Erika M. Anderson has successfully shed her innocuous South Dakota upbringing and managed to make quite a name for herself in the indie-music world. In recent years, she played with the noise-rock outfit Amps for Christ, and then formed the languidly experimental Gowns with the Mae Shi's Ezra Buchla. After Gowns disbanded, she set off on her own as EMA, and that's when her career truly took off. EMA arrived on a massive wave of hype and hyperbole, with a fragile, intoxicating voice and a diaphanous sound that easily captured the attention of the taste-makers. In the past, her uneven live show had yet to match the stirring elegance of her critically lauded full-length, Past Life Martyred Saints, but EMA is at her most seasoned for this visit. 18+.
Thu., March 8, 8 p.m., 2012