While hosting Empress Of's five night-long residency a few weeks back, the East Village's newly opened Elvis Guesthouse was jam-packed. People stood on tables, straddled railings, struggled for purchase over just a few inches of proximity to Lorely Rodriguez, who patiently waited at her synth for the crowd to quiet down. Rodriguez emanates this kind of frenzied magnetism even off stage, which is funny for a petite brunette with a wild tangle of curls and a speaking voice so soft and lilting she sounds like a Honduran Björk. We wanted a piece of her magic, so we asked her how she lives.
All images courtesy Lorely Rodriguez