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REMINDER: EMA & Cat Power Playing Shows in NYC This Sunday

By Rian on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

For those living or visiting NYC this weekend, you will have a chance to see EMA at Bowery Ballroom and Cat Power in Central Park as part of Modern Sky Festival. I’m not going to suggest that you choose one or the other, because if you hustle — you can make it to both shows. Details below:

Cat Power is headlining Day 2 of MSF, which will be held at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. She and her band are set to play at 7:45 pm. Other bands playing the festival Sunday include: The Both, Omnipotent Youth Society, Lenka, Queen Sea Big Shark, Shuh Tou, Second Hand Rose, and Stars.

Tickets here

EMA is wrapping up a row of headlining dates (shown above) with a stop at Bowery Ballroom. Montreal’s Doldrums and New York’s The Point will be opening. Tickets are available here. There are a few more shows later this month, shown below.

If you have not yet checked out the 34-page online zine Back To the Void, make the time. It’s amazing and should not be missed.

Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

EMA: Multi-Media Zine ‘Back To The Void’, Blogotheque session debuts

By Rian on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

On September 11th EMA released bonus track “False Flag” which she describes as her “lost generation take on 9/11″ on New Hive. Following up that important track, she has put together a 34 page multi-media zine Back To The Void. This zine “demonstrates how it feels to go from being relatively unknown to having a larger online presence, and how it feels when your online self slips out of your control.”

“At the tail end of 2011, in the middle of winter, I had a disturbing psychedelic experience where I became convinced that there was a Neuromancer inside of my brain,” says EMA.

“One of the things that unmoored me most was slowly losing control of my self-image. I started out taking most of my own press photos and creating a great deal of the imagery associated with my record…And then somewhere along the line things began to slip…Magazines wanted exclusive photos…I became self-conscious. I wore more makeup. I put a hand on my hip. I parted my lips ever so slightly…While there is something undeniably pleasing about seeing a beautiful image of yourself, overall I felt ashamed…I’d even seen it happen to many of the female artists who I had idolized as a teen. They started out grubby and raw and became increasingly polished. It can happen to anyone. I just fucking hated when it started happening to me.”

Take in Back Into The Void here.

In other EMA news, Blogothèque posted their latest ‘Take Away Show’ earlier today, featuring “Cthulu” and “Dead Celebrity” which filmed last month at Jungle Design in New York City. Watch the Derrick Belchm-directed session below.

The band just wrapped up a week of dates supporting Spoon in the mid-west. Still on tour, headlining dates begin tonight in Springfield.

Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel, Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

** w/ Doldrums

The Future’s Void is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

EMA: Tour With Spoon Starts Tonight, Headlining Dates To Follow

By Rian on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

(photo by Mike Hughes)

EMA is back on the road today, with several shows in the Midwest supporting Spoon. Starting the 27th (in Cleveland), the band will be on a run of headlining dates including NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and a homecoming show at Mississippi Studios in Portland.

ICYMI: “False Flag” & “Neuromancer” (From “The Late Show With David Letterman)

Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel, Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
* w/ Spoon
** w/ Doldrums
The Future’s Void is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

EMA – “False Flag”

By Gerard on Friday, September 12th, 2014

“False Flag” (via New Hive)

It takes some gumption to put out a song like this on September 11th, especially as it explicitly references the World Trade Cener attacks and identifies 9/11 as the day that has shaped the direction of the world in the 13 years since the Twin Towers came down. This isn’t exactly a revolutionary observation, of course — there’s a whole lot of shit that’s happened post-9/11 that you can trace back to that crazy, terrifying day, for better or worse, and politicians everywhere were quick to exploit its potential as a pretext for a lot of policy that might otherwise have been indefensible. This isn’t revisionist thinking, either — as early as October 2001, people were decrying the way that the Bush government politicized the tragedy and used it as the pretext for a whole lot of questionable policy, both foreign and domestic.

