The xx (Band)

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    June 16, 2014

    Highlights From Brooklyn's Northside Festival 2014

    I'm a surly bastard, and among the things I hate most are large crowds and what I call "festy cunts " (terrible people who attend festivals like they're following Van Halen on tour). If you also hate music festivals for their attraction to white people who think it's appropriate to wear Native Ameri ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    It's Hard Out Here for Lily Allen

    There hasn't been a time in Lily Allen's career when she wasn't controversial. From her three, snark-ridden albums to her public persona that has included quite a few beefs with a diverse array of fellow stars, Allen has never shied away from saying and doing whatever the fuck she wants. After a bre ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    True Widow: A More Crushing Version of The xx, Sabbath Produced by Phil Spector

    Whether it's sparking up a joint and waiting for the high to kick in or getting together with his two True Widow bandmates to make loud, ruminative, gorgeously glowering music in practice spaces or on stages, drummer Timothy "Slim" Starks says the idea, always, is to relinquish control. "That's whe ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in NYC This Week, 4/29/13

    Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.

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    December 26, 2012

    Frank Ocean Is Boring: The Year Lifeless Music Found Critical Praise

    In 2012, nothing was as popular as being massively boring. Frank Ocean drained the sexiness and excitement out of r&b, to widespread critical acclaim. Lana Del Rey sighed listlessly over string arrangements in a tight dress, like some kind of Kristen Wiig character who stumbled out of the Holodeck a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    100 & Single: fun., Gotye, M83, EDM, And The Beginning Of The Hot 100's Spotify Years

    How do you know when you're at the dawn of a new pop era? It's not like someone sends a memo. Sure, occasionally there's a well-timed cultural event that offers a hint—the disastrous Altamont festival in December 1969, which signaled that the flower-power dream was over, or Comiskey Park's Di ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011
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    September 29, 2010

    2010: The Year of Indie Pets

    Best Coast TumblrBobb, Bethany, and Snacks It's become increasingly impossible to mention Best Coast, the three-person vehicle for noise-pop Cali-queen Bethany Cosentino, without referencing her pet Snacks. That darn cat is on the cover of her debut full-length Crazy For You, nonchalantly poised am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Q&A: Hot Chip on One Life Stand, Recording With Peter Gabriel, and How Kebab Fat Ruined Their Studio

    Ever since Hot Chip got home from its seemingly never-ending world tours in support of Made in the Dark, the English quintet has been laying groundwork for their next five years. Guitarist Al Doyle and synth player Felix Martin built their own recording studio. Vocalist and synth player Joe Goddar ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2010

    The-Dream Syndicate

    Lovers of r&b already love him. Time to wake up everyone else.

  • Music

    January 19, 2010

    The Top 10

    Arguing about mellow indie rock, Lady Gaga, and the real grizzly bears

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The New York City Record Store Year-End Roundup

    ​In 2009, we began the weekly Local Top 10, a series we hoped would prove that New Yorkers were far too stubborn to let the record store go. The series ran until last month, when we literally ran out of stores to cover--not the best sign for the future of music retailing in New York City. Befo ... More >>