Posted in music | pictures on October 12, 2010

photos by Tim Griffin

The xx @ Austin City Limits 2010
Austin City Limits

"Let's put it this way. If you ever want to get into someone's pants, there's no need for red roses or pick-up-lines. Totally unnecessary. All you really need to woo your love-to-be are the sweet, melodic verses of The xx.

At first, taking the A train all the way up to the Bronx sounded like a less than ideal situation, but one must sacrifice distance for the love of music. Church by day and music venue by night, United Palace is a beautifully bipolar theater with acoustics that could put Carnegie Hall to shame. This venue was a perfect match for a band that has meticulously mastered the art of producing huge sounds from whispers. Going from the Mercury Lounge to United Palace, The xx have had quite the year, and this show was a testament to this." [The Wild Honey Pie]

The xx played United Palace Theater in NYC with Zola Jesus and Warpaint all the way back on Saturday, October 2nd. It was a perfect venue choice for the soft-spoken band says most reports. Exactly one week later, this past Saturday, they played outdoors at the Austin City Limits festival (not an ideal venue says most reports). The pictures in this post are from that Texas show.

At United Palace, and probably at other shows on the tour, the Mercury Prize-winning band covered Robin S's now-classic dancefloor hit "Show Me Love" (Robin S is not to be confused with Robyn who is currently causing people to tear up dancefloors). Video proof from the NYC show, with the video from their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night (10/11), and more ACL pictures, below...

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The xx - "Shelter" and "Show Me Love" (robin s cover) - United Palace Theater. NYC - 10/2/10

Jimmy Kimmel Live _ The Xx: Crystalised

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Comments (21)

um, THE BRONX?

GO BACK TO IOWA!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 12:41 PM

If Washington Heights is the Bronx, that writer needs to get a fucking map.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 12:51 PM

Robin S "Show me love" is one of my favorite rave songs of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:20 PM

God, those stupid pantaloons! Is he really fucking that tub?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:29 PM

Please tell me that's not a tattoo on that girl's face.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:31 PM

Went for Warpaint (great as always, although different to see on a giant stage) and left a couple songs into XX. Bo-ring.. and I liked the album. I know, I know... the music is slow. Blablabla

The tweens seemed to have a good time though when they weren't too busy checking their phones during THE ENTIRE SHOW

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:32 PM

My wife and I also left the United Palace show. Warpaint killed it that night, as always ... but there was nothing the XX could have done to crawl out of the hole they'd dug for themselves that night. Never walked out on a show in the entire history of my going to see live music, they were the first.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:47 PM

i think the above 2 commenters did not take enough drugs before the xx show. was pretty great if you were pretty lit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 1:54 PM


When will they play bandmate Rosie O'Donell's show?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 2:02 PM

whitest boy alive played show me love 1000x better at bowery

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 2:17 PM

The ZZ

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 2:20 PM

People who complain about The xx's live performances either don't like their music or don't get the point. It's not music that requires crazy guitar solos. They don't improvise much. They perform the songs staying faithful to the album, which in this case is not a bad thing. We're not talking about Grateful Dead here.

If you don't like their music or do not want to hear the same versions at a live show, then you should not go to their shows. There were a lot of people who wanted to go, but could not get tickets.

I was at the Whitest Boy Alive show at Bowery. Their version of "Show Me Love" was a lot of fun, Bowery was shaking, but I prefer The xx's rendition.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 2:36 PM

Da XX and Da Uzi Nine Millameedah!!!!! Get in da choopah noooooowwwwww!

Posted by Burg | October 12, 2010 3:08 PM

wow i couldn't even get through that video. so boring.

anyone see Zola Jesus? not that i can see them being anymore "exciting" but just curious about how they sounded.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | October 12, 2010 4:46 PM

underage drinking

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 5:18 PM

Shoutout to the bro party in the lobby during Warpaint. Good going missing the best band of the night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 5:24 PM

Got a map, ends up Palace Theatre is in Washington Heights.

Posted by Eric | October 12, 2010 8:03 PM

worst dressed band? worst dressed band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 10:24 PM

2:20 hysterical

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:43 AM

no idea about the music but i think they are all dressed fantastic as usual.
flmao @ underage drinking comment. god i love BV

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:45 AM

WTF is wrong with you haters?
Go hate somewhere else
If you didn't know what to expect at an xx show, maybe you shouldn't have gone
I do know what to expect and they KILL it every single time
That is 8 times now, so I it's been proven
You don't even need to be "lit" - had a few Tecates at the bodega
xx is amazing and anyone who left totally lost out
Glad I won
Oh and I love the way they dress
Thx, Bye

Posted by AvalonJade | October 18, 2010 2:27 AM

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