The xx & Grizzly Bear

The xx & Grizzly Bear
Event on 2013-06-06 18:00:00

The xx

The xx follow up their 2009 self-titled, Mercury Prize-winning debut album, with Coexist, was released this past Sept. 11th. In 2009 the south London trio’s debut, quietly made at night over the course of two years, bled steadily into the public consciousness to become shorthand for newly refined ideas of teenage desire and anxiety. Articulated with a maturity beyond their years, it’s hallmarks were restraint and ambiguity. In the age of the over-share, ‘XX’ was pop with its privacy settings on max. Three years later, Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are back with a new album, and a new perspective. Where XX lent in close to whisper in your ear, Coexist gazes warmly in your eyes. Much has happened to lead to this point: most pertinently, they’ve grown up. Previously cast as the quiet one, Jamie became the public face of The xx in 2011. In-between DJ gigs, he focused on growing his production skills, developing a distinct sound and presence. His remix of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, re-imagining of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album on We’re New Here with its defining single I’ll Take Care Of U, and his debut solo single Far Nearer, set him apart as a highly regarded producer in his own right. That position was cemented when Drake asked Jamie to produce the title track of his album ‘Take Care’, inspired by I’ll Take Care Of U. Eventually the single sold over 1.8 million copies. Above all, though, ‘Coexist’ is an album of confident adult reflection. Angels, sung by Romy, is a perfectly distilled love song. Its counter is Fiction led by Oliver, a bittersweet ballad that’s strength lies in naming its fear. What has changed for The xx? Nothing, and everything. Older and wiser, surer yet still so tender, ‘Coexist’ finds itself on the other side of heartbreak, when the light returns. Hitting the road for a brief 6 stop North American pre-release tour, Jamie, Romy and Oliver performed sold out shows at The Phoenix in Toronto July 28th and Montréal’s Metropolis on July 29th. Following the album’s launch they were be back to Canada for dates in Vancouver (The Vogue), Quebec City Oct. 24th (Imperial), and Toronto (Massey hall) For more information, please visit

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear released their first album in three years on September 18th via Warp Records. Recorded over the better part of a year, the album represents the band's most charged and concise collection of music to date and follows 2009's critical and commercial breakthrough, 'Veckatimest.' 'Veckatimest' debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Indie chart in 2009, and was one of the year's most lauded releases. It ranked #1 on the NPR Listener's Poll and Top 10 on year-end lists in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Pitchfork, SPIN, The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll, and many more. In March 2012, The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli declared it "one of the best rock discs of this century so far."

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