Entries tagged with: The xx
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jessie Ware at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
You've already heard "Tough Love" from the new Jessie Ware album of the same name, and she's now released another single from it, "Share It All," which appears on the album's deluxe version. It was co-written by The xx's Romy Madley-Croft (and produced by Jessie's frequent collaborator Julio Bashmore), and you can definitely tell it was written by an xx member. Check it out below.
The xx just announced that they're playing the Guggenheim International Gala pre-party.
Song stream below...
The xx at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The last time The xx played NYC was when they played 25 shows for 40 people each at Park Avenue Armory in March (which Geoff Rickly paid $2000 to see), and their next show here will also be an unconventional one. They'll perform at the pre-party for this year's Guggenheim International Gala benefit which happens November 5 from 9 PM to midnight. There's a benefit dinner the following night which honors 2014 Guggenheim exhibition artists Carrie Mae Weems, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene (in memoriam), Günther Uecker, and Wang Jianwei.
Tickets ($200 for Young Collector's Council members, $250 for general admission) are on sale now to members and GA tickets go on sale July 29 at noon. Admission includes the performance, a full open bar, and an opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s-60s from 9-10 pm.
by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest just announced even more bands, including Melvins, United Nations, Coliseum, Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery-related Able Baker Fox (who haven't played in a while), Whores, Vacation, Plow United's Brian McGee and more. Full list of additions below.
The new additions join Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Meanwhile, Melvins singer Buzz Osborne, or King Buzzo, recently released another song from his upcoming acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, which is due out on June 3 via Ipecac. Like previous single "Dark Brown Teeth," it's acoustic but it's not like Buzzo is going singer/songwriter on us or anything. It's pretty much a drum-less, distortion-less metal song. Check out the new track, titled "Instrument of God," below.
And in more related news, United Nations singer Geoff Rickly (who also used to sing a band called Thursday) recently wrote for The Talkhouse on how he paid $2,000 on StubHub to attend one of The xx's 40-person shows at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Here's how he described the show:
As the set progresses, the room changes. The night turns magic. The lights drop and "Fiction" starts playing. Now the beat is booming somewhere behind us. It's becoming increasingly clear that this small room is a facade and we're in a massive space. The walls turn into screens that are being projected on from outside. The ceiling starts rising above us, first one story, then two, then three. Liza grabs my hand as the soundtrack to her loneliness throbs in the air around us.Read the rest of his interesting (and pricey) story about how and why he ended up forking over two grand for the show, at The Talkhouse.
The walls blow off the room and lights come streaming through the air from great distances. The band is slinking through one number after the other. Music has never been sexier or more vivid. It felt like being inside the record sleeve. The sound roaring in the void around us, the lights echoing the artwork -- this is the closest I've ever been to the realization of a musical vision.
Stream the new Buzzo song, with the full list of Fest additions, below...
The xx in Tulum - 12/31/13 (via @hickduarte)
There were tons of New Year's Eve shows here in NYC, as well as around the rest of the country, and down in Mexico, the Young Turks label threw a party on the beach in popular tourist site Tulum (famous, among other things, for its ruins). It literally went all night, kicking off with some of the label's DJs at 8 PM, followed by Sampha, John Talabot, Chairlift, The xx, Grimes, SBTRKT, Koreless, Pional, Four Tet and others playing past 11 AM New Year's Day.
During SBTRKT's set, he revealed an unreleased Jessie Ware collaboration, "Runaway." You can stream that, along with a video featuring clips of multiple sets from the show, and a few more pics, below...
The xx at Radio City in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The xx are doing a pretty unconventional residency in NYC, as Pitchfork reports. They'll be playing 25 shows at Park Avenue's Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall from March 19-29, and each one only holds 40 people. $55 tickets are/were available here via internet, phone, and in person.
The event description reads:
The xx has made big noises across the pop landscape while barely raising their voices above an ear-grazing whisper. Their poignant, minimalist music is a tribute to their unflinching drive for originality, which has ensured their position as one of the most in-demand bands of our time.--
After headlining major festivals and huge outdoor venues like Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold-out runs at quintessential venues like Radio City Music Hall, the Mercury Prize-winning trio comes to the Armory for a much more intimate experience. Defying perceptions of a traditional concert, the xx creates a site-specific environment to delve into uncharted levels of depth in their sound where dark and light collide as the memory of the outside world falls away. This uniquely voyeuristic and deeply personal setting is the perfect oasis for the band to perform, while in the process redefining their music and their relationship to the audience that surrounds them.
Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival.
The Armory thanks Burberry for their support in this production of The xx.
Public support has been provided to by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The xx / Polica at Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/13
The xx may have an intimate sound, but they have no trouble filling big rooms. They sounded great at Terminal 5 last year, and Monday night (9/23) they filled the halls of Radio City with people dancing all the way up to the balconies. Monday night was their first of two shows at the historic venue, both of which are opened by Polica, who share a knack for combining indie pop, R&B, and electronic music. The two bands then did it again last night (9/24) Pictures, videos, and The xx's setlist from night 1 are in this post.
