Formed in 2005 by a group of classmates in Putney, England, the xx came to the attention of wide audiences with its 2009, self-produced and self-titled debut album. Bringing together a moody, post-punk musicianship with hip-hop beats and downtemp sensibilities, the xx struck a chord with a sound that recalls acts like Portishead and New Order. The act's 2012 follow-up album, Coexist, revealed the increasing influence of the dance music the outfit's members heard in U.K. clubs and elsewhere.
- Tonight: The xx at the Fillmore Auditorium, 6/3/13
- Jamie Smith of the xx on mixing oil and water and how it applies to his London band
- Own a piece of, ahem, music history. Buy xx's lighting gear