Entries tagged with: Purity Ring
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Purity Ring @ Terminal 5 6/3/2015
It certainly has been interesting to watch Purity Ring's transformation from their early days as a somewhat mysterious act with a fantastical/whimsical stage show to the band that played Terminal 5 twice this week on their tour and, last night (6/3), had singer Megan James crowdsurfing in her white jumpsuit. While the unique visual elements are still there -- they still use those illuminated percussion pods -- Purity Ring are now entirely sleek, confident, and purposeful. With their recently released sesecond album, Another Eternity, taking them further into dance music territory (and popularity), it will be interesting to see where things head next.
Yet their roots still show, as their choice of openers -- both old friends -- make clear. Braids, who have made an equally dramatic shift in direction towards dance music, gave a terrific set, and Purity Ring's old Gobble Gobble bandmate, Born Gold, opened the night. Pictures continue below...
Austin's Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue (via)
Hey guys, due to flooding in the downtown area, we are canceling tonight's show. Be safe out there.— The Hawk (@mohawkaustin) May 25, 2015
Austin, TX -- our home away from home, one of the biggest music cities in the US, home of SXSW, ACL, Fun Fun Fun Fest, countless musicians, venues, friends and many great people -- was hit hard by heavy rains that caused horrible flooding all over the city and other parts of Texas and Oklahoma. As you may have heard and seen on the news, the flooding took out trees, cars, homes and businesses. At least ten people lost their lives and more are still missing. Animals were evacuated from shelters.
The North Lamar of area in Austin got particularly hit hard (check out video below).
Among other more important things, this played havoc with scheduled concerts. Purity Ring's show at Stubb's on Saturday (5/23) got postponed to Monday at Austin Music Hall (5/25) which, in turn, then got canceled. This Wednesday's kickoff to the free "Blues on the Green" series at Zilker Park (an Antone's 40th-anniversary celebration) is postponed till June 3 (Jimmy Vaughn and the "special guest" are still scheduled to perform). The Mohawk on Red River, as you can see in a tweet above, cancelled a show, though some places (like Scoot Inn and Shangri-La) went out of their way to make sure people knew they would stay open the same night.
The Austin Chronicle has a list of resources for those in need. Some videos of the weather chaos are below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
Purity Ring's second album, Another Eternity, is out today (3/3) via 4AD and if you haven't checked it out yet, you can stream it via Rdio, below. There's an NYC record release party tonight (3/3) at Elvis Guesthouse and, while the band won't be playing (they might be there though), there will be DJ sets from Blue Hawaii, Empress Of, and Kuhrye-00. It starts at 9 PM and free.
Meanwhile, Purity Ring's 2015 tour with Braids and Born Gold will start in May and hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, but they've added a second T5 show the next night (6/3). Tickets for the 6/3 T5 show goes on sale Friday (3/6) at noon.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Purity Ring at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Canadian electronic pop duo Purity Ring will put out their anticipated sophomore album, Another Eternity, on 4AD next week (3/3). They've already released two songs, and now they're streaming the entire thing. On first listen, the EDM pop of seventh track "Flood on the Floor" is sounding like an early highlight. Check it out for yourself over at NPR.
If you pre-order the album, you get early singles "Push Pull" and "Begin Again" as instant downloads, as well as the brand new third single, "Bodyache," which can also be streamed below.
Purity Ring also have a tour announced, and since we last posted, two of their fellow Canadian pop pals Braids and Born Gold were added as openers. You may remember that before forming Purity Ring, Corin Roddick played in Gobble Gobble, the band that became known as Born Gold.
The tour hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5, and tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Braids recently announced that their third album, Deep in the Iris, would be out April 28 via Arbutus. Listen to lead single "Miniskirt" with the album tracklist below.
Born Gold has also been dropping a new song every month, his newest being January's "Here We Are." Listen below.
The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.
