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the xx headlining the music box

The xx had their first headlining show in L.A. at the Music Box this past Saturday, June 5.

I was there.

It was so lovely.

I’ve said it so many times but they are simply mesmorizing live.  Transfixing. It’s something that I didn’t get until seeing them in the flesh.  Romy Madley Croft’s voice is gorgeous…so much longing, forlorn emotion behind each lyric. I can’t get enough. Oliver Sim picks his bass with this definitive pausing, as if he isn’t sure if he should share the next note with you.  He also has those piercing eyes.  Don’t get into a staring contest with him.  He doesn’t blink or break gaze and I was watching him for a lo000000000000ng time.  They hardly leave their mics and don’t do much on stage so I can see why some might even think them boring but they would be wrong.  Their shows are uniquely intimate like a whispered secret.  Even when there are 20, 000 people there like at Coachella.  It draws you in like seductress sirens from Greek mythology.

Here is some video from some friendly YouTubers/The xx uber-fans (thanks to pureinstinktm, nosaintinla, razorstarzz, and Licona1219 for most of these videos!):

Intro

Crystallised

Islands/Heart Skipped a Beat

Shelter

VCR

Do You Mind?

Basic Space

Night Time

Infinity

Stars

Openers Nosaj Thing and Phantogram were fanatastic too.

I love the way Nosaj Thing spins and dances.  It’s one fluid movement.

Phantogram has a unique energy.  MC’s future wife, Sarah, is a wild woman, bounce dancing while she plays.  I prefer her songs and I also like her hair.

For photos from the show, check this:

http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/the-xx-the-music-box-30053389/

For a review on the show, check this:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2010/06/live-the-xx-the-music-box-fonda.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+PopHiss+(Pop+%26+Hiss+Music+Blog)

Setlist: The xx at the Music Box, Los Angeles, June 5, 2010
Main set: Intro / Crystalised / Islands / Heart Skipped a Beat / Shelter / VCR / Do You Mind? / Basic Space / Night Time / Infinity
Encore: Stars

more coachella day 3…

Florence + the Machine doing Dog Days Are Over…

…and covering Hospital Beds with Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willet…

Club 75 doing their closing set…

Julian Casablancas set list…

River of Brakelights


Hard to Explain (Strokes cover)…

11th Dimension…

Out of the Blue

I’ll Try Anything Once (Strokes cover)

…huge surprise…I Wish it Were Christmas Today…

Left and Right in the Dark….

Four Chords of the Apocalypse

Charlotte Gainsbourg doing Heaven Can Wait…

…doing it with better sound but jumpy camera work…

Spoon doing  Who Makes Your Money…

Phoenix doing Lisztomania…

…and 1901…

Little Boots doing Earthquake…

and Remedy…

Thom Yorke now Atoms for Peace doing Cymbal Rush…

Gorillaz doing Clint Eastwood…

more coachella day 2…

Girls doing Lust For Life…

Camera Obscura  doing My Maudlin Career…

…and French Navy…

Temper Trap doing Sweet Disposition…

Beach House doing Norway…

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros doing Home…

The xx doing VCR….

…and Islands…

…Do You Mind…as the Coachella Stage burns…

Dirty Projectors doing Knotty Pine…

Hot Chip doing One Night Stand…

…and Ready for the Floor…

MGMT doing Time to Pretend…

Muse doing Undisclosed Desire…

Flying Lotus doing Galaxy in Janaki…

Sia doing Buttons…

Tiesto doing Calvin Harris’ I’m Not Alone…

2MANYDJS doing MGMT’s Kids…

…and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart…

more coachella day 1…

Yeasayer doing Sunrise…

Aeroplane doing their remix of Friendly Fires’ Paris…

…and their remix of Blur’s Boys and Girls…

She & Him doing Black Hole…

The Specials doing Message to Rudy…

Passion Pit doing Sleepyhead…

…and Little Secrets…

Grizzly Bear doing Cheerleader…

La Roux doing In for the Kill…

…Quicksand…

…covering Rolling Stones’ Under My Thumb…

…doing Bulletproof…

LCD Soundsystem doing Losing My Edge…

…closing with Yeah…

Vampire Weekend doing Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa…

…A-punk…

Jay-Z doing 99 Problems…

…my favorite, Big Pimpin’…

…Beyonce joining to sing Forever Young…

Fever Ray doing When I Grow Up…

Little Dragon doing Feather…

Deadmaus5 rounding up the night…

coachella: Gorillaz at Coachella April 18, 2010

Highlight of Day 3

coachella: The XX at Coachella April 17, 2010

The highlight of Day 2

coachella: LCD Soundsystem at Coachella April 16, 2010

Highlight from Day 1