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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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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…
Scott Lapatine | August 25, 2010 - 5:41 pm

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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:…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Amrit Singh | October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am