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…And Does This Nokia Commercial Rip Off The xx?

The last time out, we had a rip-off that tread into a bit of a gray area thanks to a key change, but this recent ad for Nokia in India is way more of an open-and-shut case. This is totally the same song. "VCR" by the the xx. I hope they have the best… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 15, 2011

Hercules & Love Affair – “Shelter” (The xx Cover)

xx's spaciously hushed torch song "Shelter" is a distinctive handle for first-time listeners, the most balladic track on an album designed to soundtrack your night moves. It's the one where Jamie xx's production wins the most by doing the least. Those minimalisms makes it the least expected to be put through Hercules & Love Affair'… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 1, 2011

Jamie xx – “Far Nearer”

It's easy to get lost in "Far Nearer," the 8-minute steel-drummed track from Jamie xx's forthcoming Numbers single. The song's been floating around for some time, but in abbreviated, less crisp form. Affix this final version to Jamie's We're New Here, which is out today, and escape to an island of some sort. More »

By: brandon / February 22, 2011

Remixtape: Vol. I

Most remixes are shit. This new feature exists in defense of The Remix. So, welcome to Remixtape: a monthly compilation of the best recent remix MP3s floating around the internet because despite the glut of garish promo bloghouse crap, there are actually still people doing this thing artfully. Because there's an actual art to thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2011

Creep – “Days” (Feat. Romy Madley Croft) – Video

The glittery Ouija Board in this Warren Fischer-directed video for CREEP's debut single "Days" offers a great central image for the duo of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, the New Yorkers who coined"rape gaze" then quashed it: Their sound's midnight dark (upside down cross, hoods, blood, gags, spooky forest, levitation, Victorian mansion), but also nightclu… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2011

Jamie xx Reworks Gil Scott-Heron

We mentioned Gil Scott- Heron's first album in 16 years, I'm New Here, when it came out back in June, and mentioned director Chris Cunningham's video and remix for the video when it debuted at MOMA. Now the entire album has been reworked by The xx's Jamie Smith, who's been working o… More »

By: jessica / November 29, 2010

Gorillaz Cover the xx

Gorillaz visited BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge to do acoustic versions of "On Melancholy Hill," and "Doncamatic," and a cover of The xx's "Crystalised." "Doncamatic" guest vocalist Daley was also in the studio, and he backs up Damon Albarn for their quiet, sparkling version of "Crystalised." (Note that Daley has to wear his studio… More »

By: jessica / November 22, 2010

OMD Cover The xx

When Brandon wrote about OMD's first new album in 14 years, he said the rise of bands like The xx made this a good time for their comeback. Here's something to cement the connection. OMD's cover of The xx's "VCR" is labeled "Rough Mix," so perhaps another version is on the way. As is,… More »

By: jessica / November 19, 2010

NME Cool List 2010

It looks like NME skipped their annual Cool List last year, so this year's Cool List had to be extra cool (there are 25 more slots this time). You'll recognized a number of American names in the top ten, including the Drums's Jonathan Pierce (witness his cool in person at STEREO★GUN), Beth Cosentino,… More »

By: jessica / October 19, 2010

Austin City Limits 2010 In Photos

Austin City Limits hosted some of the nicest weather in years alongside an impressive line up with main headliners The Strokes, Muse and the Eagles. Some tough scheduling choices though needed to be made like choosing Sonic Youth or Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells or Silversun Pickups, Band Of Horses or the Flaming Lips, and… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 14, 2010

The xx “Crystalised” On Kimmel, Covering “Show Me Love”

The xx brought the "Crystalised" to Kimmel, keeping their whispered cool on his Bud Light-sponsored stage. The logos behind them are cheesy, but the band do look great bathed in black and blue:… More »

By: jessica / October 12, 2010

The xx – “VCR (Four Tet Remix)”

Keiren Hebden created a 9-minute layered, electro-danceable version of Mercury Prize winners the xx’s "VCR." He should've called it "DVD."… More »

By: brandon / October 5, 2010

Jamie Smith (The xx) – “Far Nearer”

Jamie Smith made "Far Nearer" during a break between tours with the xx (and after he bought himself a steel pan). The new solo single premiered on Xfm's "X-Posure" two nights ago, though, as Smith says in the pre-interview, he doesn't have a project name set yet. Have a listen (the rip starts after the… More »

By: jessica / September 30, 2010

The xx, Warpaint, Zola Jesus @ Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood 9/22/10

After picking up the Mercury Prize, The xx kicked off their final leg of their US tour at the Hollywood Palladium. The bill was stacked high with local psychedelia darlings Warpaint and Zola Jesus who impressed with her booming voice. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 23, 2010

The xx Win The Mercury Prize 2010

This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize, awarded annually by a panel of industry insiders to the UK and Ireland's most excellent LP (or Roni Size/Reprazent’s New Forms), goes this year to the xx for their makeout masterpiece xx, and someone owes me a case of Dos Equis. Romy, Oliver, and Jamie will take home… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 7, 2010

Taylor Momsen Covers The xx And Rihanna AT THE SAME TIME

Courtney Love already hates her, so Gossip Girl's Carrie Wright Taylor Momsen probably didn't think twice about dissing Rihanna in Spin a few weeks back. “People think pop is rock, and the lines are getting blurred," she said. "Now Rihanna’s wearing fucking leather jackets, and it’s really annoying.” Whoops. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 25, 2010

Øyafestivalen 2010 In Photos

Beyond taking place in beautiful Oslo, Norway one of Øya Festival's strongest points is its eclecticism: When I attended in 2006 (and met Amrit), I was excited by Enslaved, the Knife, and Morrissey performing in the same space (though not on the same stage at the same time, unfortunately). As you'll see… More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2010

Lollapalooza 2010 Saturday: Green Day Is For The Children

Even if you're not a fan (I'm not) you gotta give Green Day credit, first for introducing Lookout! to mall-punks back in the day, later for showcasing political awareness on an MTV-sized scale. Now middle-aged dads, with armfuls of Grammys and a Broadway pedigree, they commanded the biggest crowd at Lolla so far this weekend. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 8, 2010

The xx – “Shelter (John Talabot Feel It Too Remix)”

Barcelona-based DJ dude John Talabot dabbles in house and the naturally occurring sunbleached sounds of the domestic scene he's taken root in, a combo making him a natural ally of Delorean's. Last I saw him, he DJd before and after that band's set at the True Panther-curated MoMA PS1 WarmUp kick off -- today he… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 28, 2010

We’re Live At Bonnaroo 2010

Stereogum's been descending upon the inevitably muddy swampland that is the Bonnaroo family farm since 2003, each year getting a little better at balancing immediacy with being comprehensive in our dirt-caked dispatches so you can see, hear, and (one day) smell all that we do. This year we've taken another step, with the newly launched More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 11, 2010