Entries tagged with: The xx
"Here's a riddle: Grimes + LDR = the #1 and #2 most-blogged artists of 2012. Grimes LP on tons of year-end blogger lists. Why not LDR?" - Dev Sherlock
Hype Machine, which compiles data from countless music blogs, posted the Top 50 Most Blogged About Artists, complete with pretty pictures (like the one of the #1 artist above), and ways to listen to those artists. Head to their site for the full list, but you can check out the top 10 below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The xx @ T5, 8/2/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The xx's second of two shows at The Paradise Theatre was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and the band promised nearly a month ago to announce the make-up date "soon" and has finally been announced. As you may remember, The Paradise Theatre suffered damages from a fire shortly after Sandy, so now the show will now happen at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 24. All previously bought tickets for the Paradise show will be honored and the show is sold out.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
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Not much to report at the moment, but News12BX says "Fire at Paradise Theater appears to be under control. No word how badly the building was damaged." NYScanner says it was a 2 Alarm "heavy fire on the upper levels of the theater." FDNY confirms. (thx Deeee). Hopefully not a huge deal.
The xx at Terminal 5 in August (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As mentioned, The xx were forced to cancel shows in NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore this week due to Hurricane Sandy but promised that they would make up for them in 2013. Well the band has acted quickly and announced a 2013 tour, which includes the rescheduled Philly and Baltimore dates, and they note on facebook that there are "details of a rescheduled New York date to come very soon." The rescheduled shows will honor all tickets for the cancelled shows and presales for most of the other shows begin Thursday (11/1) at 10 AM with general on-sales beginning Friday (11/2) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory,
and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.
UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain
is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.
UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.
Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.
ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.
Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."
Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.
UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."
All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.
Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.
The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.
Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.
The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...
Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.
Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"
Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.
Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.
Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.
Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.
Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.
"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."
The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.
"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"
Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."
"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."
Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.
Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."
Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.
City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."
If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
Dum Dum Girls at MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Primitivo @ Barbes
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Jay-Z @ Barclays Center
* Todd Barry @ Caroline's
* Mysterious Forum @ The Stone
* Paper Route, Morus Alba @ Maxwell's
* Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress
* Brad Jones and Julie Patton"> @ The Stone
* Dum Dum Girls, Chez Deep, Starred @ Europa
* Corporal, Less the Band @ (le) poisson rouge
* Somnambulists, Dimensions, Rootless @ Zebulon
* Winkie, Hell For The Company, Bunny X @ Cameo Gallery
* Big Business, House of Lightning, Vaz @ Death By Audio
* Tracy Grammer and the Butterfly Conservatory @ Joe's Pub
* First Aid Kit, Dylan LeBlanc @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yuppicide, Rejuvenate, Dead Serious, No Way @ Saint Vitus
* Drew Victor, Sam Jayne (of Love As Laughter) @ Manhattan Inn
* Folklords, Alan Licht, Brian Chase, Mr. Jenkins @ Union Pool
* Monogold, Sinkane, Dinowalrus, Beacon (DJ) @ Dekalb Market
* Old Monk, Fat Creeps, The Blue Dress, Other Factors @ Cake Shop
* Cosmonaut, Ace Reporter, Lightouts, Psychic @ Mercury Lounge
* Northern Bells, Riverwild, Strange Names, Elliot & the Ghost @ Glasslands
* Jack White, Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three @ Radio City Music Hall
* Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Busy Phillips, James Urbaniak @ The Bell House
* Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Larry and His Flask, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Webster Hall
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The xx, who performed "Angels" on Later... With Jools Holland last Tuesday (9/25), were again on the show this past Friday (9/28) to perform "Sunset" and "Chained." Watch videos of those performances below.
Widowspeak @ Storm King Arts Center, May 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Love Inks @ Mohawk, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Exitmusic @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Exitmusic @ Maxwell's
* Avicii @ Radio City Music Hall
* Maria Cangiano @ Joe's Pub
* Niki & the Dove @ Other Music
* Rachael Yamagata @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Bell X1, Duke Special @ Bowery Ballroom
* WIERD w/ Kontravoid @ Home Sweet Home
* Hal Wilner and Philip Glass @ The Stone
* David Byrne, St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater
* Terry McManus's Obsessive Propulsive @ Barbes
* Widowspeak, Vensaire, Hard Bop @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mariel Roberts @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
* Lavender Diamond, Christy & Emily @ Mercury Lounge
* Gabriel and the Hounds, Pre War, Old Monk @ Union Pool
* Liudas Mocknunas, Arturas Bumsteinas, Rasa Rasa @ Zebulon
* Sunfoot, Devin, Gary & Ross, Volunteers Park @ Death By Audio
* Love Inks, Shy Hunters, Baby Alpaca, Young Unknowns @ Glasslands
* MNDR (DJ), Wildkat (DJ), Eli Makes Beats (DJ) @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Doe Paoro, Teletextile, Ludwig Persik, Dalton, Anya Skidan @ Pianos
* Baby Dayliner, Mo Matching Drapes, The Whisperians, El Jezel @ Union Hall
* The Bad Plus, Rafiq Bhatia, Chris Morrissey Quartet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alberta Cross, J. VIEWz, Lucy Schwartz, Two Door Cinema Club DJ set, Chrome Canyon DJ set @ Bowery Hotel
One of our favorite Austin bands Love Inks are touring and back in town. If you missed them at Pianos the other day with Ray Raposa, you have another chance tonight at Glasslands. They're also on the lineup of Fun Fun Fun Fest this year.
