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the whitest boy alive

Quite unexpectedly, and after a lukewarm start, The Whitest Boy Alive in Paradiso on Tuesday turned into one of the most exciting concerts of the year, contagious, danceable, and winning over the sold-out house with their nerdy showmanship.

Their first album, 'Dreams', contained mostly pleasant summer pop songs mixing the hushed wistfulness of Kings of Convenience (the other band of singer Erlend Øye) with some Talking Heads funk. The follow-up, 'Rules', already hinted at a more danceable streak, and this is what they fully exploit live - laying down jumpy grooves and transforming their pop material into playful and at times outrageous jams, though without losing sight of the catchy basis of their songs.

Here's the best moment of the evening caught on phone-quality video, when after playing '1517' the band freezes, and the crowd goes wild.


the xx

Lots of praise going out to a bunch of 20-year-olds from London, as after their singles ' Crystalised ' and ' Basic Space ' The xx finally released their debut album 'xx'. (Yes, that all needs to be lowercase.) Sparse and atmos… Read the full post »

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