photos by Vincent Cornelli

School of Seven Bells
School of Seven Bells

Friday night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg had its share of problems. First it was moved from Webster Hall to Music Hall of Williamsburg (presumably for less-than-expected ticket sales). Then one of its openers, First Aid Kit, couldn't get into the country. They were replaced by the Depreciation Guild. Then the other opener, Warpaint, mysteriously disappeared off the bill and was replaced by Phantogram. Finally, to add insult to injury, School of Seven Bells were supposed to be the headliner, but not surprisingly, some of the crowd cleared out after the much hyped xx played third of fourth on the bill at the sold out show.

"Their stage setup was really xxxxxxxxxx-core, with two large X podiums from the left to the right with the band members dressed up in dark colours. The band's stage presence was very striking; this only complemented their minimalist dream pop sequence.

The XX do not have the energetic stage presence that most bands at CMJ have. They just hammered out each song without any variation. It was as if their hearts did not skip a beat.

If the XX come to your town, expect a good show but not one that's too jumpy. You can shout out the lyrics from the audience but the XX will remain stoic, just to deliver and concentrate on putting on a live show." [B Sides]

More pictures from the show below....

Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

The xx

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

From here, Vincent ran to Brooklyn Bowl to catch Chromeo.