Sub Pop act Niki and the Dove play a free in-store at Other Music tonight at 8 PM.
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The xx , who are back in town next month for two shows, recently played Later with Jools Holland and you can watch their performance of "Angels" below.
Miike Snow, who will be in the general NY area next month, have a new video for "Pretender" which you can watch below.
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear are set to release their new album, Shields, on September 18 via Warp. You've already heard the singles "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again" and if you haven't downloaded one of the leaks of the album (We won't pretend they aren't out there, the band have even been acknowledging it on twitter) (though they kindly ask that if you like it, you pre-order it) you can now stream the entire thing (legally) at NPR.
Shields is Grizzly Bear's best album yet, and easily one of the strongest releases of this year. Grizzly Bear naysayers who complain that their often sleepy albums don't live up to the pop heights of singles like "Two Weeks" and "The Knife," complain no more. On Shields, every track is as largely arranged, dynamic, and grandiose as its singles -- but this is by no means a "sellout" album either. They drift through passages of progressive folk with baroque arrangements and even touches of jazz sensibilities sprinkled throughout the record. It's as heady and complex as anything they've done, just simply even more appealing and infinitely playable.
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear will support the new album with a tour that comes to NYC for the band's largest headlining hometown show yet on September 24 at Radio City Music Hall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can also watch Grizzly Bear perform live TODAY (9/10) at 2pm EST on Soundcheck.
Speaking of largely anticipated albums that you can stream on NPR, The xx's new album, Coexist, is out this week and still available to stream. As are the new albums by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., and Aimee Mann.
by Andrew Sacher
The xx at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
2:54 at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
UK rock duo 2:54 have joined the ranks of Jacques Greene, John Talabot, and Chairlift, as the newest band to be added as an opener to The xx's North American tour. 2:54 will be supporting the band in mid-October, right before the run with Chairlift starts.
It's on that final leg where The xx will return to NYC for shows at The Paradise Theater on October 26 and 28 (tickets), and while 2:54 won't support on those dates, they'll play their own NYC shows around the same time: October 24 at Knitting Factory and October 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Knit show are on sale now and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday, August 31 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/29) at noon.
2:54 recently made a video for their song, "Sugar." You can check that out, along with a list of all dates, below.
Duchess Says at CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Lips @ The Flat
* Spank @ UCB
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* DJ Khaled @ Webster Hall
* Five 'Til @ Joe's Pub
* DMX @ J&R Music World
* If, Bwana @ The Stone
* The Henry Girls @ Barbes
* My Brightest Diamond @ MoMA
* Lisa B Kelley @ The Stone
* Gracie, Day Joy, Magmana @ Pianos
* Stand, Von Shakes @ The Rock Shop
* BAIO (Vampire Weekend) @ Hudson Terrace
* Lukeinternet, Tubetops, Active @ 929 XPO
* Fain-Mantega Duo, Tangolandó @ Joe's Pub
* Hubble, Dream Police, White Bike @ Zebulon
* Variety Lights, Talibam!, Coxcombs @ Maxwell's
* Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Duchess Says, The Blind Shake @ Public Assembly
* Railbird, Celestial Shore, Zula @ Cameo Gallery
* The Neighbourhood, Lovelife, Rioux @ Glasslands
* Yellowbirds, Gabriel and the Hounds @ Mercury Lounge
* Margy Pepper, Soil, Tin Vulva, Flown @ Death By Audio
* Useless Eaters, Sam Coffee & The Iron Lung @ Cake Shop
* Shovels and Rope, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Mercury Lounge
* Sole, Propaganda Anonymous, N.W.S.O., Brzowski @ Knitting Factory
* Slam Donahue, Toothpaste (Tecla & Kassa), Relations @ Delinquency
* Adira Amram, Heloise (of Heloise & The Savoir Faire) @ Littlefield
* Phone Home, Life Size Maps, What Model Citizens, Ravenous @ Big Snow
* Lemonade (DJ Set), Shawn Reynaldo, Rem Koolhaus, Ron E Laybaxx @ Glasslands
* Japanther, Unstoppable Death Machines, Catacombz , Fake Hooker @ Shea Stadium
* Teengirl Fantasy, Lemonade, Mike Q and MassacooramaanR @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Meyham Lauren, Tanya Morgan @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Risk! w/ Reggie Watts, Marina Franklin, Erin Barker, Brent Sullivan, Jaqi Furback @ The Pit
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story w/ Jessi Klein, Lisa Delarios, and Trace Crutchfield @ Brooklyn Brewery
* Nite Jewel & Peanut Butter Wolf performing Krafwerk's 'Computer World', Chrome Canyon @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Two Boots 25th Anniversary Party w/ Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Mamarazzi, Odetta Hartman, The Whiskeyhickon Boys, Himalayas @ East River Amphitheater
Two Boots is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a free concert at East River Park Amphitheater featuring Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Mamarazzi, Odetta Hartman, Himalayas and The Whiskeyhickon Boys. The party goes from 5 - 9PM and will also feature free pizza.
