The Zephyr Song

 

The XX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro – duh. VCR. Heart Skipped A Beat. Islands … keep it up and I might cry. And keep it up they did.  The XX was nothing short of awesome Wednesday (11/11) at Bowery Ballroom.

As me and Meg made our way to the foot of the stage, we couldn’t help but bounce to the trippy, energetic workings of opening act Jon Hopkins.  All by his lonesome on stage, he put together beats that shot right through you. To quote a friend, “this sounds so sick to us but look at him, could you imagine what this sounds like in his own head?” I’d kill to know.

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Jon Hopkins Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

As Jon Hopkins walked off stage from a room full of satisfied yet hungry for more concert goers, the room went dark and all you could hear was the sweet, sweet sound of the trio (sans 1 member) that took the stage next. Their music has an effect that puts you into an almost comatose state. Every part of your body relaxes and you want to just close your eyes and actually feel the music, not just hear it.  The subtle but oh so necessary background beats paired with the calming duo of voices make The XX a must see. Making their way through other hits like Crystalised and Shelter and so on, my live experience made me appreciate them even more as a band then my headphones could ever deliver.  The only negative? How emotionless and stationary they are on stage – but hey, it works for them!

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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The XX Live @ Bowery Ballroom 11.11.09

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“Fly away on my zephyr. I feel it more then ever. And in this perfect weather, we’ll find a place together.” (‘The Zephyr Song’ by The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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posted by: Keegan Vance Forte at 4:02pm on Friday, Nov 13, 2009

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