The xx – FIRST SHOW IN NEW ZEALAND IN 8 YEARS

The Trusts Arena. Thursday 11th January 2018.

Tickets Through Ticketek.

This is an all-ages show with a licensed bar available for over 18’s.

It’s a long anticipated and hugely welcome return for The xx who last played in New Zealand in 2010. The xx are coming back as a band who have now taken their place alongside the all-time greats, performing in the area where the alternative meets the electronic to produce what, for many people, is simply perfect atmospheric pop for today.

Eight years ago The xx recalibrated the musical landscape with their ground-breaking debut release xx. Its distinctive style became the most critically acclaimed release of the year. Featuring crowd favourites ‘Intro’, ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Shelter’, xx won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2010 for best album of the year.

Fast forward to 2017 and The xx are one of the most in demand bands on the planet, selling out arenas in Europe and the USA and headlining festivals around the world. Just last week their new album I See You was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize and it’s in this synchronistic moment that The xx announce their return to New Zealand!

The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. The London based trio are touring at an all-time high following the January release of I See You – universally lauded as the band’s biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. The xx launched their new album with a record-breaking seven consecutive sold out nights to 35,000 people in their hometown at the legendary and iconic venue Brixton Academy.  

‘Britain’s most influential modern band set the Brixton Academy alight….. No act has captured the musical zeitgeist of the past few years quite like The xx.

(The Telegraph, UK ?????)

Tickets go on general sale Friday August 25th at 10am.

Don’t miss out. Magic will happen.

The xx

The Trusts Arena, Auckland. Thursday 11th January. All Ages.

The xx FAN CLUB PRE-SALE via thexx.info/tour
Begins: Monday 21 Aug (12pm noon NZ)
Ends: Thursday 24 Aug (10pm NZ)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 25 Aug (10am NZ)

TICKETS THROUGH TICKETEK.CO.NZ

The xx have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Visit plus1.org for more information on the organisation.

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Kane Strang Shares Official Video For New Single, “Silence Overgrown”

Two Hearts and No Brain Out Now On Dead Oceans

Kane Strang has unveiled the official, video for “Silence Overgrown,” off new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, available now on Dead Oceans.

Crafted from footage captured by Kane and his bandmates during their US and European tours earlier this year, the video for Silence Overgrown offers a glimpse of the tour life across the globe. On his self-made video, Kane says, “landing in New York ahead of our first overseas shows and walking around that night was hands down the most surreal moment of my life. I never even thought I’d visit America, let alone be there for my music and I’m so glad we managed to capture fragments of that and the rest of this crazy year on camera. This goes out to everyone who has come see us play or let us crash at their houses or bought the album. Thank you!!!”

In addition to the recently announced New Zealand dates, Kane has added a run of Australian shows supporting Ali Barter.

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The Lemon Twigs announce Brothers of Destruction EP

The Lemon Twigs have announced Brothers of Destruction, a six-track EP of previously unreleased material.

Slated for September 22nd, Brothers of Destruction was written and recorded by the D’Addario brothers – Brian (20) and Michael (18) – on their 8-track at home in New York during Spring 2015, not long after recording their debut album, Do Hollywood. The half dozen songs, most of which already feature in The Lemon Twigs’ searing live shows, will be made available digitally and as a 12” vinyl.

“In the beginning of 2015 we had songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions, so we decided to record them at home in New York on our 8-track. Many of you will recognise some of the songs from our live shows. They’ve changed a lot over the past year, but these are the original versions. We consider the EP the last chapter of the Do Hollywood era of our group. So enjoy!”

Yesterday, the siblings shared ‘Night Song’ with fans during a Reddit AMA, and the track can now be heard below:

‘NIGHT SONG’ – https://youtu.be/pDemaZCPtak

Brothers of Destruction

12” 4AD0033T / Digital 4AD0033

  1. Intro
  2. Why Didn’t You Say That?
  3. So Fine
  4. Beautiful
  5. Night Song
  6. Light and Love

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Goat Girl Share New Single “Crow Cries”

Rough Trade /The Label are excited to announce the new single ‘Crow Cries’ by South London four-piece Goat Girl  to be released on August 25th, 2107

Hear ‘Crow Cries’ now:  http://rtrecs.co/crowcries

Goat Girl formed a few years ago in South London, the band have been busy on the road for the last 18 months playing with everyone from The Fall to Parquet Courts.

