"They're gonna be in an H&M ad in, like, 30 seconds." That's just one of the lines I heard uttered behind me on March 31 at the sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters show by buzz band The XX at NYC's Webster Hall. Audiophiles (and anglophiles!) have been buzzing about the show for weeks after the moody Brit trio's kick-butt gigs at South by Southwest and they did not disappoint at the NYC show, strumming out most of the sparse, emotive tracks from their widely-acclaimed, self-titled 2009 debut album, which ranked on most Best Of the year lists, including in Rolling Stone!
The minimal yet striking lighting effects only helped enhance the sleek and dreamy sound these old pals have honed (their track "Intro" was featured heavily in that AT&T commercial from the Olympics featuring Apolo Anton Ohno). And the show only breathed more life into an album I continue to be enthralled by. Oh, and they also threw in a killer cover of Kyla's "Do You Mind." It was nothing short of remarkable without at all trying to be, just like the band comes off on wax.
If you were one of the unlucky few not in NYC, though, don't fret: The band will continue to hit the road to perform at stops including the upcoming Coachella and Bonaroo music fests.
Click here to watch the start of the exhilarating, landmark show with their aptly named track "Intro" from those Olympics ads.
The full New York City performance setlist is below:
Heart Skipped A Beat
Do You Mind (Kyla Cover)
For more on the group, visit TheXX.info.