Posts tagged “The xx

2010 Lollapalooza

The rumors will soon be put to rest as the official line up for the 2010 Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park will be confirmed tomorrow. Many big names (and Dustbowl favorites) and been leaked; here are a few of the acts that I am getting really excited about…

  • The xx
  • Dirty Projectors
  • Green Day
  • Stars
  • Phoenix
  • Spoon
  • Arcade Fire
  • The Strokes
  • The Temper Trap
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • MGMT
  • The National
  • Devo
  • The New Pornographers
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Wolfmother
  • Yeasayer
  • Metric
  • Matt & Kim
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Minus the Bear

So much more… check back at the Lollapalooza site tomorrow for the complete official results.

— Haley Rheinhart —

haley.dustbowl@gmail.com

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The xx

If you’ve been watching the Vancouver Winter Olympics (the obsession currently overtaking my life) at all, you’ve probably seen that commercial for AT&T. You know, the one with Apolo Ohno skating around the dark track until it ultimately breaks free and starts spinning beneath him like a record?

That’s the one.

The guys behind the music here are none other than The xx, my other latest obsession. Coming to us from London, The xx first showed up on my radar a couple months ago when a good friend of mine insisted that I check them out. I was immediately impressed after downloading their debut album, xx, released in August of 2009.

At times eerily ambient, xx encapsulates The xx’s influences of 80’s guitar sound and American R&B among many things. They have created music that you could immerse yourself in just as easily as you could fall asleep to. Of course, I can’t go without mentioning their use of male and female vocals, ghostly but beautiful, which give the band, perhaps, one of their most tell-tale sounds.

You can find The xx in Minneapolis on April 9th playing a sold out show at the Varsity Theatre. If you already have tickets, lucky you. If you happen to have a couple of spare, contact me. Seriously, guys.

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— Haley Rheinhart —
haley.dustbowl@gmail.com