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Wednesday, March 16 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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EMA comes from South Dakota, the dead center of America's great empty heartland. She moved to LA when she was 18 because she really liked "Welcome to the Jungle". There she started playing with legendary folk/noise outfit Amps For Christ and formed the band GOWNS with Ezra Buchla, whose electrifying live shows caused Pitchfork to declare them "one of the most heart-stoppingly great live bands on earth". There has never been another professional artist or musician in her family. Despite having only 2 years of childhood piano lessons and no formal audio training, she writes, records and produces all her own music. Of all of these, EMA approaches producing with a focus that borders on obsession, creating a unique sonic signature that plays with fidelity, song structure, and the analog / digital divide. She also plays guitar like Iggy plays a microphone, showcasing her brutal yet melodic style in a 25 minute feedback opening for Throbbing Gristle on their last US tour. Her first solo record, Past Life Martyred Saints is going to be released in Spring of 2011 on City Slang / Souterrain Transmissions, and reflects the diversity of her barroom jukebox aesthetic. Defiant of micro-genre classification, it includes a 4track grunge eulogy, a blown out "trashy" 80s dance romp, a badly damaged 60s girl group weeper, and even her take on a hip hop piano ballad. She has a hard time answering the common question 'what sort of music do you make?' "Well what sort of music does Elvis Costello make? Or the Beatles? Or Velvet Underground? Rock? I guess I make rock music." An answer which seems at once kind of simple yet also refreshingly freeing.

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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... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Skinny's Ballroom

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