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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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…
Tom Breihan | March 11, 2015 - 1:39 pm
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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'…
Tom Breihan | November 25, 2014 - 12:54 pm
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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…
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.
Miles Bowe | September 11, 2014 - 6:19 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2014 - 10:12 am
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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 ca…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | March 31, 2014 - 10:30 am
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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'…
Stereogum | March 28, 2014 - 2:55 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2014 - 11:17 am
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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…
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 whe…
Stereogum | February 28, 2014 - 2:54 pm
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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.
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 11:10 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 21, 2014 - 11:00 am
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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.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am
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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…
Stereogum | December 13, 2013 - 12:33 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2013 - 10:13 am
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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…
Andrew Youssef | March 5, 2012 - 2:32 pm
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