Downtown Music Festival: Purity Ring

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Photograph: Sebastian Mlynarski
Purity Ring

Downtown Music Festival. Montreal duo Purity Ring can lay claim to one of last year's strongest debuts with Shrines, an original brand of future-pop that weds sugar-sweet melodies and butchered samples with evocative, deeply creepy lyrics. Live, Megan James and Corin Roddick are a revelation: Roddick’s setup features homemade lanterns, which he hits with drumsticks to trigger sounds, while James is the shrouded, drum-bashing mistress of ceremonies.

Event phone: 212-533-2111
Event website: http://boweryballroom.com
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