Photo by Seve Martinez

Former Gowns member and critically acclaimed “Next Big Thing” EMA hits the road this July for a North American tour to promote her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, which dropped on Souterrain Transmissions last week.

Listening to EMA’s Past Life Martyred Saints, it’s easy to understand all the hype. EMA, or Erika M. Anderson, is a welcome throwback to all of the best parts of the early ’90s. Her breathy voice, moody lyrics and deliciously dark chord progressions are reminiscent of everything that was ever good about Courtney Love. The music video for “Milkman,” directed by artist William Rahilly, is a delightfully strange art romp that led one blogger to call EMA indie rock’s Lady Gaga.[/vimeo]

Check below for the full list of EMA’s summer tour dates. For more on EMA, check out her blog or follow her surprisingly entertaining Twitter account.

Tour Dates For EMA:
06/02 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
06/04 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop*
06/06 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*
06/07 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern*
06/09 – Boise, ID – Neurolux*
06/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
06/11 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive*
06/13 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room*
06/14 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill*
06/15 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
07/15 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
07/16 – Columbus, OH – The Summit
07/18 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
07/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
07/20 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (8 p.m.)
07/20 – New York, NY – Glasslands Gallery (11 p.m.)
07/21 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
07/22 – Montreal, QC – Quai Des Brumes
07/23 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
*supporting Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.