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Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Jon Hopkins & Purity Ring – “Breathe This Air” Video (NSFW)

Earlier this year, the London producer and frequent Brian Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins released Immunity, an album of restrained, architectural house music. After the album was out, Purity Ring’s Megan James added vocals to a new version of the album track “Breathe This Air.” And now director Anthony Dickenson has made a video for that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013 - 11:30 am

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Win Polaris Music Prize 2013

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! won this year’s Polaris Music Prize, the annual award for Canadian Album Of The Year as chosen by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers. Hosted by previous Polaris nominees Kathleen Edwards and Shad, this year’s ceremony was held in Toronto earlier this evening and featured… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 23, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Lady Gaga – “Applause (Purity Ring Remix)”

Purity Ring are stomping with the big dogs now. Lady Gaga has roped the Toronto spectral-synth duo into doing an official remix of “Applause,” her kinda-desperate new drama-nerd anthem. For the reworking, Purity Ring producer Corin Roddick removed everything besides the vocal track and built the gasping goth-dance track around it. Whatever Roddick does to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 10:59 am

Jon Hopkins – “Breathe This Air” (Feat. Purity Ring)

London producer Jon Hopkins and Purity Ring have an active creative relationship. Last month, Hopkins remixed the electronic duo’s Shrines track “Amenamy” and he also has a production credit on “Saltkin” from the album. Here, Purity Ring singer Megan James returns the favor, providing vocals for “Breathe This Air” from Hopkins’ June-released album Immunity. Hopki… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

Purity Ring – “Amenamy (Jon Hopkins Remix)”

Earlier this year, the London producer and frequent Brian Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins released his Immunity LP, a prettily translucent house-music that walks the line between dance music and in-your-brain music. (Ask Amrit about it; it is his shit.) And now, Hopkins has applied that same aesthetic to “Amenamy,” a ghostly track from Purity Ring’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2013 - 10:24 am

Dre Skull – “First Time” (Feat. Popcaan & Purity Ring’s Megan James)

The Brooklyn producer Dre Skull started out making spazzy DIY dance music, but he’s since become an unlikely hitmaker in the universe of dancehall reggae. And his new single “First Time” goes a long way toward uniting both of his worlds, with Purity Ring singer Megan James singing a wide-eyed, lovestruck vocal over Dre Skull’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013 - 11:37 am

Purity Ring – “Grammy” (Soulja Boy Cover)

I thought that the biggest head-scratcher of the day would go to Beck and his enormous cover of “Sound And Vision” but I believe the honor goes to Purity Ring for their rendition of Soulja Boy’s “Grammy” — bonus points for such a timely release. The one-off applies the band’s ambient pop to Soulja’s original… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013 - 4:36 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t know if it’s a seasonal affective disorder thing or what, but this is the week when almost all the really good videos got all dark and twisty and Lynchian and strange. Other than the Best Coast video, which stands in stark counterpoint to all the others, the videos below are what happens whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Purity Ring – “Lofticries” Video

AG Rojas (Spiritualized’s “Hey Jane,” Jack White’s “Sixteen Saltines“) takes the helm of Purity Ring’s new video for “Lofticries,” a clip that stitches together strange, somewhat chilling scenes through the eyes of several different protagonists. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 12, 2012 - 9:36 am

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Progress Report: Purity Ring

Name: Purity Ring
Progress Report: Corin Roddick discusses success, Shrines, and the perils of building your own instruments.

Purity Ring have only been making music for two years, but the duo of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals) have managed to generate a mountain of buzz, book a series of high… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / July 25, 2012 - 11:20 am

Stream Purity Ring Shrines

Montreal’s Purity Ring first became internet-famous on the strength of their first two or three songs, so imagine what a full album is going to do for them. Next week, Shrines, the duo’s much-anticipated debut album reaches stores, and we can now finally hear the thing in full. The album is streaming at NPR right… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Dirty Projectors, ASAP Rocky, Purity Ring & More

Friday’s first day of Pitchfork Festival wasted no time getting into it, where many festival entrants walked in to the fully-wrought hypnotic swirl of Lower Dens, a set that eventually gave way to the raucous appearance of the ASAP Mob, all before dinner time. Once again, one of the country’s most manageable, well-paced festivals hit… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Purity Ring – “Fineshrine” Video

Purity Ring’s stellar Shrines single “Fineshrine” pairs cloud rap production with gross anatomy lyrics, and video director Young Replicant does that as literally (and sumptuously) as possible in this winning clip: bodies are bruised, sliced, and stitched up; planes are rolling through crystalline and clear skies; eyes are blue, faces are long and pensive, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 11, 2012 - 10:29 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012

It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”

Purity Ring’s a 4AD commodity now, releasing an album for the shape-shifting label following a string of excellent singles. Most of those singles are gonna make it to the Shrines LP, and so is “Fineshrine,” a previously unheard hazed and melodic laptop R&B cut that is for you if you are a fan of anything… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 20, 2012 - 11:28 am

Purity Ring – “Belispeak” Video

Purity Ring’s video for “Belispeak” finds the band’s vocalist Megan James in a swampy, fantastical world in line with the songs murky, jilting futurescape. It’s got a pretty eerie ending, too. BREWER directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 8:47 am