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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 a cassette copy of Boyz II Men’s II because who didn’t? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey’s Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »

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 too many videos in the past seven days. I always think it’s funny how things come to a near-complete stop for the assumption that most music writers and publicists are… More »

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 on, well, almost anything: an artist, an issue, a genre, a trend … Those writers will frame their subjects, and take a side — to inform you, of course, asMore »

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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'…
Amrit Singh | April 24, 2013 - 3:31 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 hi…
Tom Breihan | January 3, 2013 - 11:32 am
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Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different…
Scott Lapatine | December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm
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The xx – “Last Christmas” (Wham! Cover)

Wham!'s "Last Christmas" is one of the all-time great cheesed-out holiday songs, but it's got a simple, heart-heavy longing at its core, and so maybe…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2012 - 9:46 am
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The xx – “Chained (John Talabot & Pional Blinded Remix)”

Barcelona's dank Balearic beat maker John Talabot and countryman/house producer Pional have already collaborated to great effect twice this year -- see "Destiny," from Talabot'…
Amrit Singh | December 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm
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Four Tet – “Lion (Jamie xx Remix)”

Earlier this year, the great British electronic producer Four Tet released Pink, an excellent and somewhat underrated collection of dance singles. In the past, Four…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2012 - 9:25 am

Watch the xx Play “Chained” On Fallon

On Friday night, the xx came through Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and played "Chained," the hushed and skeletal single from their new album Coexist.
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2012 - 8:48 am

The xx – “Chained” Video

In the xx's new video for "Chained," one of the standout songs from their new album from Coexist, we see the group's three members a…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2012 - 12:43 pm
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Watch the xx Play Jools Holland

On the most recent episode of the BBC's Later With Jools Holland, British minimal-pop heroes the xx came through to play their delicate, insinuating single…
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2012 - 9:09 am

The xx – “Angels” (Four Tet Remix)

Once upon a time, the reliably awesome British producer remixed the xx's first-album single "VCR." And now that the xx have finally gotten around to…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2012 - 9:26 am
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Stream The xx Coexist

Next week, the xx will release Coexist, their extremely anticipated sophomore album, which strips the already hushed and intimate sound of their self-titled debut back…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2012 - 9:22 am