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The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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Counterbalance: The xx - 'xx'

Watch things on VCRs with me and talk about big love. I think we're superstars -- or at least the xx are. A 2009 indie pop masterpiece is the focus of this week's Counterbalance.

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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.

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In Defense of End-Of-Year Lists

With 2012 all but over, the usual treasure trove of year-end countdowns have begun. Oh, happy day!

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Late Fall 2012 New Music Playlist

Ready for another playlist with background notes for music by Cat Power, Stars, Deerhoof and more.

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the xx - "Chained" (video)

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

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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.

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the xx Stream Their New Album 'Coexist' Via Their Site

London's the xx have just made their eagerly awaited new album Coexist available for streaming in its entirety.

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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.

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Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground

To pair Jamie XX’s interest in this territory with a musical figure like Gil Scott-Heron makes even more sense than perhaps the original conceit of I’m New Here.

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ACL Music Festival Day 2: 9 October 2010 - Austin, TX

Day two of our three day coverage of the ACL Music Festival, and fatigue still runs high, while Black Lips and LCD Soundsystem shine. M.I.A, unfortunately, is a different story.

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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.

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Big Ears Festival: 26-28 March 2010 - Knoxville, TN

For Knoxville music and arts fans, it was time to show the rest of the world that we’ve got a pretty hip little town on our hands, and the Big Ears Festival is a perfect mission statement.

Andy Feliu
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The xx + jj + Nosaj Thing: 31.Mar.2010 - New York

The music of the xx, jj and Nosaj Thing seems best enjoyed on a stoner’s record player rather than the stage of a 1,400 person capacity music hall.

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CMJ 2009: Day 2 - Javelin + The xx + Saul Williams/Afro-Punk Tour

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat. Words and Pictures by Stephen Stirling

Stephen Stirling
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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.


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