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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

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 i… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2010

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

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'… More »

By: jessica / April 21, 2010

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 18, 2010

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 photo… More »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010

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… More »

By: brandon / March 8, 2010

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

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… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2010

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 More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 4, 2010

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

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

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… More »

By: brandon / December 7, 2009

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

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

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009

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

CMJ ’09: Wednesday In Photos

As far as full-on noon-to-2AM marathon set hunting goes, Wednesday's spread won't be topped this year. In addition to bringing us memorable sets from two bands we'll be watching much more closely in Sleigh Bells and Golden Silvers, the day delivered solid lineups at every turn. I joined photographer Jessica Amaya at ForceField'… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 23, 2009

The xx @ Covo Club, Bologna 10/17/09

It took them twelve hours to get there, thanks to a broken down tour bus that forced a hellishly long train ride, but the xx eventually made it to Bologna, Italy's Covo Club, at 11PM, working through their excellent debut xx and a cover of Womack & Womack's "Teardrops" to a very sold-out crowd. (Some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2009

The xx Bring Jools Holland Their “Islands”

Fresh off of a tour with Florence & The Machine, and a tour-memorializing remix of one of her Lungs cuts, the xx stopped in to Jools Holland's BBC2 studio to perform the subdued and lockstep cool of "Islands," one of many standouts from their debut-album-of-the-year contender xx. If they look baby-faced it's because they… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 30, 2009