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
by Andrew Sacher
If you're hanging around NYC this 4th of July weekend, don't forget that the weekly Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues on Saturday (7/6). This week's installment will feature a local house-oriented bill of Bronx-raised duo The Martinez Brothers, a DJ set from Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair, NJ producer DJ Qu, and a regular DJ on the Brooklyn scene, Anthony Naples. Tickets for Saturday's Warm Up are still available.
Anthony Naples made the mix for this week's installment, which you can stream/download along with a quick interview over at The FADER. You can also catch Anthony the night before Warm Up at a previously mentioned Cameo (7/5) show that also includes Octo Octa and Magic Touch. Tickets for the Cameo show are still available. Stream Anthony's excellent 2012 single, "Mad Disrespect," below.
UPDATE: Glenn Jackson also makes his NYC debut at the Cameo show. You can stream his Morning Swim EP below.
The Martinez Brothers also recently made a mix for MTV Hive, which you can stream below. After Warm Up, both TMB and Kim Ann Foxman will head to Output in Williamsburg for an afterparty that also includes a live set by Arthur's Landing, an Arthur Russell tribute band made up of eight of Arthur's past collaborators. Also on the bill for that party is Filsonik B2B Patrick Grooves, DJ Spun, and Rick Wilhite. Tickets are available here and here.
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beggars Group-affiliated label Young Turks is throwing its first New Year's Eve party in Mexico this year. The party happens on December 31 in Tulum with sets from Grimes, Four Tet, The xx, John Talabot, Pional, Koreless, Chairlift, Sampha, Tasker, and more TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, after playing Governors Ball, The xx and Polica announced that they would be returning to NYC for a show together on September 23 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show went on sale today, though Ticketmaster is already saying "not many left."
Chances are those tickets will be fully gone pretty soon, but fortunately, The xx and Polica have announced a second Radio City show happening a day later (9/24). Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
You may have already heard new Poliça track, "Tiff," that features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. That song is from their new album, Shulamith, which will be out later this year, date TBA. That's the cover art above, you can check out the tracklist below and the lyrics to all the album's songs are up on Poliça's website. The band just released the video for "Tiff" which was directed by Nabil (Kanye, Bon Iver, James Blake) and finds singer Channy Leaneagh at odds with herself. It's intense and you can watch it below.
Maybe you caught Channy last night (6/10) at Mercury Lounge where she made a surprise appearance with Marijuana Deathsquads (like we said she would) which also featured both of Poliça's two drummers. Did you go to that show? How was it?
Poliça, who also just played Governors Ball, will next visit NYC opening for The xx at their recently-announced show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets go on presale Wednesday (6/12) at 10 AM and the password is "coexist."
All Poliça tour dates are listed, along with the "Tiff" video and album tracklist, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The xx at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Speaking of bands that just played Governors Ball that have since announced NYC shows, here's two that will be playing together: The xx, who played the Ball on Sunday (6/9), plan to make their way back around these parts for a show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23 and support comes from Polica. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at 10 AM.
Pictures of The xx's Governors Ball set are in this post. Check out more of those, along with The xx's newish video for "Fiction", Polica's newish Justin Vernon-featuring song, "Tiff," and all lists of tour dates, below...
**** Hey What's Going On readers! We have a special announcement to make and that is the new addition of a proper NYC show calendar on BrooklynVegan . Currently linked from the "NYC Shows" button up above in the main site menu, you can now easily view our top show picks, all shows, metal shows, comedy shows, free shows and more for any upcoming day. "What's Going On?" will still be a daily post but with more highlights and less of a towering list of links. Meanwhile though, we still have a towering list... ****
Fuzz / Ariel Pink
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Stage 48
* Left Banke @ Joe's Pub
* Rob Delaney @ Caroline's
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Frankmusik @ Maxwell's
* Sylvie Courvoisier @ The Stone
* Guns N' Roses @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Nate Wooley @ Issue Project Room
* Cajmere, Free Magic, Faso @ Output
* Calexico, Arc Iris @ Tarrytown Music Hall
* Queens of the Stone Age @ Vintage Vinyl
* Fuzz, Ex-Cult, Pampers @ Death By Audio
* Chris Speed's Dream Of A Song @ Barbes
* Of Monsters and Men @ iHeartRadioTheater
* Actress, Gobby, Solar Year @ Cameo Gallery
* Iran, Ice Balloons, Sun Ladders @ Union Pool
* American Royalty, Vows, Bird Call @ Glasslands
* The Baptist Generals, AroarA @ Mercury Lounge
* Fuzz, Ex-Cult, Jonathan Toubin @ Red Hook Park
* Sylvie Courvoisier & Ellery Eskelin Duo @ The Stone
* Ariel Pink, Kirin J Callinan, Purple Pilgrims @ Irving Plaza
* Kate Boy, Gemini Club, Hey Champ @ Santos Party House
* B-52s, Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers @ The Capitol Theatre (POSTPONED)
* John Mulaney, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Gaffigan @ Bell House
* Lame Drivers, Woolen Men, Darlings, Future Punx @ Cake Shop
* Dave Matthews, The Head and the Heart @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Pete Francis (of Dispatch), The Tarantula Waltz @ Mercury Lounge
* Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan, Wil Sylvince @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Donavon Frankenreiter, Mia Dyson, Newfound Groove @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sharkmuffin, Adam Aslan Pony, Bleacher Heat, Clouty, DJ No Dubstep @ Muchmore's
* The Molters, Sky Captain of Industry, Travis Nilan & The List, Jump For The Sails @ Knitting Factory
* Country Mice, Overlake, The Fire Tapes, Donner Party Picnic, The Brooklyn What @ Shea Stadium
* Haley Coupon, Toy Soldiers, Roadkill Ghost Choir, James Bay, Caveman (DJ), Charlie Duerr @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Great Elk, The Stationary Set, Julian Fulton Zombie Gospel, The Ludlow Thieves, Streets of Laredo, Derrick & The Black Sea @ Spike Hill
British electronic musician Actress was supposed to make his way over to Brooklyn for a show last year, but ended up having to cancel. He'll finally make his way here for a show at Cameo tonight with Gobby and Solar Year, which is sold out.
