Empress Of dazzles with dark pop chops at the Independent

Empress Of knows she's on to something, but wears her pop swagger with with a cloak of humility. Her show at The Independent last night was a testament to this. As each moment passed, it felt like her confidence and sense of self crescendoed with time. Once she shed this proverbial cocoon of early show jitters, her stunning pop artistry shone to its full heights and took the crowd up with her. Washington, D.C.'s Gems opened up the show with atmospheric electro-pop that was carried with funky samples and chillwave vibes. The duo looked the bohemian part, but still had the humble nature of an opener, [...]

By |March 2, 2016|Tags: |

Empress Of to woo the Independent on March 1

Lorely Rodriguez is a songwriter and singer who performs under the name Empress Of. She makes music that is personal, sensual, purposeful, and unstoppable. She has the skill to create avant-R&B music that not only is about her own experience, but is danceable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLDCjV5TsYc Her debut full length album Me,  was released September 11, 2015 by XL Recordings and Terrible Records. This album is not only beautiful but was created in a beautiful way. Rodriguez isolated herself in a small pueblo in Mexico that is mainly used for vacations to get in touch with her self and her art. She [...]

By |February 26, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Sept 30 – Oct 6

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Empress Of, Abra at The Rickshaw Stop (SF) Sept. 29 People simply aren't talking enough about how great Empress Of's Me is, but the Rickshaw Stop was packed last Tuesday with fans more than willing to dance to Lorely Rodriguez's immaculately crafted electronic-pop. The artist hit the [...]

Review: Jamie Lidell, Empress Of @ The Independent, 3/29/13

Typically, a sold out show at the Independent is a shoulder-to-shoulder rowdy good time: drunk fans yell and cheer, bodies sway, merriment ensues. Even more often, a bombastic light show simply enhances the experience for all parties, drunk and sober. Forget that. On Friday night, UK soul/warped-electro funk artist Jamie Lidell managed to gather all the good will in the room and deflate it, slowly but surely, using a deadly combination of un-danceable dance beats and forgettable vocal noodle-ings, all of which managed to take his rather enticing studio work and grind it down into its most useless parts — [...]

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