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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
The XX
XX
Young Turks

Rating: 8.2/10 ?


September 7, 2009
The XX. One X away from porn. The chromosome combo of a female. Now a band from Southwest London, whose influences run the range from Aaliyah to The Pixies. Reminds me of when Bloc Party told us that they were raised on all things "pop culture from 1976" to the present, in XX's case especially the R&B, easing the surprise they're a Britrock hype that's neither a guitar band like Bloc Party nor balladeers like Coldplay. I suppose I can say that the XX sound like Interpol--if Interpol ate collard greens. "Basic Space," the title of the second-best track, says all we need to know about their minimal, lusty groove.

"I can let you out, I still let you in," sings Romy Madley Croft over Flying Lotus-like beats and reverberating guitars. What's this song all about? Think about it. Think hard. Think long.

If the spare, R&B feel is unusual for an indie-identified crew, wait until "Crystallized," the best track on the album, gives you flashes of "Will You Light My Candle," the sexy showstopper from Rent.

For now, in their awkward stage, the band may be maligned for their case of Young Marble Gigantism. Though even that group never came near the carnal specifics this calls up; things get pretty heavy on the low end in "Fantasy," the choice pit stop here for listeners to make such, uh, arrangements. Though anything here should cure the no pussy (or cock) blues. The XX is for lovers and non-lovers alike, though even its surefire appeal I wouldn't call this a pop album. I would deem it sensual, musical in-out. It sure beats Klonopin.

Reviewed by Daniel Kober
Daniel I. Kober is a DJ and South Jersy native who saves lives and loves tabouli salad.

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