Entries tagged with: Purity Ring
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.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Purity Ring at Webster Hall - 1/11/13
Purity Ring brought their North American tour with Young Magic to NYC for two sold Webster Hall shows this past weekend (Friday [1/11] and Saturday [1/12]). Pictures of night 1 are in this post.
Purity Ring's light show, which has been awesome from the beginning, continues to gradually evolve, and they had new elements brought into it at the shows to complement their move up to a larger venue (you may remember it was only about a year and a quarter ago that they were opening for Neon Indian at Webster Hall). In addition to playing the songs from their 2012 debut album, Shrines, they covered Soulja Boy's "Grammy," which you can watch a video of, plus others from the show, below. And like they did at Le Poisson Rouge last year, they brought out Young Magic frontman Isaac Emmanuel to sing his part on "Grandloves."
More pictures of night 1 and those videos below...
Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).
At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.
In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).
What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."
You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.
His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.
Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring's debut album Shrines has been a mainstay on Best of 2012 lists, from NME and SPIN to personal lists from Freelance Whales and Bowery Presents' Josh Moore. They also had some of the more visually-striking shows of the year and were the #5 Most Blogged About Artist of 2012 according to the Hype Machine, which we're continuing to fuel with this post. Purity Ring sold out the initial NYC date of their upcoming 2013 tour, so a second Webster Hall show was added (1/12, tickets still available). They've had a big year.
But what did Purity Ring like this year? Corin Roddick, one half of the Montreal duo, gave us his unranked list of favorite songs of 2012. Did "Call Me Maybe" make the cut? Check out his list below.