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27 Oct
2012

The xx performed “Chained” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below:

23 Aug
2012

The xx have released a video for “Angels” that they shot while in Tokyo. Check out what they had to say about it below:

“We filmed this whilst on tour in Tokyo. We were so inspired by Tokyo and the view from Romy’s hotel room on the 33rd floor, that we asked our friend Jamie-James Medina to film us recording a version of Angels in there. Love The xx”

The album is out on September 11th and the band will be touring the US in October.

Fall 2012
10/5- Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/6- Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA
10/7- Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/10 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
10/11- Soma – San Diego, CA
10/12- Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
10/13- Hollywood Forever Cemetary – Los Angeles, CA
10/14 – Treasure Island – San Francisco, CA
1016 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/17 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
10/19- First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/20 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
10/21- Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
10/24- Imperial De Quebece – Quebec City, QC
10/25 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/26 – The Paradise Theater – Bronx, NY
10/28 – The Paradise Theater – Bronx, NY
10/29 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/30 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

http://thexx.info
http://theyoungturks.co.uk

25 Jul
2012


Britain’s The xx has skyrocketed to success and popularity in a ridiculous amount of time. I remember seeing them live a couple of years ago in the midst of their debut (and only) album where they sold out the Hollywood Palladium, which is one of the larger venues in Los Angeles. And on Monday night, they returned to the city to play in front of a sold-out crowd at The Fonda Theater – a first of three Los Angeles shows (they’ll be playing the Hollywood Palladium and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, both of which sold out in a matter of hours from when they went on sale).

Of course, The xx is touring with a reason – they’ll be releasing their second album in September entitled Coexist. The (now) trio consisting of guitarist Romy Madley-Croft, bassist Oliver Sim, and producer/programmer/beat maker Jamie Smith (or Jamie XX) maximize their music with a rather very minimal arrangement, and that’s where their appeal lies. They create music that’s sensual, romantic, and dramatic, and it only resonates in a live setting where a live crowd can experience those feelings in person. Not to mention that both Madley-Croft and Sim each have a unique timbre to their seductive singing style.

The band came out on stage donned in all-black with two large, transparent ‘X’s’ adorned on the stage that was filled with smoke. As the first date on their headlining tour, it was appropriate that they opened with their newest single, “Angels.” From there, the band had the crowd hypnotized for the rest of the night. The majority of their set consisted of songs from their first album, going from “Angels” to “Islands.” “Islands” exemplified the seductive call-and-response vocal interplay between Madley-Croft and Sim that brought a great dynamic in a live setting, especially with the crowd cheering whenever one of them would begin singing a new line.

“Crystalized,” “VCR,” and “Basic Space” were a bit more subdued and slower compared to the version on record, but it obviously came off as more intimate while maintaining and emphasizing the crisp guitar and bass riffs that weave with the electronic beats.

It wasn’t surprising to see the set include new songs such as “Swept Away,” “Reunion,” and “Sunset.” If there was any worry regarding The xx’s direction with new songs, those worries were immediately alleviated as the new songs were definitely more upbeat and faster in tempo. While the themes of the songs still address themes such as love, longing, and romance, the melodies are catchy as ever, dancing along with Smith’s post-dubstep beats (you know, like SBTRKT and James Blake).

While their sound and setup may be minimal and intimate, the echoes and reverb that emanate from their instrumentation are ethereal that seem to transcend the space. That may not make sense, but no matter where you stood in the venue, their sound traveled and kept on traveling and adds a lot to the overall tone of their music.

For their encore, they opened up with “Intro” that led into another new song, “Tides.” The harmonized vocals, again, emphasized. They ended the night with “Stars,” a song about trying to resolve tension between two lovers. The vocal interplay during the lines “if you want me/let me know/where do you wanna go” surely sent chills up the backs of everyone in the crowd, marking a great way to end a mesmerizing set.

