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Purity Ring, Evian Christ, Nite Jewel

Data Breaker

Sebastian Mynarski

PURITY RING

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WEDNESDAY 9/5

PURITY RING'S FAIRY-DUSTED WITCH HOUSE, EVIAN CHRIST'S GOTH-HOP CHILBLAIN

Judging by their debut album on 4AD, Shrines, Montreal duo Purity Ring could be a lot of tweens' and teens' first electronic-pop love. The work of dulcet-toned vocalist Megan James and instrumentalist Corin Roddick, Shrines glistens with a sort of fairy-dusted take on witch house. James's deceptively grim lyrics sashay over mutedly glowing synth miasmas and down-tempo electronic beats. Purity Ring polish these traits till they sparkle with a kind of antiseptic wonder. British producer Evian Christ's music skews darker and danker, coagulating into a kind of gothic hiphop that'll give your goose bumps chills—as you'd expect from a Tri Angle Records artist. With Headaches. Neumos, 8 pm, $12 adv, all ages.

SUNDAY 9/9

NITE JEWEL SLIPS INTO GLOSSY R&B DIVA MODE

With tongue not in cheek, I once described Nite Jewel as "Kate Bush goes chillwave." Her Good Evening and Am I Real? albums bore similarities to some of the artists on LA's Not Not Fun label—a kind of dubby, ethereal strain of bedroom electronica geared for daydreamy reveries, a steez that had been sweeping segments of the underground a few years ago. But with the recent One Second of Love, Nite Jewel (Los Angeles producer/vocalist Ramona Gonzalez) slips into her diva gown and glosses up her production till it glints like Bryan Ferry's tuxedo. I'm not feeling this new mode of upper-crust R&B and dewy balladry as strongly as I did Nite Jewel's more subterranean one, so she'll probably start to make more money now. With Golden Gardens and Terabyte and the Battery Eaters. Crocodile, 8 pm, $10, all ages.

 

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