, "3Jane," named after Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool from cyperpunk classic Neuromancer. It's one of the album's calmer songs, and following the industrial-leaning single "Satellites" and the grungy "So Blonde," continues to show how diverse EMA gets on this one. Check it out below.

As discussed, EMA brings her tour to NYC for shows on April 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 9 at Rough Trade, both of which are with Downtown Boys (who play with Priests on Sunday [3/30], and who were just interviewed for Fvck the Media by Priests singer Katie Alice Greer). Before that tour begins though, she'll squeeze in a smaller NYC show on April 11 at Union Pool. No word on advance tickets or openers yet. Tickets for her other NYC shows are still available.

Coincidentally (?) a band called 3Jane from New Brunswick opens the New Brunswick stop of Priests' tour.

Updated EMA dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "EMA released "3Jane" from upcoming LP, adds Union Pool show to tour (updated dates & stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
Angel Olsen

After our Friday BV-SXSW day party at Red 7, Amanda and I headed to Austin's Central Presbyterian Church for the Pitchfork showcase. Opening the show was EMA, whose material from 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints sounded great as always, but most excitingly Erika and her band used the opportunity to preview her upcoming sophomore album, The Future's Void. The new stuff sounds great, and definitely doesn't seem like PLMS pt. 2. They had a good amount of diversity too -- there were grungy parts, one song with a lengthy instrumental jam, electronics and folk. Definitely a record to look forward to.

Then it was Angel Olsen, who others at BV have caught before (like Amanda), but I never had, and was really blown away. Angel's got an intense stare that never falters, and a great band that knows how to keep quiet music on the edgy side, but can get loud when they need to as well. Her voice echoes the cult bedroom folk singers of the '60s/'70s, and even as she ably belts it through a big church, she doesn't lose that eeriness.

After Angel, we headed back to Red 7 to catch Destruction Unit. The Arizona psych punks were one of the best bands I saw at last year's SXSW, and a year later nothing has changed. They never really play the same show twice, so even if you've seen them before you don't necessarily know what you're getting yourself into. They can switch from blisteringly fast punk, like the one-two punch of "The World On Drugs" and "Slow Death Sounds" that they opened the show with, to slower, more atmospheric parts, and complete dissonant noise. It's cerebral music, but it's also something you can mosh to (as many people at this show did). And even in their droniest parts, the band are always a thrill to watch with each member totally in his own zone the whole set.

Then Amanda went to House of Vans/Mohawk for Warpaint and I stayed at Red 7 for Perfect Pussy, who we also caught on a bridge, at NPR and at the Pitchfork day party. No pics of them this time, but I'm happy to report they got a new bass.

Pictures of Warpaint are in this post. More of those, plus more shots of EMA, Angel Olsen and D Unit, below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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by Andrew Sacher


EMA's much-anticipated sophomore album, The Future's Void, comes out on April 8 via Matador/City Slang, and after teasing it with the noisy, fleshed out "Satellites," she's now back with a second single, "So Blonde." This one's cleaner than her noise-drenched stuff, sounding like a lost '90s alt-rocker (in a very good way). It's got a super '90s-looking video to go along with it too, which you can watch below.

EMA brings her previously announced tour to NYC on April 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 9 at Rough Trade with Downtown Boys. Tickets for both shows are still available.

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EMA will release her anticipated sophomore album, The Future's Void, on April 8 via Matador/City Slang, and she's announced that following that release she'll go on a tour of the US and Canada to support it. It kicks off in the Northeast, hitting NYC on April 25 at Mercury Lounge, and after making her way to other cities, she returns for a Brooklyn show on May 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale today (2/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Since we last spoke, EMA made a video for the new album's excellent lead single, "Satellites." Check that out, along with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "EMA announces 2014 North American tour (dates & video)"

by Andrew Sacher

EMA at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Erika M. Anderson's official debut album as EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints, came out back in 2011 (one of our favorites of that year), and she's now set to release its followup, The Future's Void, this spring on her new label homes of Matador and City Slang. She just revealed the first single from the album, "Satellites," which starts out sounding like a typical EMA song, but soon brings in much wilder electronics and and a bigger, more epic sound than anything on her last album. It's more than enough reason to get excited for the new album, and you can check it out for yourself below.

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Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Black Lips

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces a ton of more artists"

photos by Kellyann Petry

Idle Warship at Culture Shock 4/28/12
Idle Warship

The 20th annual Culture Shock festival went down at SUNY Puchase from April 27-28. Day 1 (4/27) kicked off with the Stooges-meets-Jesus Lizard punk of Pissed Jeans, followed by California rapper Casey Veggies, who played SOBs a few days earlier. Day 1 of main stage wrapped up with an entrancing live-band IDM set from Tycho followed by Islands, both of whom played unexpected, crowd-demanded encores. Afterwards, Big Freedia packed Purchase's student center (The Stood) for an ass-shakin' afterparty, complete with nonstop dancing both on and off stage, and one of the biggest/craziest shows The Stood has seen in years.

Day 2 began with Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings, who played almost the entirety of their powerful January LP Attack on Memory. Up next were two completely opposite sides of the folk spectrum; the foot-stomping Felice Brothers and the melancholic, distortion-drenched EMA. Day 2 ended with a headlining set from Idle Warship, the project of Talib Kweli and Res in full rock band mode. Idle Warship drew the largest crowd of the entire fest, and delivered an unfaltering set of Idle Warship originals, Talib classics, and a few covers (including the Stooges' "Search and Destroy").

Big Freedia and Casey Veggies will both be at Bamboozle this weekend and you can also catch Freedia in NYC at Santos TONIGHT (5/17).

More pics from the fest (excluding Pissed Jeans and Casey Veggies) below...

Continue reading "SUNY Purchase Culture Shock 2012 pics (Idle Warship, EMA, Big Freedia, Tycho, Cloud Nothings, Islands, Felice Brothers)"


Cold Cave aren't the only big indie band playing a NYC museum tonight. As you can see from the above tweet, EMA has scneduled a last minute, free show at the Whitney Museum, happening at 7ish TONIGHT (4/27). EMA recently scheduled a lst minute trip to NY to play Culture Shock which begins today at SUNY Purchase. Check out the full schedule below...

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