With The xx hitting the road once again and with a new album in the midst of release, there’s no doubt that they will be stirring the headlines of many music publications. If you have the chance to catch them live, do so. But do it quickly since what ever town they roll through, it will no doubt be a sell-out.

Set list:
Angels
Islands
Heart Skipped a Beat
Fiction
Basic Space
Crystalized
Fantasy
Shelter
Infinity
VCR
Reunion
Sunset
Night Time
Swept Away
Encore:
Intro
Tides
Stars

25 Jul
2012


The xx performed “Angels” on Conan. The song is the first single off of their new album Coexist.

Pick up the song on iTunes or Amazon MP3 and pre-order the album Coexist

16 Jul
2012

The xx have just announced their brand new single “Angels.”

It’s been a long time since we’ve played you anything new. This song is called “Angels,” it is the first single from our new album, Coexist. We’ve been playing this song live recently, so it feels good to share with you the version we’ve been working on for so long. We hope you like it. xx – The xx

The track is available to stream now below and from midnight tonight will be available to stream via Spotify, or to buy from iTunes or other digital retailers.

“Angels” is the first track to be released from The xx’s forthcoming second album Coexist, which is due for release on the 11th of September, 2012 via Young Turks (September 10 in the UK). Coexist has been produced by The xx’s Jamie Smith and is the follow up to their 2009 debut xx. It was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 in the band’s own studio in London.

The band have also just revealed the track list and cover artwork (scroll up in case you missed it).

Coexist track list:
1. Angels
2. Chained
3. Fiction
4. Try
5. Reunion
6. Sunset
7. Missing
8. Tides
9. Unfold
10. Swept Away
11. Our Song

The xx are also pleased to announce their Fall 2012 North American tour. The tour begins in Vancouver on October 5 and ends in Baltimore on Oct 30 – highlights include the Palladium and Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, and the legendary Paradise Theater in the Bronx. A digital copy of Coexist comes with every ticket for every show on the tour, and will be delivered on North American street date, September 11. “Angels” will be delivered on ticket purchase as an instant grat.

And just a reminder, prior to their fall tour The xx are coming our way this summer for six sold out North American tour dates, starting July 23 at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater. All upcoming North American tour dates are listed below.

Summer 2012
7/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7/25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market (SOLD OUT)
7/28- Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7/29 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
7/31 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre (SOLD OUT)
8/2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)

Fall 2012
10/5- Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/6- Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA
10/7- Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/10 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
10/11- Soma – San Diego, CA
10/12- Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
10/13- Hollywood Forever Cemetary – Los Angeles, CA
10/14 – Treasure Island – San Francisco, CA
1016 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/17 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
10/19- First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/20 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
10/21- Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
10/24- Imperial De Quebece – Quebec City, QC
10/25 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/28- The Paradise Theater – Bronx, NY
10/29 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/30 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Coexist will be available on CD, LP, deluxe LP and download and can be pre-ordered right now.

http://thexx.info
http://theyoungturks.co.uk

01 Jun
2012


Earlier in the week, The xx announced a bunch of new tour dates. Today, they released details about a brand new album. Read on below:

We’re so excited to share with you the news that our second record Coexist will be released on September 11th. After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you. We will be touring throughout the summer and beyond, and hope to play somewhere near you soon. xx The xx

Coexist has been produced by The xx’s Jamie Smith and is the follow up to their 2009 debut xx. It was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 in the band’s own studio in London.

Coexist will be released on Young Turks on 11th September in the US and 10th September in the UK.