Montreal's Duchess Says make a rare NYC appearance tonight at Public Assembly. Be prepared to get up close with singer Annie-Claude.
Next door at Music Hall of Williamsburg it's a free Converse Rubbertracks show with Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Flatbush Zombies, andTanya Morgan. Admission is first come, first served. Doors are at 8 PM.
Comedy options tonight include two separate shows featuring funny people telling true stories: Reggie Watts and Marina Franklin are among the guests at Kevin Allison's "live storytelling" show 'Risk!' at The Pit (tonight's theme: "So Emotional"); and over at Brooklyn Brewery it's 'Tom Shillue's Funny Story' with Jessi Klein, Lisa Delarios, and Trace Crutchfield.
Mike Birbiglia's movie Sleepwalk with Me opens at the IFC Center tonight. The midnight screening has free popcorn and soda if you wear your pajamas. Mike and co-writer Ira Glass will be there too. Trailer for the film is below.
Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven screens at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out, the gallery is open until 8:30 PM tonight.
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Bob Mould, who plays a free show at Williamsburg Park on September 7, just
released a video for "The Descent," the first single from Silver Age, his first
album for Merge Records. You can watch it below.
Deep Time have made a ghostly new video for "Gold Rush," a track which can be found on their new album. You can watch that below as well.
JJ DOOM (Jneiro Jarel and MF Doom), whose new album is streaming just made a video for one of its tracks, "GUV'NOR," which you can watch below.
photos by Greg Azzaretti
The xx at Music Hall at Snug Harbor 8/06/2012
The band's heavily synthesized swirling and vibrant sound, which includes post-punk and sultry dub grooves, is a feast for the ears and a delight to the eyes as the group often complements their music with dazzling set designs and unique lighting displays.After their sold-out show at the relatively big Terminal 5 last week, The xx played an intimate show at the Snug Harbor on Staten Island last night (8/6). Attendees were taken from the Ferry to the historic venue via a shuttle bus emblazoned with the band's "X" logo and the outside of the Music Hall was lit up with album art projections which you can see via instagrams below. The setlist was almost identical to the T5 show, with the addition of "Infinity."
Setting the atmosphere for the performance, the Music Hall became sort of an intimate nightclub -- literally, smoke-filled and breezy -- with lots of changing colored lights shiny from the stage--the perfect filter through which to showcase the band's ethereal sound.
Taking the stage to applause, the trio broke into "Angels" from the soon to be released album "Coexist."
Looking around the Music Hall, [member Oliver] Sims remarked how much he liked the theater: "It's very nice. It's very intimate." - [SI Live]
The xx's next NYC shows will be two nights at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx in October. Meanwhile, the band just released a trippy "visualization" of a second cut from their much-anticipated second album, Coexist. That video, live videos, setlist, and more pictures from the Snug Harbor show are below.
photos by Leia Jospe
"shouts 2 all of u dancing onstage to jamie xx at ps1 ur all beautiful snowflakes with orange wristbands" - Drew Millard
"Jamie xx is absolutely shutting down ps1" - Ned White
"Jamie XX making it feel like im in Miami right now #ps1 #moma" - Val Tott
Miguel/Jamie xx's crowd at MoMA PS1 - 8/4/12
This summer's Warm Up at MoMA PS1, a series featuring afternoon dance parties from forward thinking electronic musicians every Saturday in MoMA PS1's outdoor courtyard, continued this past Saturday (8/4) with sets from Jamie xx, Miguel, Lemonade, Sinjin Hawke, Pearson Sound, and Zora Jones. This one sold out in advance, and the line to get in was crazy long as usual. Many people who didn't have tickets showed up anyway and listened from outside.
