Catch Diamond Rings at the Great American Music Hall 

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If you’re heading down to Great American Music Hall this Sunday for the Twin Shadow show, take it from us — get there early to catch the promising new talent John 0, a feather-Mohawked, raccoon-masked neo-Bowie whose “Special Affections” debut on AstralWerks is one of the catchiest records of the year.

Growing up in Canada, he was technically a jock — he played on his high school basketball team, earning him instant stigmata from the Goths and punks he secretly admired. Eventually, he ditched sports, enrolled in a fine arts program at Guelph University, and began letting his freak flag fly, first in a band called The D’Urbervilles, then as a DIY, bedroom-studio composer.

As Diamond Rings, the androgynous auteur recruited his roommate Colin Medley as videographer and his professional-stylist cousin Lisa Howard as his makeup artist, and then began posting zany videos for his bubbly ditties “All Yr Songs” and “Wait & See” online.

Next thing O knew, his SXSW showcase was sold out, and he was being invited to open for similar-minded synth-rockers like Britain’s La Roux. Now — his look powered by MAC Makeup — Diamond Rings is pulling out all the onstage stops with a live set every bit as theatrical as his look and sound.

Catch him now — next time around, he could be headlining the Fillmore. For more information, visit

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