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[LIVE] The xx & Haim @ Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA – July 23, 2012

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Walking into The Henry Fonda I was more than pleasantly surprised to see Haim on stage as a surprise replacement opening act. The 3 sisters ripped through the 3 songs we know and they were good. The real surprise was the electricity they blasted through their new stuff. They ended the stellar set with each of them on a drum kit pounding away in a rumbling group drum solo that had every eye and ear in the room locked in. Truly stunning.

An opening act this good would be a worry for any headliner and having never seen The xx before, I have to say I was a bit worried too. Music as delicate as theirs can sometimes seem thin on stage. I feel like I could just be listening to the record really loud at home instead. This was not the case here.

With Romy and Oliver up front and Jamie working the wall of boards, kits, and knobs behind, they opened the set with the just released “Angeles.” As beautiful as the song is, it hadn’t given me hope for an evolution in their sound. Seems a bit like xx-lite. Needless to say it was perfectly rendered on stage. And then so was the song after. And the one after that. They alternated only 1 or 2 old against a new and the change-up worked seamlessly. Every note was spot on and I even discovered new elements of songs by watching them play it live. A bass line here. A click-beat there. I was enthralled.  And the other new jams!? Holy crap. “Angels” is just a tease. Mere foreplay for the aural sex these guys are cooking up for Coexist. They have learned some new moves and it feels good. Jamie slips house beats into the classic xx sound and the results pulse and groove wonderfully.

Anyway, enough blather. They have a hell of a lot of dates lined up so just go see them. You’ll probably have to sell your sibling for tickets though because it seems like just about everywhere sold out in seconds.

Upcoming shows:

DATE VENUE CITY COUNTRY STATUS
JUL 25 SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET SEATTLE, WA UNITED STATES SOLD OUT
JUL 28 PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE TORONTO, ON CANADA SOLD OUT
JUL 29 METROPOLIS THEATRE MONTREAL, QC CANADA FIND TICKETS
JUL 31 WILBUR THEATRE BOSTON, MA UNITED STATES SOLD OUT
AUG 2 TERMINAL 5 NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES SOLD OUT
AUG 9 TERRANEO FESTIVAL SIBENIK, CROATIA (HRVATSKA) FIND TICKETS
AUG 10 SZIGET FESTIVAL BUDAPEST, HUNGARY HUNGARY FIND TICKETS
AUG 11 LA ROUTE DU ROCK ST. MALO, FRANCE FIND TICKETS
AUG 18 FM4 FREQUENCY FESTIVAL ST POLTEN, AUSTRIA FIND TICKETS
AUG 19 LOWLANDS FESTIVAL BIDDINGHUIZEN, NETHERLANDS FIND TICKETS
AUG 31 ELECTRIC PICNIC CO LAOIS, IRELAND FIND TICKETS
SEP 2 BERNS SALONGER STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN ENTER LOTTERY
SEP 4 ADMIRALSPALAST BERLIN, GERMANY GERMANY ENTER LOTTERY
SEP 6 CIRQUE D’HIVER PARIS, PARIS FRANCE MORE INFO
SEP 7 BESTIVAL NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT UNITED KINGDOM FIND TICKETS
SEP 10 O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MORE INFO
SEP 11 THE COAL EXCHANGE CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM BOOK TICKETS
SEP 12 USHER HALL EDINBURGH, MIDLOTHIAN UNITED KINGDOM BOOK TICKETS
OCT 5 VOGUE THEATRE VANCOUVER, BC CANADA
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OCT 6 PARAMOUNT THEATRE SEATTLE, WA UNITED STATES
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OCT 7 ROSELAND THEATRE PORTLAND, OR UNITED STATES
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OCT 10 THE POOL – THE COSMOPOLITAN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, NV UNITED STATES
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OCT 11 SOMA SAN DIEGO, CA UNITED STATES
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OCT 12 HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM LOS ANGELES, CA UNITED STATES
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OCT 13 THE HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETARY LOS ANGELES, CA UNITED STATES
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OCT 16 THE COMPLEX SALT LAKE CITY, UT UNITED STATES
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OCT 17 BOULDER THEATER BOULDER, CO UNITED STATES
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OCT 19 FIRST AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS, MN UNITED STATES
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OCT 20 CONGRESS THEATER CHICAGO, IL UNITED STATES
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OCT 21 PABST THEATER MILWAUKEE, WI UNITED STATES
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OCT 24 IMPERIAL DE QUEBEC QUEBEC CITY, QC CANADA
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OCT 25 HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON, MA UNITED STATES
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OCT 26 THE PARADISE THEATER BRONX, NY UNITED STATES
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OCT 28 THE PARADISE THEATER BRONX, NY UNITED STATES
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OCT 29 ELECTRIC FACTORY PHILADELPHIA, PA UNITED STATES
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OCT 30 RAM’S HEAD LIVE! BALTIMORE, MD UNITED STATES
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Brandon is obsessed with popcorn, sandwiches, and new music.