Miguel performed a brief yet galvanizing set with his neon-clad backing band, delivering one of the few "concert" experiences of the evening and giving the thousands crammed into the gravel-floored courtyard something to scream about with a handful of weather-appropriate nü-R&B tracks off his forthcoming LP Kaleidoscope Dream in addition to a newly rap-infused performance of one of his well-worn covers, 2Pac's "I Get Around."Jamie xx at MoMA PS1 - 8/4/12
Meanwhile, for Jamie xx, Warm Up was one of two DJ sets he delivered this past weekend while in town in between The xx's Terminal 5 show last Thursday (8/2) and their Staten Island show, which is TONIGHT (8/6) at Snug Harbor Music Hall (sold out). Jamie premiered a new xx song during his set, and had the crowd going pretty nuts. After that show, he headed over to Manhattan to DJ a FIXED party at Le Poisson Rouge with John Talabot, who will be supporting The xx on many of their upcoming dates (none in NYC) and will return to LPR for a live show with Pional on September 27. Some videos of Jamie and John's sets from LPR are below.
Jamie xx wasn't the only one on Saturday's Warm Up lineup to keep the party going late into the night. Lemonade showed up in Williamsburg to DJ a party at Glasslands with Blondes and Rewards, and they killed it. Meanwhile, Sinjin Hawke was next door murdering 285 Kent with Egyptrixx, Elite Gymnastics, N0ms, Gobby, and MikeQ. Blood Diamonds, who had played Glasslands one night earlier (8/3) with Le1f and Gobby, showed up for a secret late set at the show. A video of Blood DIamonds' set from 285 Kent is below.
More pictures (unfortunately none of Sinjin Hakwe or Zora Jones) from Warm Up and all videos are below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum; words by Andrew Sacher
The xx at Terminal 5, 8/2/2012
The xx released their hugely buzzed about debut, xx, back in 2009, and then kept pretty quiet after their 2010 tour ended. Now they're set to release its followup, Coexist, on September 11, just over three years since xx came out, which begs the question: do The xx still have it or was xx just a random stroke of genius and a bit of luck? Going by their show at Terminal 5 last night (8/2), their first of four NYC shows since 2010 on their North American tour (three of which, including last night, are sold out), I'd say they more than still have it. The crowd reactions were some of the most massive I've seen at any show this year. For almost any given moment of material from their debut being played, most of the 3,000 or so people in Terminal 5 were singing along at the top of their lungs. Even during the band's opening song, "Angels," the single off the new album, a huge chunk of the crowd already knew every word.
Any fears that the relatively quiet band wouldn't be able to handle a large venue like Terminal 5 were immediately crushed as well. At exactly 9:30 the lights in the venue shut off and the band's giant 'X' appeared lit up on the stage's backdrop, and from that moment on the band had complete control of the entire night. They played drowned in fog and glowing pastel colored floodlights, with sleepy visuals drifting behind them. Frontpeople Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim performed with the sultriness of R&B singers but swung their guitars like rockers, and Jamie xx took over the backline with countless boards, drum pads, acoustic drums, and more. Their sound includes many reference points -- the wandering guitar of Beach House, the singer/songwriter meets beatmaker approach which is shown in their influence on James Blake -- but The xx truly have their own sound, and the new material continues to reflect that. Jamie xx has said he has a more prominent role in the songwriting for the new album, and it shows. The deep house of "Reunion" and the dancey "Swept Away" reflect an influence from the club scene that Jamie's solo work has ties to, and when combined with the band's signature guitar/bass/vocal work, it marks unchartered territory for The xx.
Though the show provided increased anticipation for the new record, it was largely about old favorites as well. Every song on their debut was performed, with the largest moments coming during "VCR," "Islands," and Jamie's huge crashes in "Infinity." They began their encore with "Intro," which saw the band and the lightshow at their most intense of the night, and because of the wordless song gave the crowd nothing to sing to, they provided piercing shouts of applause throughout the entire thing. Like they usually do, they ended the set with a reworked version of "Stars," which sees Jamie bringing in heavy beats at the end, in comparison to the more somber album version. This show wasn't easy to pick a standout from, but if pressed, that performance of "Stars" had to be it.
