A Canadian from the Toronto area, the singer got his start via indie band the D’Urbervilles; his Diamond Rings persona began in 2008 and surfaced the next year with the single “All Yr Songs.” His first album Special Affections first saw release on Canada’s Secret City label in 2010 but was soon picked up by Astralwerks here in the States; it received significant press attention and soon helped place him on Robyn’s North American tour of 2011, which swiftly brought him to a much wider audience.
Y! Music especially enjoyed seeing Diamond Rings in Austin—and were somewhat curious to see how he’d pull off a one-man live performance in our studio headquarters. Pull it off he did, though: The two tracks he performed, stripped of all electronics and just featuring the singer and his guitar, amply demonstrated the inherent “rock-ness” that pervades each and every one of Diamond Rings’ songs. Throw in a delightful interview and you’ve essentially got one of this year’s biggest SXSW treats. See for yourself.
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