Ty Segall brings his proto-metal band FUZZ to NYC for the first time. You can see them for free Summerstage show at Red Hook Park early this evening (7 PM start) with Ex Cult. Then both bands head to Williamsburg for a late show at Death by Audio. The DbA show is $10 at the door which opens at 9 PM with bands on at 9:45 PM. Should be a wild one. If you can't make it tonight, Ex Cult play for free tomorrow too, opening for Oblivians at Seaport Music Festival.
If rocking softly yet debaucherously is more your thing, Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti bring their tour to town tonight at Irving Plaza. If you're going, be sure to arrive early to check out gothy and intense Australian Kirin J Callinan . Purple Pilgrims play as well and tickets are still available.
Ariel Pink has probably listened to a few Left Banke albums over the years. The '60s baroque pop legends, whose songs include classics like "Walk Away Renee" and "Something on My Mind," play Joe's Pub tonight and tickets are still available.
The Baptist Generals, who recently released their first album in ten years via Sub Pop, have been on a tour with The Mountain Goats which hit Maxwell's lat night (6/5), and tonight they're sticking around the area for their own show at Mercury Lounge with AroarA (tickets).
For those excited about seeing Icona Pop at Governors Ball this weekend, you might want to hit Santos tonight for the official kickoff party (tickets). It features a performance from Swedish electropop group Kate Boy, whose new single "The Way We Are" is likely to soon be inescapable. You can watch the video for that below. Kate Boy also plays with Haim at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday which is a Governors Ball afterparty (advance tickets are sold out, though some will be available at the door). Kate Boy tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Guns N' Roses, (aka Axl Rose's current version of the band) are one of the three headliners for this years Governors Ball festival. But before that, they'll play a much more intimate show tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. The show has not surprisingly sold out.
Tonight's B-52s show at the Capitol Theatre, which Nicki Bluhm was going to open after cancelling her Brooklyn Bowl show once GNR's was added, has been postponed due to illness. Read more about that here.
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The xx made a video for "Fiction" off of last year's Coexist. Check it out below.
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Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.
It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....
photos by Wei Shi
New Order / The xx / Danny Brown
Weekend 2 of Coachella 2013 continued on Saturday (4/20), and this time around we caught sets by New Order, The xx, Hot Chip, Danny Brown (who debuted a new Rustie-produced track, "Dope Song," during his set which you can watch a video of below), Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Janelle Monae and more. Pictures of Weekend 2 Day 2 are in this post.
More Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2 pictures and the Danny Brown video below...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
The xx @ ACL Live earlier this week (more by Tim Griffin)
Whilst on tour in Texas, we decided to cover a song by a Texan. She is one of our favourite artists of all time, Beyoncé. This song has always meant a lot to us and was written with another artist we really admire, Frank Ocean. Happy Valentines day to you all.Check out The xx's cover of I "Miss You," below.
Lots of love, xx The xx
As mentioned, The xx will be touring with Grizzly Bear this summer.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
The XX @ The Moody Theater on 2/11/2013
The xx's tour is currently in Texas and the band played their first of two nights at Austin's Moody Theatre last night (2/11) for ACL Live. Austra opened and pictures from that show are in this post. Both bands do it again tonight (2/12).
In other news, today The XX announced a series of East Coast dates in June with Grizzly Bear. While this heavyweight match-up doesn't hit NYC, per se, both bands will be at Governors Ball Music Festival at Randals Island which happens June 7 - 9. Updated tour dates are below.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The xx and Austra @ Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/24/2013
The xx played Hammerstein Ballroom last night (1/24). The show was a make-up date for their show at the Bronx's Paradise Theatre that was supposed to happen back in October but got canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Did you go last night? Austra, who is due for a new album sometime, opened the show and she's still got Sari and Romy Lightman as indispensable backing singers.
Both bands play Hammerstein again tonight (1/25) and it's sold out. If you're looking for something to do after the show, Austra DJs late night at Glasslands with Heathered Pearls also on the decks. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from The xx and Austra at Hammerstein below...