What’s most interesting to me about “False Flag,” though, is that it’s the first song I’ve heard about the experience of growing up in the shadow of 9/11. On her Twitter, EMA called the song a “lost generation take on 9/11,” and the lyrics deal with something that few artists so far have done a particularly good job of approaching: the fact that the millennial generation is the first one in many years to grow up with no expectation that the world they inherit will be on an upward trajectory. The oil’s running out, the planet’s heating up, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting screwed. It’s may or may not actually be all doom and gloom, of course, but there’s a stark difference between the direction the world is heading for the millennials and the direction it was headed for several generations that preceded them. – Tom Hawking, “Well, Here’s the 21st-Century Protest Song You’ve Been Asking For”, Flavorwire

EMA on tour :

Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* – with Spoon)


The Future’s Void
is available on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

VIDEO : EMA – “Neuromancer” (from “The Late Show With David Letterman”)

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

(video courtesy CBS / “The Late Show With David Letterman”)


The Future’s Void
is available on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA : Tonight On CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

(photo by Deb Del Grande)

EMA’s national TV debut happens tonight on CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 pm Eastern, 10:35pm central). Dave’s other guests tonight are Howie Handel and Rachel Maddow, and i’m hopeful someone in our PR dept. can get my St. Elsewhere Original Cast Album signed (preferably by Maddow).

Back to the road after that :

Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* – with Spoon)


The Future’s Void
is available CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and should be ordered immediately from The Matador Store.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA – New North American Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

EMA’s next batch of North American dates — including several opening for Spoon in larger auditoriums, banquet halls, aircraft hangers, etc. — start Septemer 16 with tickets currently on sale.

If you missed it back in April, Sasha Frere-Jones’ New Yorker profile (“Improv Everywhere ; EMA flirts with chaos”) is now available for reading sans subscription.

Saturday, July, 26 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Sunday, August, 17 – Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland OR
Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* – with Spoon)


The Future’s Void
is out now on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA : Western USA Dates + September Shows Supporting Spoon

By Gerard on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

(photo by Marjolein Hoornaert)

After a successful European jaunt, the next leg of EMA’s US touring in support of ‘The Future’s Void’ kicks off tonight in beautiful Boise, ID (dates and links for tickets can be found below). In September, EMA will opening a week of midwestern dates for Spoon.

6/23 Boise, ID The Crux ++
6/24 Salt Lake City Kilby Court
6/25 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge*
6/27 Albuquerque, NM Low Spirits*
6/28 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom*
6/29 San Diego, CA Casbah*
7/1 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour*++
7/2 San Francisco, CA The Independent*

*Mas Ysa
++ All Ages

9/16 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater w / Spoon
9/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre w/ Spoon
9/18 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre w/ Spoon
9/19 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre w/ Spoon
9/20 St. Louis, MO @ Pageant w/ Spoon
9/21 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall w/ Spoon
9/23 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom w/ Spoon

The Future’s Void
is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

 

WATCH: EMA + THE CREATORS PROJECT

By Rian on Monday, May 5th, 2014

“I didn’t set out to try and make a topical record about the internet and technology. It felt really taboo and weird and I felt embarrassed about it, but it was also this thing that was so obviously prevalent in my life and in everyone else’s life that I can’t just pretend that it doesn’t exist and write a love song about driving in a car or something.”

The Creators Project sat down with Erika M. Anderson and Leif Shackelford of EMA to delve into the writing and recording of The Future’s Void. Read more here and watch the revealing video piece below:

EMA is on the road. Tour dates below:

Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

TUNE IN NOW: EMA LIVE ON KEXP

By Rian on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Tune in today at 9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST to 90.3FM or KEXP.org to hear EMA live on The Morning Show from The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

‘The Future’s Void’ was officially released yesterday! Support your local record store OR order ‘The Future’s Void’ directly from us on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl available), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

The band will be hitting the road later this month. Previously announced dates below:

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

‘THE FUTURE’S VOID’ IS OUT NOW

By Rian on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The time is now. Facebook bought Oculus Rift  for $2 billion two weeks ago.  Erika wrote “Satellites” pre-NSA/Snowden. This record is about the time we are living in right now. ‘The Future’s Void’ is officially out today and not a moment too soon.

