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Arts and Entertainment

The xx @ Wiltern Theatre, 06/06/10

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The xx, one of the big hype bands of the year, made their second showing in SoCal in less than three months at the Wiltern Theater on June 6th. After a breakout Coachella (and every summer festival for that matter) performance, the band returned with, well - nearly the same set. Being that they only have one album, an album that has been met with nearly universal acclaim, it is hard to knock them for this. The interplay between singer Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim is a thing of beauty, their voices weaving in and out of each other. Lyrics filled with heartbreak, love, lost love and heartbreak again set against a minimalistic soundscape of guitar, bass and drum machine makes it all a very atmospheric and esoteric affair.

Another return date has been scheduled for September 22nd at the Paladium and it will be interesting to see evolution of this promising group.