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7:03 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

EMA's new album, The Future's Void, comes out April 8.
Leif Shackelford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:53 am

Erika M. Anderson appreciates the flickering quality of meaning. She likes the sparks that fly off sounds, igniting constructive confusion: the buzz that makes an old synth sound like a guitar, or the way an acoustic beat can crash into an electronic one to make a whole nervous system of rhythm. She's also into wordplay, starting with the name of her ongoing project EMA — an acronym that could stand for a government agency but, read another way, is a feminine name. Then there's the title of her second album, The Future's Void, with its odd, homonym-like instability.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'

Protomartyr's new album, Under Color of Official Right, comes out April 8.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 6:11 am

There's nothing wrong with music that doubles as an outpouring of joy: sing-along choruses, ecstatic vocals, outsize emotion — a positive outlook on life, generally speaking. If that's your thing, Protomartyr is here to spill it all over the front of your nice, new shirt, possibly scalding you in the process.

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First Listen
7:02 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Teebs, 'E S T A R A'

Teebs' new album, E S T A R A, comes out April 8.
Theo Jemison Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:03 am

Teebs is a signature member of the collective surrounding Brainfeeder, an iconoclastic electronic label stationed in L.A. As per the habits of its exploratory founder Flying Lotus, it's big into refractions of beats and bass. Most of the roster, in different ways, favors the peculiar and the strange, but it's all very heady, too.

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First Listen
7:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'

Ratking's album So It Goes comes out April 8.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:18 am

There is hardly a title in music as onerous as "New York hip-hop artist." Attached to that description are preconceived notions about look, sound and subject matter, coupled with the stigma of being from a place that has gone from being the most prominent and relevant locale in hip-hop to struggling to stay a part of the conversation.

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Music
1:06 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

'We Like Struggle': Black Lips On The Will To Entertain

Black Lips' latest album is Underneath the Rainbow. Left to right: Jared Swilley, Joe Bradley, Cole Alexander, Ian St. Pé.
Mick Rock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:02 am

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