Meanwhile, following recent intimate shows in the UK and France and an appearance at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound last night, The xx are set to play shows in north America, Europe and Japan over the summer. The full dates are:

June
8 Traffic Festival, Turin, Italy
9 Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
15 Northside Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
16 Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden
22 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
23 Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany
27 Hove Festival, Haervic, Norway
29 Main Square Festival, Arras, France
30 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

July
4 Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan
7 Heineken Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
14 Ilosaarirock Festival, Joensuu, Finland
23 The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA, USA
25 Showbox At The Market, Seattle WA, USA
28 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON, Canada
29 Metropolis Theatre, Montreal QC, Canada
31 Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA, USA

August
2 Terminal 5, New York NY, USA — on sale today, June 1
9 Terraneo Festival, Sibinek, Croatia
10 Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
11 La Route du Rock, St Pere, France
18 FM4 Frequency Festival, St Polten, Austria
19 Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
31 Electric Picnic, Laois, Ireland

September
7 Bestival, Isle Of White, UK

http://thexx.info

12 Oct
2010

The xx performed “Crystalised” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Check it out and pick up their album XX on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

18 Feb
2010
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Magic Wands (Chris and Dexy Valentine) are busy tweaking their debut album (rumored to contain a cover version of Olivia Newton-John’s, ‘Magic’) for Bright Antenna at FM Recorders in Oakland, California.

The duo has managed to step aside from their hectic schedule long enough to handball their aggressively infectious new single, ‘Warrior’ to The xx for renovation and reinterpretation. The xx remix (edit) is available as a FREE download now via RCRD.LBL by clicking here.

Magic Wands formed in 2007. While living in Nashville, Chris found a song on Myspace that he listened to repeatedly, day and night. Soon he discovered it was a song by Dexy called, ‘Teenage Love.’ During the course of the summer 2007 Chris and Dexy started talking on the phone until dawn, writing songs for each other and mailing gifts such as toy lions, old records, handwritten poems and one glowing heart lamp. Though 2000 miles apart, they decided they were destined to be. Two weeks later Chris was back in L.A. helping Dexy pack up her old Mercedes Benz for a trip across the country. Magic Wands to date have toured with: The Kills, The Horrors, CSS, The Virgins and The Black Kids.

“Magic Wands will instantly force you to start tapping your feet and possibly hand clap along with these four bouncy tracks that rely on a combination of drum machines, distorted guitars and catchy melodies”- THE FIRE NOTE

“The 80’s inspired synth, wall of noise guitars, and electronic beats combined with an infectious pop sensibility makes for a very promising debut”- ATLAS & ANCHOR

“There’s a lot to like about this bunch – light guitars, drum machines, hand claps, organs, dreamy vocals, etc” – PASTA PRIMAVERA

The video to ‘Warrior’ can be viewed here.

Magic Love & Dreams EP is available now for purchase via iTunes.

www.myspace.com/themagicwands www.brightantenna.com

11 Dec
2009
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The xx made their US television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly last night on 12/10. They played “Crystalized.” Watch it here:

Buy The xx on iTunes, Amazon MP3 or on CD.

06 Oct
2009
Apple iTunes

New albums were released today by the following artists. You can buy (most) of them on iTunes or Amazon. Just click on the buttons to the right.
Air Love 2
Backstreet Boys This is Us
The Black Hollies Softly Towards The Light
blessthefall Witness
Built To Spill There Is No Enemy
Vic Chesnutt Skitter On Take Off
Mike Doughty Sad Man Happy Man
Everclear In A Different Light
The Fall Of Troy In The Unlikely Event
Lita Ford Wicked Wonderland
Matthew Good Vancouver
The Gossip Music For Men
Calvin Harris Ready For The Weekend
Hockey Mind Chaos
Horse The Band Desperate Living
Toby Keith American Ride
Kiss Sonic Boom [Walmart/Sam's Club exclusive]
Lights The Listening
Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here
Mr. Hudson Straight No Chaser
No Age Losing Feeling [EP]
Noah And The Whale The First Day Of Spring
Joe Perry Have Guitar, Will Travel
A Place To Bury Strangers Exploding Head
The Raveonettes In And Out Of Control
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Steel Panther Feel The Steel
Switchfoot Hello Huricane
Tokio Hotel Humanoid
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