EMA w/Downtown Boys

When: Wed., April 30, 9 p.m. 2014

The imagery of EMA’s new album The Future’s Void couldn’t be more of-the-moment — she’s on the cover wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and she’s singing about a dystopian surveillance society on the majestically blown-out lead single “Satellites.” These owe their resonance to a quirk of timing, but it’s not the now-ness of Void that recommends it: At its best, this thing flat-out rips. The woman behind the acronym, Erika M. Anderson, has described the scuzzy folk-rock deconstruction “So Blonde” as “meta-grunge,” and it’s true: The dream of the ’90s lives on here, to some degree. Not just the caterwauling, pedal-stomping ’90s, which appears more in spirit than form, but also flashes of the choking damaged-robot angst that made Brainiac’s proto-electroclash swan song seethe with power — rebooted with sleek melodies and glossily skinned for fresh new ears. STEVE HARUCH

Price: $10


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