Named after the questionable Bill Hicks comedy sketch Goat Boy (“It’s disgusting,” says Lottie, although she’s quick to add: “But I like his social commentary, and the satirical element to what he did,”) the band are fresh out of their respective London colleges and a million miles away from everything else ‘new’ you’ll hear right now.

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JAPANESE BREAKFAST RELEASES “ROAD HEAD” VIDEO

SOFT SOUNDS FROM ANOTHER PLANET

out 14th July via Dead Oceans / Rhythmethod

Today, Japanese Breakfast has shared a music video for “Road Head,” the latest from Soft Sounds From Another Planet, the much anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed Psychopomp. Of the video, Michelle Zauner says: “‘Road Head’ is the fifth music video Adam Kolodny and I have collaborated on. For this one we wanted to focus on staging and an exaggerated color palette. We were inspired by Fallen Angels and Twin Peaks.”

Soft Sounds From Another Planet is a work of self-reflection that looks out at the cosmos in search of healing, finding inspiration in science fiction, outer space, and the Mars One Project. The album is due out July 14th on Dead Oceans / Rhythmethod.

PRAISE FOR SOFT SOUNDS FROM ANOTHER PLANET:

“Another great Japanese Breakfast album in the style of Psychopomp would’ve been a gift, but this is something better. It’s proof that we’re only beginning to glimpse Zauner’s capacity for evolution.” –Pitchfork

“Mines the dark drama of Vangelis and the melancholic fall-out from Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak.” –NPR

“Japanese Breakfast follows up one of our favorite songs of the year with another absolutely lovely jam from her forthcoming LP” –Gorilla vs Bear

Soft Sounds is shaping up to be just as multifaceted and varied as Zauner’s first.” –Stereogum

“Critics everywhere best start making room on their Best of 2017 lists… ‘Machinist’ is proof that Zauner is growing and changing in an adventurous, unafraid way. Even the sky isn’t the limit.” –Paste Magazine

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Watch – The xx ‘I Dare You’

The xx release a brand new music video for ‘I Dare You’, directed by Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with The xx and Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. Watch it below!

The video, filmed in Los Angeles, continues The xx’s longstanding visual collaboration with McLellan, who also directed the band’s ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’ videos, in addition to their collaboration on the It Could Be Love photo book zine.

Last week, the band released a deluxe version of their album I See You online, featuring three new songs: ‘Naïve’, ‘Seasons Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’…

 

The National at Glastonbury – bring out the beast!

NME said in reviewing the Glastonbury performance, “their set’s only flaw: it just all ended too soon. But the impact they made was immense. They’ve played the long game, and they’ve won. It’s time for the world’s biggest cult band to become a whole new beast.”

Click the image below to check out….

.. or share from here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p056vq7b

The National – Sleep Well Beast out 15th September on 4AD

 

This little band also played at Glastonbury…& released a new video!

Radiohead – Karma Police – Glastonbury 2017

OKNOTOK release Friday June 23rd and Radiohead just dropped this to go with it!

Video for Man Of War – Directed by Colin Read

The track is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon : http://x-l-r.co/manofwar

Radiohead – OKNOTOK – out now!

 

Hold On! Lorde not the only band killing it at Glastonbury..

Hallelujah and praise be for our Lorde for her fabulous Glastonbury set smasher….

but our very favourite Brits, The xx, also killllled it…

Check out this one track we are allowed to see in the southern hemisphere! (WTF BBC!)

Beam us up Scotty!! (and back in time!)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ec584f/play/a4jp8g/p056sxtk

Look for the On Hold 3″47 video …

On Hold is from The xx’s latest album I See You’.. which you should totally check out…

The xx – I See You (Deluxe) released on Digital Services

The xx– I See You (Deluxe)

 Released On Digital Services Today For The First Time

 Featuring Three New Tracks: ‘Naïve’, ’Season’s Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’

Friday 23rd June 2017 – The xx today release a digital deluxe version of their highly acclaimed third album. I See You (Deluxe) is available on all digital services now and features three new songs: ‘Naïve’ (which features a sample of Drake’s ‘Doing It Wrong’), ‘Season’s Run’ and ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’. The songs were previously available on the I See You boxset but have never previously been available digitally.

To mark the news, The xx have today also revealed a video for ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’. Again, the video was only previously available in the I See You boxset.
The xx – I See You is out now on Young Turks / Rhythmethod

The xx online:

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