With everyone—from Fiona Apple to your sophomore-year roommate who used to get high and make beats on his laptop—heading down to Austin for this year’s South by Southwest festival, this weekend has less noteworthy concerts than almost any other. Nevertheless, EMA, she who famously began last year’s #15 Pazz & Jop single with a resolute “Fuck California,” now says “Fuck Texas” and comes to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to play tracks off her #15 Pazz & Jop album Past Life Martyred Saints. Expect an emotional Lou Reed–influenced performance, sung, whispered, and pleaded over droning guitars. With Nu Sensae.
Fri., March 16, 9 p.m., 2012