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Purity Ring // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Purity Ring are known for their use of light in the live performances (just watch their KEXP in-studio set here), and now the Canadian electro-pop duo illuminate their video for "heartsigh," a track from their latest 4AD full-length Another Eternity. Directors Cecil Frena and Alex Fischer capture the band playing amongst 2,500 LED lights, an art piece by UK collective Squidsoup. Watch below: [Under the Radar]

  • Restless garage-rockers Thee Oh Sees have a new 7" single coming out in February, and we've got a sneak peek with the track "Fortress" below. The track is reported to have come out of the Mutilator Defended At Last sessions, and will hit stores February 12th via Castle Face. The band are reportedly already working on a new album, slated to be out by Spring. [Consequence of Sound]

  • Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete announced earlier this year that he's been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but it hasn't stopped his creative output. Fekete shares a solo release titled Burner, out now via Joyful Noise. In a statement, Fekete explains, "Sometime between March and June of 2015 while healing from two surgeries and starting chemotherapy, I hunched over my four track and created this disaster. No multiple takes, no expensive mics, no outside direction... just me in my bedroom with a very cheap, bare bones setup. Some of these songs reflect on good times, days I'm able to walk on my own, talk, and function like a somewhat normal human being. Others remind me of barfing between vocal takes, wheel chairs, dilaudid withdrawals, and tears, from my family, my spouse, my dear friends. However, like everything in my life, I did manage to find some humor in my situation, and I hope that helps level out all the heavy stuff." Listen below: [Pitchfork]

  • It's been a while since we last heard from Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, but they'll return early next year with the full-length A Man Alive. Sample the first single "Nobody Dies" below. Frontwoman Thao Nguyen says the album is her most personal one yet. "The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory. It’s a document of my life in conjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other." A Man Alive hits stores March 4th on Ribbon Music. [Consequence of Sound]

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