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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 via Clint Heyer’… More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2010 - 10:05 am

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 - 12:02 pm

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 - 3:31 pm

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / June 11, 2010 - 3:26 pm

Shakira Covers The XX

Hot Chip did that cover of Shakira’s “She Wolf.” Now the Colombian warbler’s dipped filtering the work of some British folks with keyboards through her distinctive post-Alanis sound. Instead of returning Hot Chip’s favor and giving us “One Life Stand,” though, she’s offered up a take on The xx’s “Islands” (heard here in a one… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2010 - 1:17 pm

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the first night (along with ATP staples Built To Spill, Broadcast, Liars, and Shonen Knife). Day 2 featured performances from the xx and Boredoms (both bands would place twice, the latter… More »

By: jessica / May 10, 2010 - 6:07 pm

The xx – “Islands” Video

The video for their “VCR” had a youthful, romantic storyline, but the xx’s “Islands” strikes a different move, and a different pose, but also kind of the same pose, over and over again. You have to watch until the end to see how the choreography changes and becomes a story in itself, but it’s worth… More »

By: jessica / April 21, 2010 - 11:47 am

Coachella 2010: Die Antwoord, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus

On Friday, James Murphy dedicated “Losing My Edge” to Gil Scott-Heron. For the rest of the weekend, everyone should be covering “Communication Breakdown” and dedicating it to AT&T. Not being able to meet up with your friends because of long delayed texts does cultivate a certain independent spirit, though, and partying with strangers wasn’t a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 18, 2010 - 6:01 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

The xx – “Islands (CHLLNGR remiXX)”

As suggested by last week’s the Very Best/Florence collision and Nosaj Thing before that, etc., the xx’s spacious hush makes them an easy remix target: Their sound leaves a ton of room for folks to squeeze in their own interpretations, so a ton of folks have … That said, CHLLNGR, aka California-to-Copenhagen multi-instrumental producer Steve… More »

By: brandon / March 8, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Florence & The Machine – “You Got The Love” (The Very Best Re-Do Of The xx Remix)

What we have here is the Very Best’s cover of the xx’s remix of GGD fans Florence & The Machine’s cover of Candi Staton’s “You’ve Got The Love.” What we also have is an impressive nailing of the critical zeitgeist in under three minutes. More »

By: brandon / March 3, 2010 - 5:50 pm

New xx Video – “VCR”

The melancholic twee minimalists of best new act the xx perfectly set the stage for the intimate, icy teen love depicted in this Marcus Söderlund-directed video for “VCR.” The romantically downcast protagonists scribble secret messages on walls then kick their feet through said walls, pine, make out, set fires. The latter act turns a previously… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Nosaj Thing Remixes The xx

The spare and smoldering electro/guitar bits comprised by the xx LP are ripe for remix reduction, the latest coming from 23-year-old L.A. producer Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing. His take on the best new artist of 2009’s “Islands” comes on the heels of a redo for Chalotte Gainsbourg (Radiohead and hometown brethren Flying Lotus before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 4, 2010 - 2:14 pm

jj nº 3 Out In March On Secretly Canadian

Enigmatic Swedish crew jj has signed with SC (in conjunction with Scandinavian home Sincerely Yours) for its followup to the acclaimed jj nº 2. nº 3’s out 3/9 stateside, two weeks before jj’s first US tour (with the xx, because duh) starts. SXSW warm-up gigs look likely. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 4:34 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser’s “Stroke Of Genius,” the MP3 that launched this decade’s most fitting musical legacy. Parts of two or three or thirty tracks mixed into one supersong? What better than mashups to soundtrack a generation of smartphone-wielding Adderall chompers coming of age i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

The xx/Friendly Fires @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/5/09

Chilly Londoners the xx played a shortish sans “Crystalised” set as a three piece on Saturday, a night the more up-swinging Friendly Fires clearly stole for many of those in attendance. (Then again, the truly angsty would welcome a shortened, uncomfortable xx set as all the more reason to cuddle up with a blanket and… More »

By: brandon / December 7, 2009 - 4:32 pm

The xx Guitarist Calls It Quits (For Now)

Citing exhaustion from “recent touring commitments” (i.e. playing 37 CMJ shows), guitarist Baria Qureshi has left the xx, at least temporarily. The band’s been forced to cancel their European tour dates as a result. More at The Quietus. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 29, 2009 - 12:12 pm

New Florence & The Machine Video – “You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)”

As dime-a-dozen blog bait, remixes don’t usually merit official videos. But most remixes aren’t this officially excellent, so let’s all try to calm down and enjoy this clip! Florence & The Machine covered Source And Candi Staton’s “You’ve Got The Love” on her Lungs LP, and has frequently shared bills with London’s CMJ-ubiquitous the xx… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 28, 2009 - 1:28 pm

CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman’s candlelit Conformist material, along with guest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am

CMJ ’09: Thursday In Photos

On Thursday at CMJ the xx played theIr 66th and 67th shows of the week — one at the Apple Store SoHo, another as the “x-rated” secret guest at the horribly delayed, horribly sweaty Club NME showcase at the Delancey. The sound dudes couldn’t get it together, the subterranean, reverse-gradient pit is perfect for sweltering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2009 - 11:27 am