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Diamond shines on stage

Diamond Rings plus Gold & Youth play at Club 9one9 on Nov. 16. - Norman Wong photo
Diamond Rings plus Gold & Youth play at Club 9one9 on Nov. 16.
— image credit: Norman Wong photo

Diamond Rings’ highly anticipated sophomore album Free Dimensional is out in Canada via Secret City Records.

Rings kicked off his tour, which includes Victoria as well as 12 other  Canadian cities, with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman Oct. 26, and a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Nov. 7.

Armed with a collection of 10 new songs, and now backed by a full band (including Graham Van Pelt – a.k.a. Miracle Fortress), his upcoming Canadian tour is sure to please, as evidenced by the reviews from his current U.S. tour with Stars.

The new tracks retain the melodicism, clever juxtapositions, and lyrical honesty that garnered kudos for his 2010 debut effort Special Affections, while taking the production and technical side of things to the next level.

Special Affections, received widespread critical praise from not only Pitchfork but also The New York Times and NME. This praise was topped off with head-turning performances at The South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, and CMJ as well as international tours with pop princess Robyn, dazzling new-waver, Twin Shadow and fellow Canadians, Junior Boys and PS I Love You.

Diamond Rings plus Gold & Youth is on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7  p.m. at Club 9one9 in the Strathcona Hotel. The show is 19 years and over. Advanced tickets are $15 and are available at Lyles Place, Ditch Records, The Strathcona Hotel, and online at Ticketweb.ca.

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