SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
The XX, Admiralspalast, 8pm
It was in 2009 that minimalistic dream-pop band, The XX, emerged from seemingly nowhere with a debut album.
In addition to selling nearly half a million copies in band’s native UK, the 11-song self-titled endeavor made such a splash that it was placed on the top album lists of major music publications such as NME and Pitchfork Media, and the album went on to win the Mercury Prize in 2010.
Since then, the three members–who all met at the acclaimed Elliott School in London–have been touring nearly non-stop, pausing only to write and record a follow-up, “Coexist,” which comes out next month.
While the first album consisted of catchy, dark, electropop beats, the band has revealed that the new album is heavily inspired by club music, although if sneak preview tracks “Angels” and “Chained” are any indication, the band hasn’t strayed too far from its roots. Natalye Childress
Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, 10117 Berlin; 030 32 53 31 30; S + U: Friedrichstraße; admission: sold out – returns only.