Full lineup is listed below...
photo: Purity Ring at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring already announced that their second album, Another Eternity, would be out on March 3 via 4AD, and now they've announced a lengthy world tour in support of it. The tour hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5, their largest show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).
All dates are listed, with streams of the album's two singles, below...
by Andrew Sacher
In December, Purity Ring returned with "Push Pull," their first single since their 2012 debut LP, and they've now announced that the song will appear on their upcoming sophomore album, Another Eternity, due out March 3 via 4AD. They've also revealed a second single, "Begin Again," which is yet another dose of Purity Ring's distinct brand of off-kilter pop. Listen below.
Pre-orders begin today too, and if you get it via iTunes, it comes with instant downloads of both singles.
It's been two years since the release of Purity Ring's 2012 debut, Shrines, and they've now dropped their first new song since then, "Push Pull." It's a little poppier than the stuff on Shrines but it's unmistakably a Purity Ring song. Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
Virginia rapper GoldLink (not to be confused with metal band Gridlink) released his free debut mixtape, The God Complex, earlier this year. It's fast-paced sing-songy rap that fans of Chance the Rapper should dig, and the production is mostly forward-thinking Warm Up/BEMF-style electronic music, with one song ("Divine") even diving into Disclosure-style house (not unlike Chance the Rapper's pal Vic Mensa). You can download the whole thing here and stream it below.
GoldLink is in fact playing MoMA PS1's Warm Up this year, on July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, UNiiQU3 (who also opens for Evian Christ tonight) and Suicideyear. That's a great bill, and tickets are still available.
Not long before that, he'll play another NYC show at Webster Hall on July 11 for the venue's Girls & Boys party. The DJs for the night are Purity Ring's Corin Roddick (who's also on the new Ab-Soul album) and Empress Of, plus G&B regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile the other half of Purity Ring, Megan James, also has a DJ date coming up, at Imagine Festival in Atlanta.
All GoldLink and Empress Of dates are listed, with his album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul's been talking about his new album These Days... for a while now, and it finally came out today (6/24) via TDE (not Interscope). Like his fellow Black Hippy members Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar did with their recent albums, you can tell Soulo went all out here and really wanted to make an "album" with multiple interludes, smartly placed guest spots, and well-executed transitions from song to song. Kendrick and Schoolboy Q appear on the LP, as do Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Rock, SZA, Jhene Aiko and more, plus excellent production from Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, DJ Dahi of Pac Div, J. Cole, Dave Free, Sounwave, and Tae Beast of TDE regulars Digi+Phonics and more.
Ab-Soul's love of drug references and tripped-out sounds are all over the record, but it's not a one tricky pony drug-rap album or anything. Like good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Oxymoron, there are the songs for your headphones, the songs for parties/live shows, and plenty that go both ways. He quotes Drake, mimics Chief Keef, and shouts out a particular trip to New York: "I'm on my way to NYC, last time I was there I swear I sold out SOB's." Presumably he's referring to this show.
Ab-Soul will be on his way back to NYC to headline the 4Knots afterparty on July 12 at Webster Hall with YC the Cynic and Jarren Benton. Tickets for that show are still available. His buddy Schoolboy Q will be in NYC for a Central Park show this week (tix).
Stream These Days... in full below...
Kanye West at Governors ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar @ Barclays Center
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. Plus he's got one of the best current younger rappers opening tonight's show.
Cut Copy @ Le Poisson Rouge
Australian synth pop band Cut Copy returned with their new album Free Your Mind this year, and tonight they play their first NYC show since its release. It's a free, intimate, NPR/KCRW taping, and though it's "sold" out, if you didn't get tickets you can stream it online.
Metric @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of bigger bands in intimate venues, Metric, who just opened for Paramore at MSG and last headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC, returns for this small show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Sold out of course.
Mavis Staples @ City Winery
Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is still very active, touring consistently and continuing to release new music (including this year's Jeff Tweedy of Wilco-produced One True Vine). Tonight she returns to NYC for her second time this year for a three-night run at City Winery.
