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Monday, December 17 2012

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2012

Another year, another round of disappointments. While previous years may have been more obvious in their selections, this year’s list is fairly fortuitous, blending a variety of genres and artists.

Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best 60 Albums of 2009

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.

Monday, December 7 2009

The Best Debut Albums of 2009

The best debuts are exciting not only for what they promise, but for what they deliver, too. Think of these ten albums not as what could be, but also what already is: the best debut records of 2009.


Wednesday, February 13 2013

In Defense of Opening Acts

You know how you want to time your concert arrival to miss the opening act? You could be missing out on your next musical obsession.


Monday, September 10 2012

The xx: Coexist

Coexist may be the kind of album that fully reveals itself over time, but, for now, one of the year's most anticipated releases only keeps you waiting for something more to happen.

Wednesday, August 18 2010

The xx: iTunes Festival: London 2010

iTunes delivers an exclusive but abridged set of live songs from the young London electro-soulsters.

Sunday, May 9 2010

The xx: iTunes Live from Soho-EP

It's not that the songs from the xx's iTunes live session aren't top-notch, it's that they're redundant renditions of the album originals.

Wednesday, October 7 2009

The xx: xx

London’s the xx belongs to the rare and dignified breed of artists who, on their debut, emerge fully formed with a unique sound and style all their own.


Monday, October 15 2012

the xx - "Chained" (video)

London's the xx release their latest video, "Chained", in partnership with the Creators Project.

Thursday, August 9 2012

the xx - "Chained" (stream)

the xx's latest album Coexist releases 10-11 September and the band has just offered up a new tune by way of preview.

Tuesday, July 20 2010

The Mercury Prize 2010 Nominations Are Out. Even Odds on the xx and Dizzee Rascal

The nominations for the UK's coveted Mercury Prize have been announced and include a couple PopMatters favorites like the xx, Foals, I Am Kloot, and

Wednesday, June 30 2010

Shakira covers the xx 's "Islands" at Glastonbury

At this past weekend's Glastonbury Festival, Colombian pop sensation Shakira revealed that she too was a fan of the much revered indie wunderkinds the xx.

Friday, May 21 2010

Divas Discover Indie Rock! (streams)

So maybe the latest trend in diva-pop is to look to their poor indie stepsisters for some needed inspiration. It might still take a little


Tuesday, March 30 2010

British band The xx: masters of simplicity, generators of buzz

AUSTIN, Texas — The breathy back-and-forth vocals and simmering erotic tension that suffuse the debut album "xx" by the British indie band The xx might lead

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