Entries tagged with: EMA
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
EMA / Downtown Boys @ Rough Trade NYC - 5/9/14
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Updated EMA dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
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...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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...
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 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...
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.
Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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...
photos by Kellyann Petry
Idle Warship at Culture Shock 4/28/12
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").
More pics from the fest (excluding Pissed Jeans and Casey Veggies) below...
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...
DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (Memoryhouse Remix) (MP3)
Tycho at Lincoln Hall in Chicago in January (more by Zach Pollack)
Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) whose last two trips to NYC brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg, will be touring again this spring/summer culminating in a larger NYC show at Webster Hall on July 14, one day after he plays Camp Bisco.. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/20) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Tycho will be in the NYC-area later this month for SUNY Purchase Culture Shock, which is technically only open to students and their guests, and which recently announced that EMAreplaced Grimes who cancelled. The full lineup also includes Islands, Idle Warship,Big Feedia, The Felice Brothers, Cloud Nothings, Casey Veggies, Pissed Jeans, and Bio Ritmo.
Tycho's most recent single, "Dive," off the 2011 album of the same name, was recently remixed by Memoryhouse. Grab that remix above or stream it below. The Zombies-covering Memoryhouse will be in Brooklyn this Saturday (4/21) for a show at Public Assembly with Mattheah Baim and Ex Cops. Tickets are still avialable.
All Tycho dates and song stream below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Arctic Monkeys / Jimmy Cliff / Madness
"Jimmy Cliff made his Coachella debut yesterday with a masterful main stage set that included such classics as "The Harder They Come" and "Many Rivers To Cross." But for Cliff, hearing the crowd sing along to one of the tunes from his newest LP, Sacred Fire, was the day's highlight.Jimmy Cliff joined Madness, Pulp, Mazzy Star, Refused, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, Amon Tobin, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Frank Ocean, Death Grips, Explosions in the Sky, and many more on the lineup of Coachella Friday, the first day of the 2012 California festival (4/13).
"I left the stage, and they were still singing 'One More.' I love it," Cliff told Rolling Stone backstage. It's an impressive feat for the reggae icon, considering that the Coachella crowd consists mostly of twenty-somethings born more than a decade after his Seventies heyday. "One young girl came up to me tonight with about five albums she asked me to sign," observes Cliff. "She said, 'My parents were listening to this and they brought me up on this.' They grew up on the albums. That happens a lot. You see all ages, and I love that." [Rolling Stone]
Coachella Day Two is now underway and streaming (update: Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown joined Childish Gambino on stage during his early Saturday set).
More pictures from the first day of the fest (with even more HERE), below...
by Andrew Sacher
EMA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pic by degi14)
"Okay, who wants this song dedicated to them?" asked Erika M. Anderson (aka EMA) at her MHOW show this past Friday (3/16) before going into the dark, intimate "Marked." When she got to the song's refrain ("I wish that every time he touched me left a mark"), you couldn't help but wonder if any audience members were secretly taking back their cheers of "ME!" from about a minute earlier. But that mood shift is exactly the kind of vibe that was in place throughout EMA's entire show. She would constantly switch back and forth between playful stage banter and dance moves to the no-bullshit rawness and sincerity of her songs and lyrics.
But before EMA took control of the venue, the crowd was greeted by an opening act, her tourmates, Vancouver's Nu Sensae. I'd never heard the Vancouver trio before Friday night, but was pretty impressed by their punky noise rock, all of which was delivered in 2-3 minute blasts. Vocalist Andrea Lukic rotated between breathy Kim Gordon-esque vocals and a piercing scream, while Daniel Pitout beat the hell out of his drums and guitarist Brody McKnight built a shoegazey wall of sound.
Up next were Brooklyn's Talk Normal, who I last saw when they opened for Sonic Youth at Prospect Park in 2010. It goes without saying that MHOW is a better venue for them and that they've only gotten better/have played tons of shows in the last two years, but regardless, I was far more impressed by them on Friday than I had ever been before. Like Nu Sensae and EMA, they're well versed in noise rock, but with a much heavier emphasis on no wave. Their stage setup was lit only by two red light bulbs, which made for a great gloomy setting to their spacious sound. And though no wave is the band's obvious reference point, it's tough to simply leave it at that, as their vocal interplay and dynamic shifts stretched beyond the confines of the genre.
After Talk Normal had exited the stage and it was set up for EMA, all of the band members except Erika stood before MHOW's crowd, lit only by dim, hanging lanterns that the band had brought with them. Electric violinist Leif Shackelford then began the eerie violin drone of "Stand and Encounter," the last song released by Erika's former band, Gowns, directly before their break up. Eventually Erika walked on stage to huge applause from the crowd, and taking solely to the mic, began delivering the song's stream-of-consciousness lyrics. This was followed by the EMA b-side, "Angelo," an upbeat cut for which she sounded more than a little like Karen O.
Erika picked her guitar up after the first two songs for the first Past Life Martyred Saints (which she played all of) track of the night, "Anteroom." Past Life Martyred Saints had always struck me as somewhat of a folk album, if not a noisy, perhaps more anti-folk version of one, but in the live setting I lost all notions of that and saw the band harnessing the spirit of crunchy '90s alt rock. When they played "Butterfly Knife," which barely has drums on the album version, I actually saw audience members headbanging to the revved up version of the song. And even more so than they were when the band played their cover of Danzig's "Soul on Fire" during the encore.
The highlight of the night came during the 7+ minute "Grey Ship," for which the venue's disco ball was turned on, making the song's slow first half feel like the song a '90s high school prom movie band plays after most people have left. At the song's halfway point, the band got increasingly heavier and more locked in, bringing in sludgy guitar, electric violin riffs, elaborate drumming, and eventually the band's synced up drum/guitar punches that were met with tons of applause from the crowd. EMA came close to reaching that same level of intensity during the last song of their pre-encore set, "California." She moved around on stage with as much of a don't-give-a-fuck attitude as she's got in the lyrics, punching out one of those lanterns with her mic and ending the song in the same frozen pose she makes on her album cover.
During the encore, Erika brought out Daniel from Nu Sensae to play seemingly impromptu cover songs. She said, "This is for YOU, not the blogs, don't tell anyone about this!" so in respects to that, I'll stop here. But maybe the songs they covered are listed as part of the setlist below...
More pictures, video and setlist from the show below...
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
by Andrew Sacher
EMA at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) will be releasing a deluxe edition of her incredible debut, Past Life Martyred Saints, via iTunes on February 7. The album will contain videos for "California," "Milkman," "Marked," and her cover of NIrvana's "Endless, Nameless", which also appears on the album as a bonus track along with "To Leave With Love." You can watch all four of those videos at the bottom of this post.
EMA will go on a tour of the US and Canada in March, ending with a show in Brooklyn on March 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon and go on AmEx presale Wednesday (12/14) at noon.
She released the "Marked" single this past November, which includes the b-side "Angelo." That track does not appear on the album but you can stream it below.
All dates, videos and stream below...