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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 Twitter, the Antlers responded, letting us know that we’d hear the “REAL version” soon. Well, today we hear it. The Antlers’ gently zoned-out cover of the track will appear o… More »

By: 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 on which they’ll be documenting their inspirations and their thoughts. Rad. So what’s the line on how long it’ll take for them to post a Sade video? Like +/- 2… More »

By: 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 yesterday’s Tracey Thorn w/ Ben Watt cover of “Night Time,” we’ve collected nine more of the best xx tributes. Including a bonus Taylor Momsen cover! Score! Previously: The 10 BestMore »

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 had commissioned for a compilation. Though that compilation never turned out, the cover surfaced today via Pitchfork. Listen below:… More »

By: 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 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 lawyer… More »

By: 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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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 on non-xx-related projects for… More »

By: 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” 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 headphone… More »

By: 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 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, it’… More »

By: 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 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, and Kanye… More »

By: 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. 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 Muse… More »

By: 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 do look great bathed in black and blue:… More »

By: 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.”… More »

By: 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 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 - 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 high with local psychedelia darlings Warpaint and Zola Jesus who impressed with her booming voice. More »

By: 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 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 £20,000 for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 7, 2010 - 6:26 pm

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 - 5:41 pm