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This Is Us: In Conversation with Empress Of

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Empress Of | photo by Adam Elramly | courtesy of the artist

As Empress Of, Lorely Rodriguez crafts precise, deeply personal electronic pop that’s both specific to her own life experiences and relatable for any number of listeners who have had their own. That ability for her music to take on more collective significance is mirrored and magnified with her sophomore album, Us, which found her branching out sonically and thematically to explore the fruits and feelings that come from working with and opening up to others after the emotional autonomy of her 2015 debut Me. Ahead of her show at Boot & Saddle this Wednesday, Lorely and I talked about that shift and all that went into and came out of it… Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Empress Of will bring Us to Boot and Saddle in February

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Empress Of | photo by Adam Elramly | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn-via-LA singer and songwriter Lorely Rodriguez, better known as the electronic pop artist Empress Of, released her excellent new record Us today. It’s her second full-length release, and sees her emphasizing the “pop” end of “electropop” more than we’ve heard in the past, particularly on the incredibly catchy, multi-lingual single “When I’m With Him.”

You can spend 32 minutes with Us right here, and if you dig what you hear, get ready for a night at Boot and Saddle this winter, since Empress Of plays the South Philly venue on February 20th, the third night of her just-announced tour.
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Cap off the summer with Empress Of at Making Time’s RAD-B-Q party

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Empress Of | photo by @bbbairoaaa via Instagram

The annual end-of-summer-blow-out that is the Making Time Labor Day Weekend Party is back, taking over Delaware Ave’s Bamboo Bar this Sunday, September 6th. The “outdoor oasis” will play host to the Making Time DJs (Dave P. and Sammy Slice), Mike Z., Dave Pak and a special appearance by NYC electronic artist Empress Of. Listen to her new song “Kitty Kat” below and pick up tickets for the event here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamie Lidell at Union Transfer, Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie, THe Appleseed Cast with Belgrade at the First Unitarian Church

jamielidell8-credit_nicole_nodlandBritish performer Jamie Lidell will be at Union Transfer tonight.  Over his six-album career, Lidell has worked with Beck, Feist and Simian Mobile Disco.  Lidell is currently touring in support of his recent self-titled Warp Records release, which sees the soul singer adopt a more electronic dance vibe instead of his usual R&B tinged soul angle.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Jamie Lidell’s “You Naked.”

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