The band's next NYC show is the much smaller Staten Island venue Snug Harbor Music Hall on Monday (8/6), which tickets are still available for. After that, they'll continue to tour North America and make their way back to NYC for two sold shows in the Bronx at the Paradise Theater in October.
The show began with a DJ set from Jacques Greene and a live set from New Look. More pictures from last night's show are below.
The xx @ Rock Werchter (more by Tim Griffin)
The xx play a sold-out show at Terminal 5 tonight and if you didn't get tickets but want to see them sooner than later (and smaller than bigger), you might be in luck. The band have just added another NYC date: Monday, August 6 at the 120 year-old Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island (capacity: 686). Tickets for that show (supposedly) go on sale today (8/2) at noon (password = angels) . Good luck!
Check out a video of the band playing a brand new song in LA, along with their full list of tour dates, below.
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
Cold Specks at Hotel Vegan, March 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tom Rainey @ Barbes
* The Do @ Mercury Lounge
* Marty Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Kathy Mattea @ City Winery
* Jonny Corndawg @ Mercury Lounge
* Rob Base @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Doom Squad, North America @ Zebulon
* Mumford & Sons, Dawes @ Pier A Park
* Peter Yarrow @ McNally Jackson Books
* Le Blorr, Sunbears! @ Knitting Factory
* Cold Specks, Doe Paoro, ARMS @ Glasslands
* Sanctuaries, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Family Band, Jennifer Castle, El Dorado @ Union Pool
* The Voices In Your Head, The Can't Tells @ Cameo Gallery
* The March Fourth, Ruby Fray, Globular Cluster @ Cake Shop
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Big Black Cloud, Girls of Porn, Family Curse, Necking @ Death By Audio
* Dream Affair, Anasazi, Religious To Damn, Nao Katafuchi @ Public Assembly
* Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* CMA Songwriters Series w/ Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby, Bob DiPiero@ Joe's Pub
* Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) @ Beacon Theatre
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche @ Madison Square Park
* Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Starlight Girls, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Summerscreen ('The Princess Bride') w/ Extreme Animals, Soft Circle, PC Worship @ McCarren Park
"Tell Your Friends" comedy comes to The Bell House tonight, and in addition to the listed guests like Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry, there's a "JUST CONFIRMED: A SURPRISE GUEST" which they "can't say too much about this guy, except to say, if you've seen one of the TYF! surprise guests before, you know it means we've got someone goddamned amazing to close out the show. Trust me, if you miss this you're going to be very very sad."
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in theaters this Friday. Hopefully you already caught our free screening on Monday at Sunshine Cinema. Tonight you can "Meet the Filmmakers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland" at the Apple Store in SoHo.
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The xx play Terminal 5 on Thursday (8/2). Check out video of new song "Swept Away" from their recent LA show below.
Grimes DJ'd 285 Kent this past Sunday (7/29), you can check out video from her set (she's cranking Marylin Manson) below. Don't forget she plays a free River Rocks show next week (8/9) with Wild Nothing and DIIV.
Passion Pit made a video for their single "Constant Conversations" and you can watch that below too.
by Bill Pearis
It was an exciting night for seeing chilled-out indie rock big shots on late night talk shows last night (7/24). Fresh off their Summerstage performance, Beach House stopped by Late Light with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Wild," perhaps the most urgent track on Bloom. Meanwhile on the other coast, The xx stopped by Conan to perform their new single "Angels," which does indeed have a little bit of a Beach House guitar vibe at the start. Both bands sound pretty great. You can check out video below.
The xx will be in NYC next week for their sold-out Terminal 5 show. If you didn't get tickets to that, they'll be back October for two shows at The Paradise Theatre in The Bronx and there are still tickets available for both.
While we're on the subject of talk shows, Beach House weren't the only musical guests on Fallon last night. Nelly swung by the desk for a chat with Jimmy and then performed his early-'00s smash "Hot in Herre" with The Roots. You can watch that below too.
by Andrew Sacher
Speaking of artists opening for The xx on their upcoming tour, Barcelona's John Talabot will be supporting the band on a run of dates in October. Talabot won't be at either of the NYC shows, but as discussed, he will DJ with Jamie xx at Le Poisson Rouge on August 4, two days after The xx plays Terminal 5 and the same day that Jamie plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1. Tickets for that show are still available.
Before John Talabot heads out with The xx, he'll be doing his own run of live shows which brings him back to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on September 27, for what will be his first live show in the city since the release of his album. Tickets for that show are on sale. The show is with Pional, who records for Talabot's HIvern label, and sings on his album. Hopefully this means Pional will be joining John on vocals during his set, like he's done in the past. You can check out a video of them doing so at this year's Primavera Sound below.
That video and a list of all dates are below...