Erika posted the lyrics to the record on her blog as well as made a statement. See below:

Like the best of rock lyrics, my intention was that many of these words and lines can be interpreted in different ways.  This includes puns or phrases that take on double meanings as they are repeated.  Similar to “The Future’s Void”…  (solace/soulless, earn/urn, my Lucifer/might loose some fur, etc)

A few of these songs I pored over and edited heavily, but most of them were written through improvisation and quite often the take where the lyrics are still being written is the one that ended up on the track.  I like the urgency of that “first take” vibe, and I like the quality of something that is being created in the moment.  I feel like there is a simplicity and a truth to it, and that often gets taken away if you spend too much time consciously editing.

Pop in your local record store, choice of digital outlet OR order ‘The Future’s Void’ directly from us on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

ATTN NYC: EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11. The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing ‘The Future’s Void’ at one of the following NYC record stores:
Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

previously announced US  tour dates:

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA : ‘The Future’s Void’ Streaming via NPR’s “First Listen” / Free Brooklyn Show Details

By Gerard on Monday, March 31st, 2014

“Blending the expansive vision of speculative fiction with the often personal approach of gender-troubling indie rock, The Future’s Void is not so much a concept record as a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float, some familiar and some weird. Musically, it blends the digital and analog in uncanny ways that unsettle any one interpretation.” That’s Ann Powers’ take on EMA’s ‘The Future’s Void’, and 8 days in advance of the North American release of said LP/CD/digital album, NPR’s “First Listen” is streaming the full album here.

As mentioned in this space last week , EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11.  The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing  ‘The Future’s Void’ at one of the following NYC record stores starting Tuesday, April 8 :

Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

The Future’s Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA – “3Jane” Track Premiere, Union Pool Show On April 11.

By Gerard on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

(photo credit : Erika M. Anderson / Leif Shackelford)

In advance of April 8th’s release of the new EMA LP/CD/digital album ‘The Future’s Void’, here’s a premiere of one of the album’s standout tracks, “3Jane”.


from Erika
:

No one was really ever that mean to me on the internet. I never had that “thing” that happens when you wake up one morning and somehow your life is ruined because a mortifying picture goes viral or a “funny” tweet becomes horribly misread. Sure, there were bitchy things in the comments of videos, but organized trolls never unleashed a wave of death threats on me, and only a few people suggested that I kill myself.

So the internet never actually did that to me. But it did that to somebody. And now we all have this stupid crippling fear that someday it will happen to us. And the likelihood increases as you move from relative obscurity to becoming more broadly visible on the internet. There are more cameras on you, more chances to be quoted saying something stupid, and more people out there who relish seeing successful people disgraced and dethroned.

Do you have that fear yet? Do you want it?

Another thing that really fucked me up is that somewhere along the way I feel like I lost control of my image. I feel very confident in making the music I want to make, but I’m not a Mouseketeer. I can try to do it all myself but I run out of time. I don’t know how to pose for a photographer and sometimes when I’m in front of somebody else’s camera I don’t know what to do. So I would do the thing that I had seen before a million times in fashion mags and advertisements because I wanted to do a “good job.” And little by little, these pictures became more sexy and pouty until I didn’t recognize myself anymore. And those images went all around, and the bold-faced pull quotes from articles that didn’t quite get it right were right there next to the too sexy images until they became a thing both separate from me and also made up of me. I got weird disassociation. I got a weird neuromancer and I dyed my hair black and unplugged.

Disassociation is a modern disease

I didn’t set out to write this song and I didn’t know when I wrote it a year ago that right now it would be ok to talk about the internet, because at the time it felt forbidden and shameful to talk about. It just all came out in a flood, a stream of consciousness. And I’m still kind of self-conscious that I said those things out loud. But I don’t think these feelings are unique to me, and I often find that the things that scare and embarrass you are the things that are worth saying.

At the end of the day all I can really do is tell the truth, the truth of what happened and how it made me feel. And if at that point, if you wanna call me a cunt in the youtube comments, that’s on you.

PS –so i wanted this missive to be perfect but instead i kind of just partied IRL. I found myself suddenly with friends and we are imbibing and watching funny videos and laughing. So that’s why this post is a little raw. And I think I’m ok with that.

