Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA, is unapologetically loud and “SOOO BLONDE” as she hoarsely screams on the track of the same name off her second solo effort, The Future’s Void. Previously, the South Dakota–born singer had been in a pair of startlingly raucous and excellent bands (Amps for Christ and Gowns) that left audiences speechless and exhausted after live shows. On her own, EMA has proven even more successful with the dystopian nightmares of her music and “meta grunge” of her lyrics, as they’ve been described. Her sound and style comes from the lineage of Courtney Love, an inspiration Anderson has cited, where her vulnerability and noise mesh together to make something truly explosive.
Fri., April 25, 10:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 23, 2014