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MusicfestNW: EMA, Twin Sister, Blouse, Sun Angle 

When: Thu., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $12
On her debut album/personal crisis Past Life Martyred Saints, local spitfire Erika M. Anderson (EMA) eclipses the primal intimacy of her prior bands, Gowns and Amps for Christ, thanks to some bottom-of-the-spiral lyrics that rival the anxiety saturating her purgative noise-rock. With refreshingly candid lyrics and the kind of callous you can't fake, Anderson sings, "I'm just 22/I don't mind dying," and it seems that she actually believes it. The record's explicitness is its most endearing quality, forcing listeners to wonder what wrought her gush of confessionalism. That's what EMA does best. She sucks you into her world. This is vicarious and visceral music, intended for the damaged and fearless. CHRIS CANTINO

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