Posted in music | tour dates on September 1, 2009

The xx @ South Street Seaport in August (more by Chris La Putt)
The xx

"Strongly influenced by modern R&B-- the [xx] made hay with an early cover of Womack & Womack's "Teardrops", while UK copies of xx come packed with their version of Aaliyah's "Hot Like Fire"-- the xx use a drum machine to complement their copiously tidy compositions. Unlike contemporary R&B fetishists Hot Chip or Discovery, who have clearly spent long hours internalizing Timbaland, the Neptunes, and other radio cognoscenti, the xx incorporate more abstract elements of the genre: a liberal use of bass tones and an unwavering focus on sex and interpersonal relationships." [P4k - Best New Music]
The xx's December 5th show with Friendly Fires at Webster Hall is still on sale, but a bit far off. The band has some sooner shows lined up for NYC.

The xx play a show on November 11th at Bowery Ballroom - the new date and location for their previously-scheduled November 12th show at Mecury Lounge ("All tickets will be honored."). Tickets are currently listed on Ticketmaster (for "November 12"), but not actually back on sale yet.

And before that, they'll be in NYC for a CMJ show with School of Seven Bells (who they opened for at the Seaport this August) on Friday, October 23rd. Also on this Webster Hall bill are First Aid Kit and Magic Wands. Tickets are still on sale (and we assume some CMJ badgeholders will be let in). More SOSB dates HERE.

Clips from an August 20th in-store in Brighton, UK, with updates tour dates (including a few more new November shows) are below...

The XX - Intro/Crystalised (1+2 of 7)

The XX - VCR (3 of 7)

The XX - Shelter (5 of 7)

The xx - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 17 O2 Academy *** Bristol
Sep 18 O2 Academy *** Bournemouth
Sep 20 O2 Academy *** Birmingham
Sep 21 O2 Academy *** Leeds
Sep 22 ABC *** Glasgow
Sep 24 O2 Academy *** Newcastle
Sep 25 O2 Academy *** Manchester
Sep 27 Shepherds Bush Empire *** London
Sep 28 Shepherds Bush Empire *** London
Sep 29 Shepherds Bush Empire *** London
Oct 01 Cooler Bristol
Oct 02 Jericho Tavern Oxford
Oct 03 Cluny Newcastle
Oct 04 Deaf Institute Manchester
Oct 05 Captain's Rest Glasgow
Oct 06 Korova Liverpool
Oct 07 Bodega Nottingham
Oct 13 Lido Berlin
Oct 14 Gruner Jager Hamburg
Oct 15 Luxor Cologne
Oct 16 59-1 Munich
Oct 23 - Webster Hall, New York, NY (CMJ) +
Nov 11 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Nov 15 - DC9 Washington DC
Nov 16 - Local 506 Chapel Hill NC
Nov 17 - 529 Atlanta GA
Nov 19 - The Mohawk Austin TX *
Nov 20 - Casbah San Diego CA *
Nov 23 - The Independent San Francisco CA *
Nov 24 - Sacramento State University Union Ballroom Sacramento CA *
Nov 25 - Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR *
Nov 26 - Venue Vancouver BC *
Nov 27 - Neumos Seattle WA *
Nov 30 - Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis MN *
Dec 01 - Bottom Lounge Chicago IL *
Dec 02 - Phoenix Theatre Toronto ON *
Dec 03 - Les Saints Montreal QC *
Dec 05 - Webster Hall New York NY *
* w/ Friendly Fires
+ w/ School of Seven Bells
*** w/ Florence and The Machine

Magic Wands - 2009 Tour Dates
09.25.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
09.26.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
09.27.09 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
09.28.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
09.29.09 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
10.04.09 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
10.05.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
10.06.09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's *
10.08.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
10.09.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore *
10.10.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
10.13.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
10.14.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
10.15.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
10.16.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street *
10.17.09 - Boston, MA - The Paradise *
10.29-10.21 - New York, NY - CMJ
* with School of Seven Bells



Comments (24)

the MEHx MEHx?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 12:54 PM

Or is the Double Meh-x? Either way these guys are boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 12:58 PM

I like to pretend that this band is an updated version of a group that wouldv'e been on that excellent 80s Cherry Red Records compilation "Pillows & Prayers" but then I see how fast they're being shoved down our throats, with no live show to speak of (what exactly does the long hair girl add) and then I get kinda pissed off.

Posted by blackhat | September 1, 2009 1:05 PM

when can people finally stop giving a shit about Pitchfork?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:09 PM

not anytime soon. they're only getting bigger. not that i'm in support or anything, but their influence over hype and ticket/record sales is huge.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:24 PM

the pitchfork hate is righteous when it comes in the form of a comment on

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:27 PM

Since they were mentioned above as playing Webster, I've also linked the info for a Joe's Pub $12 ticket for First Aid Kit who will be there on October 20th at 9:30 PM.

Posted by First Aid Kit at Joe's Pub | September 1, 2009 1:32 PM

Pitchfork is brought to you by Haagen Dazs. How have they not lost all credibility?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:33 PM

out of curiosity, i tried to get to pitchfork earlier and i can't get through. anyone else with the same problem?

edit: pitchfork sux.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:40 PM

this band is excellent. as for other websites, who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:43 PM

first aid kit is coming to ny.!!! but sorry i'm not going to the joe's pub show.... i don't like that place at all

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 2:05 PM

i've changed my mind...though they're probably going to do a million cmj shows....i'll be there

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 2:10 PM

How come nobody cares that the show was moved to Bowery Ballroom?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:05 PM

i like the xx

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:09 PM

Another reason to love Joe's Pub is a Laura Marling show on October 23, 2009 at 10:00PM.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:09 PM

Agreed with @3:05 it would have been better to see them at the merc, but the Bowery should be great too. I'm more pissed because they changed the date.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:33 PM

i love joes pub! sitting down and watching music is nice for a change

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:41 PM



Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 6:55 PM

The xx record is solid; Great songs, great arrangements. Tracey Thorn like vocals and a dark sense of space. I'm really happy they are around and getting the good press the deserve. I can't wait to see 'em live!

Posted by none | September 2, 2009 2:10 AM

I was excited to see them in a venue as intimate as Mercury Lounge but with the buzz they've got going by November that space was bound to be too small. Music Hall would have been ideal but Bowery is a fine alternative to me. Great sound and sightlines. Really looking forward to this one...

Posted by BTW | September 2, 2009 9:44 AM

The XX fucking suck, they are boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 7:57 PM

xx are the most amazing band ever!

Posted by the dude from xx | November 11, 2009 6:13 PM

No one gives a shit about this band in the UK cos it is totally obvious that they are all about the hype. Just another shit scene band taking up all the record label attention and funding in the place of another band who might actually been worth listening too.

I had the misfortune to see them ( and their record label wooping along) at mercury lounge at CMJ. There is nothing to this band at all. You guys in the US have a million more exciting bands than this but I suppose it is weird what hype from clueless record label A&R can do.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2009 8:37 AM

The xx are huge in the uk!
theyve sold out the shephards bush empire for 2 nights
pretty sure the album went gold after being out for like 3months.
Do you really know what your talking about?

(to the comment above)

Posted by mia dallos | January 2, 2010 7:02 AM

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