Been Trill, L-Vis 1990, Total Freedom, Purity Ring (DJ Set), MXM / Sang Bleu London @ Output
This whole bill should keep you dancing all night, but it will be especially exciting to see what Purity Ring's got in store. Their DJ set at CMJ featured some guest appearances and we heard it got pretty crazy.
Lena Dunham, David Sedaris @ Carnegie Hall
Before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up tonight with Girls creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage.
Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Ken Rebel, DJ Two Three, Dice The God, Cannibal Ox @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Underground hip hop vets Cannibal Ox have been playing shows again lately, and though they don't headline this one, it's another chance to see the duo back in action.
Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus @ New York Public Library
This is a discussion about Third Man Records new, massive The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932 box set. Sold out.
Tree, Illmind @ Glasslands
Tree's been doing pretty well in his local Chicago hip hop scene, and tonight we'll get a chance to see him do it in NYC.
Midnight Eye, Blackout, Surgeon, Throaat @ Acheron
Epic shred commence: DC's Midnight Eye team up with BK's own Blackout (who have the best band pic ever) and Philly's Surgeon for a night of trad-leaning, capital-letters Heavy Metal. Extra local support from local black/thrashers Throaat.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).
Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.
Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.
Arcade Fire at MSG in 2010 (more by Jonathan Bayer)
If MTV still gets to have a music awards show, then surely YouTube should get one too right? Well this November, for the first year ever, there will be a YouTube Music Awards show, which was created with Spike Jonze.
The live event will take place in NYC on November 3 at Pier 36 with performances by Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Eminem, plus musicians who have gained recognition via Youtube, including Lindsey Stirling and Cdza, and more. The show will also stream live online.
The awards nominations will be announced in mid-October. More info here.
Eminem also has a new LP on the way.
So does Lady Gaga, but first she releases a remix EP for its single "Applause" today (10/1), which features a remix from Purity Ring (who also appear on the new Danny Brown album). Stream their remix below.
Rapper Danny Brown has been planning the release of his much-anticipated new album, Old, for some time now, and the whole thing can finally be streamed via Spotify. Check it out below.
The album features appearances from Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, and more, plus production from Rustie, Darq E Freaker, Oh No (who plays NYC tonight [9/30]), A-Trak, and more. It officially comes out on October 8 via Fool's Gold.
Danny is currently wrapping up a tour with Action Bronson and Trash Talk (who played their own show at 285 Kent over the weekend), and he'll play NYC again when he opens for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 on November 22 with Doldrums. Tickets for that show are still available. Danny also would have played NJ's Rock The Bells this weekend, but that's been cancelled.
Album stream below...
Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.
You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.
The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
Polyphonc Spree in Rocky Horror mode / Deap Vally @ Bonnaroo 6/13/13
The absolute highlight of Thursday night for me was the Polyphonic Spree and their rendition of Rocky Horror Picture Show. With just a jump to the left and a step to the right, Tim DeLaughter in his fishnets and ruby red lips belted out with near perfection every Dr. Frank-N-Furter song. Vocally it was pretty impressive how each member of the Spree took on their RHPS role and sounded almost identical to the original recording. This was only the group's second US performance of RHPS live and it was a real treat to be a part of and doing the "Time Warp" in an air conditioned tent was splendid! - [Greatful Web]Bonnaroo 2013 is certainly quite a bit to take in a single weekend, with all of the many different bands/perspecives going around. We already posted pictures from the big headliners, but here's another perspective from the massive Tennesee festival. Day 1 (6/13) also featured acts like Purity Ring, Johnny Fritz (who appears a little banged up here), Araabmuzik, Deap Vally and even The Polyphonic Spree performing The Rocky Horror Picture show.
