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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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Rihanna Hearts The xx

Her retro early-'90s-style club banger "We Found Love" has already blown the fuck up, and now we're learning more and more about Rihanna's forthcoming album…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2011 - 12:38 pm

The Antlers Cover The xx’s “VCR”

Last month, we posted our list of the 10 best xx covers, and it included the Antlers' live version of the xx's "VCR." On their…
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2011 - 11:19 am

The xx Start A New Album, Blog

Today the xx announced (via @youngturks) that not only has the group begun work on a new album, but they’ve also established a new website/blog
Corban Goble | November 3, 2011 - 12:07 pm

The 10 Best xx Covers

The xx's music is fertile ground for imaginative covers, thanks to the space that the band creates and maintains within its own songs. Inspired by…
Corban Goble | October 19, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Everything But The Girl Covers The xx

Everything But The Girl principal members Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt reunited recently to record a cover of the xx's "Night Time" that the xx…
Corban Goble | October 18, 2011 - 4:10 pm

…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…
Corban Goble | September 15, 2011 - 5:53 pm

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…
Amrit Singh | March 1, 2011 - 9:50 am

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…
brandon | February 22, 2011 - 2:35 pm

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…
Amrit Singh | February 11, 2011 - 2:47 pm

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…
brandon | January 27, 2011 - 2:10 pm

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…
jessica | November 29, 2010 - 3:41 pm

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"…
jessica | November 22, 2010 - 1:10 pm

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…
jessica | November 19, 2010 - 5:21 pm

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…
jessica | October 19, 2010 - 4:52 pm

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.
Andrew Youssef | October 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

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…
jessica | October 12, 2010 - 12:57 pm

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."…
brandon | October 5, 2010 - 11:33 am

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…
jessica | September 30, 2010 - 9:53 am

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…
Andrew Youssef | September 23, 2010 - 3:07 pm

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
Amrit Singh | September 7, 2010 - 6:26 pm