Thursday, September 11, 2014
CONCERT PREVIEW: Spoon w/ EMA at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee 9/17
It's concert season in the Milwaukee. No more festivals. We now get to huddle around each other in the warmth of the best theaters in the Midwest. Fall brings in tons of fantastic shows, and Wednesday, September 17th starts the beginning of a fantastic month and a half of shows, as Milwaukee brings in indie rock group Spoon with special guest EMA.
Erika M Anderson, or EMA as she's known in the music world, is a singer-songwriter from South Dakota (yes... South Dakota), who got her start in drone rock outfit Gowns. She's been heavily talked about since her debut solo album, "Past Life Martyred Saints" was released in 2011, gaining notoriety with tracks like "California" and rave reviews from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the like.
Her follow up "The Future's Void" is straddling the fine line between electronic and organic rock music, with heavy amounts of noise and even more heavy lyrics that provide dark, startling imagery, focusing on technology while not succumbing to stereotypical uses of electronics in music. EMA feeds off of improvisation, and that will typically give way to a fantastic live show. For a taste of the live goods, check out her recent network television debut, performing "Neuromancer" on Late Show w/ David Letterman.
EMA will provide a fine opening set for indie rockers Spoon, who dabble in experimentation on stage themselves.
Recently releasing their eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, Spoon is back on the road, trying to showcase new tricks, after releasing two of the best albums of the last ten years with Gimme Fiction in 2005, and following up with Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007. Their following, self-produced album Transference, fell a little short but nevertheless still provided enough solid music to keep Spoon in listeners hearts. And, let's be honest, it was going to be difficult to follow up two of the most popular rock albums of the times.
They Want My Soul picks up where Transference left off, with plenty of electronic drum beats, keys, guitar riffs, and Britt Daniel's raspy, growling voice. I was pleasantly surprised by their latest album, going in to my first listen not expecting too much. But tracks like "Do You", "Rent I Pay" and "Inside Out" will fit right in to a Spoon live set next Wednesday.
Check out their full performance from KEXP below, and purchase your tickets for the show here.