Events, Issue 22, Magazine

The XX at CMJ Plus the Death+Taxes Interview

Gray Hurlburt :: Friday, October 23rd, 2009 2:30 pm

On a scorched afternoon in early August I met with The xx, a young, soft-spoken bunch of Londoners who dress in mishmash black attire, at a retro diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On account of the stifling weather, the allure of air conditioning and starchy food just seemed called for. I was hungover and tired, which, as it turns out, so were they.

When they came in through the glass door, bassist Oliver Sim had to duck his elongated body through the frame, and the rest followed in right behind. Together they looked like an adolescent combination of the Jesus & Mary Chain and Bauhaus. And like those rock stars, who could chronologically be their fathers, The xx already bore the physical strain of supporting a new album—replete with drooped shoulders and raccoon eyes. This brunch came after a long tour through Europe’s summer festival circuit, five shows in New York City (one the previous night with Friendly Fires), and two photo shoots that morning. MORE »


Today In Music

Brenna Ehrlich :: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 1:45 pm

Welcome to the kind of official reintroduction of D+T’s links round-up, appropriately titled ”Today In Music.” If you live in New York City (and you don’t happen to reside under a rock situated smack in the middle of the mainstream), then you probably know that there’s a huge music fest going on called CMJ-which means there’s a hell of a lot going on in music today. Regardless, we have slogged through the spiraling corridors of the Internet to bring you a wholly fresh batch of links. Click your brains out after the jump.