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Photos: The xx/jj, 3/25/10 by Barbecue Bros
March 30, 2010, 3:07 pm
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The xx/jj – 3/25/10: The xx, originally uploaded by twoguns.

The xx/jj
Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from jj, but playing over pre-recorded tracks with her home movies in the background (as well as a video highlight reel of swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic) wasn’t quite it. To her credit, she did come and play her first song with an acoustic guitar. She even tried to bookend the set with another acoustic song, but the mic guy had already cut off the guitar when the guy in the group who was obviously drugged out of his mind failed to play even a guitar chord during the set.

The xx are already pros in terms of lighting and mood during their shows. The songs sounded tight, and there was nary a stray note during their set of nearly every song from their debut album plus a cover (not the Florence + the Machine one, though). As long as the band is given a night time set (essential for their music and lighting), I look forward to checking them out at Bonnaroo again.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: Vampire Weekend at The Orange Peel in Asheville on 4/6

Linkdown: 3/24/10 by Barbecue Bros

Diplo on the new M.I.A. album:

“…It’s sort of like an Animal Collective/ gospel/ giant-drum record. And she’s singing on it. I think you might expect some rap/club music, but nothing on there. It’s more of a heavy record. All kinds of different sounds. We did, like, a punk thing. … It’s weird.”

Blitzen Trapper announce a new album, Destroyers of the Void, to be released on Sub Pop on June 8

Photos from the first show of The xx and jj‘s tour; will be seeing both of them tomorrow night and can’t wait

Ben Folds is not the Chatroullette piano guy (that guy’s name is Merton), but he did pay tribute to him at his recent show in Charlotte

An entertaining memo from David Mamet to writers from his now-canceled show “The Unit”

– Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Jorma Taccone discuss MacGruber

The Strokes are recording music, just not with Julian Casablancas (yet)

The 10 most redundant things that are put on movie posters (via Vulture)

– The Ryan Adams unreleased album Blackhole is apparently finished

Music Video: jj – “Let Go by Barbecue Bros
March 3, 2010, 2:39 pm
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The first video from n°3 from the Swedish group who is opening up for The xx when I see them in Carrboro later this month. Nicely shot in black and white.

jj nº 3 album art by Barbecue Bros
January 21, 2010, 6:47 pm
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Just came across the minimal artwork for the forthcoming album dropping March 9.

(via Gorilla vs. Bear)