Posted in music | pictures on October 23, 2009

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The xx has turned out to be one of the bands everyone wants to see at CMJ this year. Their was a line around the block for their Wednesday night show at Mercury Lounge. It couldn't have been much easier to get into their equally small shows last night at the Apple Store and The Delancey.

"Arriving early [to the Apple Store] was key and grabbing a seat right in third row center, I was shocked to get a full 50 minute set, when I was just anticipating 3-4 songs. The xx walked on stage as if they just shopped down the block at Topshop / Topman and seemed a bit scared to play to us few hundred in attendance. The xx, whose sound is a cross between Glasvegas meets Mono, are an interesting band to witness and listen to. They are not the type of band you want to be standing when you see them, they can certainly make you relax and unwind, but in no way is their music dull and boring. In fact it is the opposite, its very intricate and involved. With two singers, a programmer and a backing guitarist / synth op set a nice mood in a non traditional venue. The Apple store's sound was very good and the show was being recorded for iTunes." [Sal]
There are two more chances to see them tonight (10/23) - first at Music Hall of Williamsburg where they open for School of Seven Bells and then late night at Tribeca Grand. Jamie is DJing the Pitchfork party at Market Hotel on Saturday (and Cold Cave was just added to that bill). More pictures from Mercury Lounge below...

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Comments (22)

Great tunes to smoke da ganja...

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:06 AM

they were great at south street seaport over the summer.
(school of seven bells were equally excellent)

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:06 AM


Will their shelf life be longer or the same as Telepathe's?

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:13 AM

fuck this cheese

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:21 AM

The xx's record is really well crafted, and they are really young. I think there's a lot promise there. Good songs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:29 AM

So what time are they going on at Tribeca Grand? The event listing says 10pm, but their MHOW set starts at 10:45.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:32 AM

xx kinda boring

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 11:40 AM

this brand is great

Posted by typo | October 23, 2009 11:43 AM

anon 11:29 = 100% correct.

Posted by scott | October 23, 2009 11:43 AM

Oh I answered my own question, the XX go on at 1am at Tribeca Grand tonight. According to this post: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/10/cmj_in-stores_a.html

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 12:03 PM

I really like their album. Fantastic debut and one of the better releases this year.

Posted by Dan | October 23, 2009 12:15 PM

just found out, the xx also play
NBC Experience Store @ 2 PM Today.
Rockefeller Place between 5th and 6th.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 23, 2009 12:15 PM

Tribeca Grand show free? their website is worthless.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 12:33 PM

Glasvegas? Really Sal?

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 12:38 PM

what a bunch of fetuses! Great album, tho.

Posted by old fella | October 23, 2009 1:04 PM

Wasn't too hard to get into the Delancey last night. They were pretty good. Every song started to sound the same after about 3 songs in, though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 1:58 PM

I like them but they aren't the most lively band to see live. Funny how they became a must see this year.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 2:39 PM

Tribecca Grand show is free but also really small (capacity wise).They go on at 1am but if you want to see them I would suggest getting there much earlier.

Posted by Sean | October 23, 2009 2:52 PM

Sean, thanks for the info. I don't think I have the heart to go all the way to Tribeca at 1am though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 3:05 PM

Just saw them play at the NBC Experience store (thanks for the tip, BV!). What the "venue" lacked in ambiance (they set up & played next to the frozen yogurt counter upstairs), it made up for in lack of crowd noise: dead silent during and between these quiet songs. I don't imagine that will be the case at the Tribeca Grand tonight, but the band was so good that I may give it a shot anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 3:19 PM

what is the age limit on this tribeca grand show? 21+ 18+? I'm a youngin and want to get in but I don't want to go all the way down there just to be turned away because I don't have a fake.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 7:32 PM

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