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The XX Marks the Spot

December 2nd, 2009


In 2005, four schoolmates—Romy Madley Croft (vocals and guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals and bass) and Jamie Smith (beats and samples)—who shared a similar taste in music, from the Cure to the Pixies to Missy Elliott, joined together to form the XX. The band’s self-titled debut, marked by quiet vocal duets and an efficient use of samples, came out earlier this year to much acclaim. Last month, Qureshi left the band, citing exhaustion. But the show must go on, so the XX continues as a trio. They open for Friendly Fires this Saturday at Webster Hall, but that show is sold out (although you can try to Grow a Pair of free tickets). Fortunately, the XX will be back on April 22nd at Terminal 5. Check them out, above, playing “Night Time” on Later…with Jools Holland.