Purity Ring @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/11/2013
Still flying on the fuel of their acclaimed debut, Montreal's Purity Ring delivered a memorable 50 minute performance for the Downtown Music Festival) crowd at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. (The fest's shirts just called it "DTF.") The Canadian synthpop duo played the majority of the tracklist off of 2012 release Shrines. The double encore featured their cover of Soulja Boy's "Grammy" and finished with "Fineshrine."
Thumping bass-lines were transmitted directly from the band's custom-built, tree-shaped percussive light show (that we've been familiar with for nearly a year), through three cubed speakers which doubled as protruding stage extensions. Wedding-dressed singer Megan James waved a construction torch around closer while sharing the intimacy of the crowd.
Fellow Albertan, the barefooted Thomas Arsenault (who goes by the name of Mas Ysa) warmed the crowd up with some of his own beat heavy knob-twiddling.
You can also read about Black Hippy, Earl Sweatshirt and other Downtown Music Fest shows from Friday HERE with additional coverage on the way. More pictures from Saturday's Bowery show show are below...
Kendrick Lamar at SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
A whole bunch of other tickets just went on sale too.
Day-by-day schedule for Downtown Music Festival below...
TEEN @ Glasslands. Sept. 2013 (more by Courtney Dudley)
The Downtown Music Festival happens in two weeks (May 10 - 11) at NYC venues on or below Houston St. A few artists have been added to the fest's line-up: Nguzunguzu, Antwon, TEEN, Branchez, Mess Kid, Jade <3 & Blind Benny, Anais Mitchell, Crush Distance and Nire & Nani. Tickets (single day and two-day passes, and VIP passes) are still available.
The festival has also announced the daily line-ups, so we now know things like that Black Hippy and Fat Tony will be playing at Capitale on Friday night (5/10); Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon will be at Element on Friday; and Ratking, Black Dave, Vashtie, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire and Jade <3 & Blind Benny will be at Tammany Hall on Saturday night (5/11), to name a few. Check out the full schedule below.
photos by Wei Shi
Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.
Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...
Autre Ne Veut at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year, including NYC from May 10 to 11 across various LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more.
In addition to the previously announced lineup of Black HIppy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Palma Violets, Teengirl Fantasy, and others; more acts have just been added. Those new acts include Andrewy Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Autre Ne Veut, Guards, Ryan Hemsworth, Port St. Willow, Kilo Kish, Ratking, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Vashtie, Fat Tony, d'Eon and Kingdom (playing with Kelela, who sang a song on the Teengirl Fantasy album last year and sings a song on the new Kingdom EP this year, which you can listen to below).
Palma Violets at BV SXSW 2013 day party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year with a lineup that includes Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock all playing together), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave, plus more TBA.
The first festival takes place in NYC from May 10 to 11 across multiple venues, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and Element. The full lineup and schedule for the NYC shows has not been announced yet, but we do know that it includes the previously announced Palma Violets show at Bowery Ballroom (which is now sold out, but tickets are still available for PV's MHOW show a day earlier). We also hear that they're trying to put up an outdoor stage and shut down Ludlow St to car traffic (which Pianos and Cake Shop are both on) for the festival, but no exact word on how that will work out.
After NYC, the festival will also pass through Philly, Toronto, Boston, LA, Denver, and Las Vegas, but the dates for those cities has not been announced yet.
Danny Brown at Roseland, October 2012 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Danny Brown has a string of dates with Bauuer that kick off in April, but shortly thereafter you can see the MC continue his trek, turning those dates into part of a full North American Jaunt. Though Bauuer won't join DB for all of those dates, he has enlisted Kitty (she dropped the "Pryde") for the tail end of the tour that will include an NYC stop at Irving Plaza on May 7. Ticketing info is on the way.
Not only is Danny Brown returning to the road, he has ALSO returned to the booth too! He recently dropped the new track "#Hottest MC," a new Harry-Fraud blessed burner due on his forthcoming LP Old. Look for the LP to feature a grip of homies as well, including Purity Ring, A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Rustie, Kitty and more. All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "#Hottest MC," are below.