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Ten national pop acts that will dominate fall charts

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012
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Minimalists and maximalists

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
The xx | Coexist
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012
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The xx | Coexist

The xx's sleeper electro-soul debut was defined by its silences as much as its sounds: by the pauses between dusty, cymbal-less beats, stoned basslines, and echoing guitar pings, and by the pregnant tension between the voices (the unison NyQuil croons o
Young Turks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 07, 2012
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Photos: The xx at the Wilbur Theatre

The xx perform live at the Wilbur Theatre on July 31, 2012.
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By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  August 03, 2012
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WFNX's top 101 songs in 2010

WFNX listeners voted online at  wfnx.com  for six weeks to create this list of 2010's best songs.
WFNX's most popular songs in 2010
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 07, 2011

The XX "Crystalised" - Rory Phillips mix


Remixes can be pretty hit or miss - many are just the whim of overindulgent mixers.  But once in awhile, someone comes along and does...
By New England Product  |  July 19, 2010


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Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

Boston doesn’t mark the xx’s spot


UK hush-rock kids the xx have announced a fall stateside tour, one that’s being billed by their label as “the last chance to see the...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 24, 2010
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Photos: The xx at the Paradise

Photos from the xx's Boston stop on their 2010 world tour.
The xx, live at the Paradise Rock Club, April 2, 2010
By MARCUS GUTTENPLAN  |  April 09, 2010
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SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010


Best of SXSW 2010: Four bands you'll probably hear on WFNX . . . soon.


We stumbled into WFNX honcho MIKE TIERNEY at a couple of shows in Austin, and we must've been pretty shitfaced, because apparently we asked him...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 24, 2010
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Secretly Canadian's new acquisitions (and future touring partners of the xx) continue to harness dualities that leave them smack dab between savvy-kitschy and kitschy-kitschy.
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 26, 2010