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2012 In Review: The New Wave Of R&B Comes Into Full Bloom

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned…
Chris DeVille | December 24, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Virtually the entire music-blogging universe (except me) is at CMJ right now, so you'll have to forgive the indie music universe for neglecting to drop…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2012 - 10:38 am

Deconstructing

Deconstructing: The xx

We're rebooting our popular Deconstructing franchise, which kicked off in February of this year. In this space, a rotating cast of writers will offer opinions
Aaron Lariviere | September 4, 2012 - 1:21 pm

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Lollapalooza 2017 South America Lineups

Lollapalooza's three South American iterations in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile are returning next year, and their lineups have just been announced. Metallica, the Strokes, the…
James Rettig | September 28, 2016 - 10:41 am

Hear Jamie xx Perform With His xx Bandmates, Four Tet, And Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa On BBC Radio 1

Jamie xx performed on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show today, and he was joined by his xx bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim,…
James Rettig | November 18, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Watch Jamie xx Play Seth Meyers With Romy, Jehnny Beth, Caroline Polachek, More

Jamie xx released his solo masterpiece In Colour earlier this month, and one of its high points is "Loud Places," the bittersweet disco banger that…
Tom Breihan | June 16, 2015 - 8:49 am

Watch Jamie xx Perform “Loud Places” With A Choir On Le Grand Journal

Jamie xx's dark horse of an electronic pop album, In Colour, drops today -- in fact, it's our Album Of The Week! -- and today…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 2, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Jamie xx – “Gosh” Video

Last month, when the xx's production mastermind Jamie xx announced his debut solo album In Colour, he shared a couple of new tracks: "Loud Places,"
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2015 - 10:15 am

Jamie xx – “Loud Places” (Feat. Romy) Video

Jamie xx's "Loud Places," the first single from his first-ever solo album In Colour, teams the xx's production mastermind with his bandmate Romy Madley Croft…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2015 - 8:48 am

Jamie xx – “Loud Places” (Feat. The xx’s Romy Madley Croft) + “Gosh”

After cranking out occasional solo tracks for a few years, the xx's production mastermind Jamie xx announced plans to release his first solo album In
Tom Breihan | March 25, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Jamie xx – “Alba”

UPDATE: As it turns out, "Alba" is the same song as "Sunrise," the track for that Continuum short film. Whoops. When last we…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2015 - 10:29 am

Emile Haynie – “Come Find Me” (Feat. Lykke Li & Romy Madley Croft)

The producer Emile Haynie must've called in a whole lot of favors to put together We Fall, his forthcoming debut album. Just last month, Haynie…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2015 - 10:55 am

Watch The xx Play The Guggenheim & Read Their Update On LP3

The xx played the Guggenheim last night as part of a Dior-sponsored pre-party for the museum's International Gala that takes place this weekend. Some famous…
James Rettig | November 6, 2014 - 6:18 pm

The xx’s Label Accuses Hugo Boss Of Ripping Off “Intro”

The xx are the only band I've ever seen that can make a festival crowd sing along with a wordless song. That song is "Intro,"
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Jessie Ware – “Share It All”

Jessie Ware's Tough Love title track showed the UK singer has not lost a step since 2012's tremendous debut Devotion. "Share It All," the Julio…
Chris DeVille | July 24, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jamie xx – “Sleep Sound”

UPDATE: You may have already heard this song when it appeared untitled on a Pional mix last year. …
Miles Bowe | March 27, 2014 - 11:25 am

Watch Behind-The-Scenes Video Of The xx’s Intimate Park Avenue Armory Shows

Right now, the xx are near the end of their New York residency, where they're playing 25 shows to audiences of 40 people each. To…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2014 - 9:20 am

The xx To Play 25 Super Intimate NYC Shows

The xx took to Facebook today to announce a very unusual sort of residency: Over the course of 11 days next March, they'll play a…
Chris DeVille | December 12, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Martina Topley-Bird (Feat. Mark Lanegan & Warpaint) – “Crystalised” (The xx Cover) Video

Martina Topley-Bird has joined Mark Lanegan and Warpaint to release this cover for the xx's "Crystalised." You'll remember Topley-Bird for vital vocal contributions to Tricky's…
Miles Bowe | September 25, 2013 - 4:07 pm

The xx – “Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)” Video

In the wake of celebrating Oli's birthday rather sexily down at Bonnaroo, the xx are releasing this promotional video for their "Sunset" self-remix. Here, the…
Amrit Singh | July 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Stream The xx’s Night + Day Festival Live

Today, The xx are putting on their Night + Day festival in London. The line-up includes The xx, Solange, Polica, Mount Kimbie, Jon Hopkins, and…
Liz Pelly | June 22, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Governors Ball 2013 In Words And Photos

In 1994, when there were no Vines or Instagrams or Twitter feeds or blog updates to at least slightly numb one's FOMO, I watched MTV's…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

The xx – “Fiction” Video

Director Young Replicant's new video for "Fiction," the spindly slow-burner from the xx's Coexist, is a visually ravishing black-and-white affair that finds Oliver Sim moodily…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2013 - 10:29 am

Sasquatch! 2013 Saturday: Sigur Rós, The xx, Tame Impala, & More

As day 2 of Sasquatch! began everybody, from fans to bands to tech, seemed to be adjusting to the swing of things. It was a…
Miles Bowe | May 26, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Watch Jessie Ware & The xx Cover Modjo & Stardust In Berlin

At Berlin's Night + Day Festival over the weekend, the xx invited Jessie Ware, their peer in warm, poised, inward-looking London club music, to the…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2013 - 12:29 pm

The xx – “Together”

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo Dicaprio and the god Amitabh Bachchan and features a stacked soundtrack, executive produced by Jay-Z. It's…
Amrit Singh | April 24, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Saturday’s 5 Best Things

Sitting here in the afterglow of day two -- resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories -- I feel like…
Aaron Lariviere | April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Saturday: The Postal Service, Phoenix, The Make-Up, & More

Before we get into Saturday, let's not bury the day's big lede: R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage to perform his biggest crossover that isn't…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Great Gatsby Soundtrack To Feature New Songs By Jay-Z, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & André 3000

As we reported earlier this year, Jay-Z had a large hand in the music component of the upcoming Baz Lurhmann's film adaptation of F. Scott…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 4, 2013 - 11:09 am

The xx – “Finally” (Kings Of Tomorrow Cover)

"Finally" is a gospel-inflected house anthem from the New York producer Kings Of Tomorrow; it was a minor hit in the UK in 2000. The…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2013 - 9:01 am

Watch The xx Cover Beyoncé’s “I Miss You”

Beyoncé's "I Miss You" is one of those records that just absolutely tears at the fabric of heartache and vulnerability. It's produced so well --…
Claire Lobenfeld | February 14, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Watch Solange And The xx’s Oliver Sim Cover Nicole Wray

Recently, Solange set off a minor Twitter shitstorm by calling out the writers who big-upped 2012's avant-R&B renaissance (a renaissance that includes, among others, Solange)…
Tom Breihan | January 18, 2013 - 11:41 am

The xx – “Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)”

Jamie xx already produced the xx's "Sunset," the most dance-informed song on his band's 2012 sophomore album Coexist. But now he's gone and remixed his…
Tom Breihan | January 3, 2013 - 11:32 am
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