EMA will be playing Brooklyn’s Union Pool on Friday, April 11.

The Future’s Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle as well.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

previously announced US tour dates after the jump : (more…)

Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin’s Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked “*” are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.

EMA

Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog)

Fucked Up

Thursday March 13 – Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday March 13 – Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 – French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 – Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)

Perfume Genius

Thursday March 13 – St. David’s Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)

Kurt Vile

Wednesday March 12 – Cheer Up Charlie’s, midnight*
Thursday March 13 – Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 – Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 – Red 7, 12:50am*

The Young

Saturday, March 15 – Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 – Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm

EMA – “So Blonde”

By Gabe on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today EMA debuted the second track from her upcoming album The Future’s Void, out April 8th. The song is accompanied by a music video collaboration with acclaimed in-tro-net artist Molly Soda, directed by Vice Cooler:

The Future’s Void is available to pre-order on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl!), and you can add a shirt at real value. iTunes and Amazon are taking orders, too, if that’s how you slice the pizza.

Erika M. Anderson had this to say about the video:

SO BLONDE. The smiling blonde white woman is the most exploited image in the world. Can we talk about that? How about discussing if the selfie is a new form of feminist art or just a direct descendant of capitalist advertising? No? Hmm… Yeah I couldn’t figure out how to put that into a video either. So how’s about I just roll around Venice Beach wearing a Jim Morrison Tshirt while gifs by Molly Soda bounce in and out? Ok! That works! The semiotics of palm trees! Everyone gets the short-hand of SoCal. It’ll look great, be fun, and still gets to ask the important questions: How many bits do we have to reduce the dancing blonde babe to before she is no longer a symbol of sexiness? At what point do tits become simply bits? And who owns the sparkly dolphin anyway???

EMA is hitting the road soon:

March 8 – 10 (SXSW Interactive)
March 12 – 15 (SXSW Music)

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

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EMA Spring Tour

By Claire T on Friday, February 14th, 2014

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

Happy Valentine’s! On this most loving and confusing of all holidays we’re very excited to announce EMA’s Spring North American Tour kicking off shortly after the April 8 release of The Future’s Void. Tickets go on sale TODAY so get ‘em while they’re hot. And while you’re at it visit here to listen to a sampling of songs from The Future’s Void.

Can’t think of a V Day gift for the music lover with exceptional taste in your life? Well you have come to the right place…
Pre-order The Future’s Void on CD, LP, and Cassette on the Matador Store (LP on limited edition lavender vinyl!). Also available bundled with an EMA t-shirt at a discounted price.
Pre-order on iTunes & receive “Satellites” as an instant download.

Watch the “Satellites” video here.

EMA ON TOUR:

March 8 – 10 (SXSW Interactive)
March 12 – 15 (SXSW Music)

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN - The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA - Great Scott

Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

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EMA – ‘The Future’s Void’ album details / “Satellites” video

By The Management on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Matador Records is even more pleased and excited than usual to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released worldwide (ex-Europe) by Matador on April 8 (via City Slang in Europe April 7). The followup to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

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EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album deals with the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” video. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”.  This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats. There’s further details on the making of the “Satellites” video here (“we shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect”).

‘The Future’s Void’ track listing:

Satellites
So Blonde
3Jane
Cthulu
Smoulder
Neuromancer
When She Comes
100 Years
Solace
Dead Celebrity

EMA will be playing select performances during SXSW Music, and touring extensively on release; tour dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette at the Matador Store (LP on limited edition lavender vinyl, also available bundled with a t-shirt at a discounted price).

Pre-order on iTunes & receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

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Coming Spring 2014 : EMA’s ‘The Future’s Void’ (LP/CD/digital album)

By Gerard on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

In early 2014, Matador will be releasing the 2nd album from Portland-based EMA, ‘The Future’s Void’, the followup to 2011′s widely acclaimed ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’ (Souterrain Transmissions) (*- City Slang will be releasing ‘The Future’s Void’ in Europe). The first publicly available track from the new album, “Satellites”, is available today via iTunes.

“Satellites” hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.

The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”

With ‘Satellites’, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

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