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EMA – “Black Boys On Mopeds” (Sinéad O’Connor Cover)

On her 1990 debut album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, Sinéad O’Connor sang about police brutality in the UK on the song “Black Boys In Mopeds.” Around Christmas, after seeing the rash of American police killings that made last year a hell of a time to be alive, Erika M. Anderson recorded… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 1:39 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

EMA – “3Jane” Video

Earlier this year, EMA released the great album The Future’s Void, which explored ideas about technology and industrial music and where our privacy ends. She’s already made videos for the early singles “Satellites” and “So Blonde,” but her new clip for “3Jane” is something else: An illustration of the themes of both the album and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Check Out EMA’s New Hive Zine Back To The Void

EMA’s excellent new album The Future’s Void does a lot of things. And this is one of those things: It combines an old pasted-together sense of DIY punk rock with a pervading feeling that technology has come to colonize every part of our collective brain, digging deep into both the power and the anxiety of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2014 - 12:44 pm

EMA – “False Flag”

Erika Anderson, aka EMA, already put out one of our favorite albums of the year, but that hasn’t stopped her from releasing even more music. There was the excellent non-album track “Drown” this spring, and today, on 9/11, she’s shared “False Flag.” The choice of release date is no coincidence — the noisy, fierce punk… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 11, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Watch A Very Intense EMA Make Her TV Debut On Letterman

At this point, we’re used to seeing indie bands catapult from relative obscurity to national TV exposure. But if you’ve every been lucky enough to see Erika Anderson stalking the stage of a tiny club, with her old band Gowns or on her own as EMA, then you know what an unlikely triumph it i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 10:12 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This past week brought Memorial Day, and with it, the unofficial start of summer. It also meant a four-day work week, but even with the truncated timeframe, there were more than enough excellent songs released for us to fight over what had to place in 5 Best Songs and what would be left in the… More »

By: Stereogum / May 30, 2014 - 3:47 pm

EMA – “Drown”

Almost two months ago, EMA gave us The Future’s Void, a deep and powerful album about, among other things, technology and the things it can do to your brain. Apparently, certain editions of the album included a bonus track called “Drown,” but that track has not made it to the internet, for general consumption, until… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Album Of The Week: EMA The Future’s Void

Seven years ago, covering CMJ for the Village Voice, I tried to go see High Places at the Cake Shop in New York, and I got their early enough to see the final song of the band that was before them on the bill. That final song just about sucked my soul out through my… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Stream EMA The Future’s Void

Three years ago, the former Gowns singer Erika M. Anderson went solo as EMA and released her debut LP Past Life Martyred Saints, one of the most forceful and cathartic indie rock albums in recent memory. Next week, she follows it up with the new LP The Future’s Void, an equally deep and soul-smashing piece… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 10:30 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We’re officially a week into spring, and in New York City, at least, it’s actually almost starting to feel like it. Somehow, though, this week’s 5 Best Songs might be the darkest collection we’ve seen yet, filled with loss, regret, fear, and death. Hell of a way to send out winter and welcome in the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 28, 2014 - 2:55 pm

EMA – “3Jane”

In about a week and a half, Erika M. Anderson will release The Future’s Void, her second solo album, and it is incredible. We’ve already posted “Satellites” and “So Blonde,” the album’s first two songs, and now EMA has shared “3Jane,” its third. (I promise that the album isn’t frontloaded, even if I think it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2014 - 11:17 am

EMA Lights Up The Darkness At SXSW

If you’re willing to spend a small eternity on line to get in, Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church is one of the great places to catch a show at SXSW. The acoustics are pristine, people are more likely to shut up and listen to the music, and — best of all — you can actually sitMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014 - 2:35 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The music gods were really kind this week. We had maybe a dozen legit songs in contention for this week’s 5 Best, and and when we finally narrowed it down five, we could barely even find a way to rank them, because any of them would have been a worthy choice for No. 1. Heck,… More »

By: Stereogum / February 28, 2014 - 2:54 pm

EMA – “So Blonde” Video

This spring, the former Gowns leader Erika M. Anderson will give us The Future’s Void, her second album as EMA, and you should be excited. The searing industrial-influenced first single “Satellites” was the sort of song that demands your attention, and “So Blonde,” the searching fuzz-rocker she’s just shared, hits just as hard, though it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 11:10 am

EMA – “Satellites” Video

The majestic, gothic, epically tense “Satellites” is the first single from The Future’s Void, former Gowns leader Erika M. Anderson’s second album as EMA. The LP follows the heart-shattering 2011 solo debut Past Life Martyred Saints, and Anderson co-produced it herself with Leif Shackelford, her violinist, who’s also a DIY dance producer in Portland. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 11:00 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We just published our 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013, but this week reminded us that the year ain’t over yet. On Wednesday, both EMA and Burial dropped new songs that would have commanded serious consideration if we’d had them even a few days earlier. Needless to say they both landed on our list of the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2013 - 12:33 pm

EMA – “Satellites”

My favorite album of 2011 was Past Life Martyred Saints, the gutwrenching and crazy-intense solo debut from the former Gowns leader EMA, and it wasn’t even close. After touring behind the album, Erika M. Anderson has been quiet for a while, but she’s now announced that this spring, she’ll release that album’s follow-up, which ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 10:13 am

Zola Jesus, EMA @ Natural History Museum, Los Angeles 3/2/12

Touring behind her well received album Conatus, Zola Jesus stopped by the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, and filled the hall with haunting vocals amongst the bisons and dioramas. With violin-infused electronic textured tunes, former Gowns member EMA’s opening set was a nice complement. Check out the photos above and the Zola Jesus setlist below. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / March 5, 2012 - 2:32 pm
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