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Printed in October 12, 2010 issue of  American University’s The Eagle. Found on The Eagle’s website here.

With only one album to their name, London natives The xx performed like seasoned pros at the 9:30 club on the chilly night of Oct. 5. The reigning indie cool kids reflected the themes of minimalism and intimacy on their 2009 self-titled debut album in their mature, refined performance, seducing the sold-out crowd.

Vocalists Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim breathed the sensual lyrics, almost as if the audience was eavesdropping on an exchange between lovers — if those lovers were inexplicably hip, had matching haircuts and outfits, and were followed around by an MPC sampler played by Jamie Smith. The nearly pitch-black 9:30 — save for the artsy, bright backlighting, “xx” on the MPC booth, and a strobe “x” backdrop — created a chilling atmosphere that perfectly complimented Smith’s cool, crisp beats, Croft’s catchy guitar melodies and Sim’s rolling bass lines.

Shauna Alexander from BrightestYoungThings.com

 

 

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Written for October 5, 2010 issue of  American University’s The Eagle. Original version was edited shorter in order to fit the print edition. This version has some of the pieces that were cut, including two more sets. Version published in print Eagle here. Photos and videos by me.

Free music? Yes. Legally? Even better. Virgin Mobile’s FreeFest was back this year in full eclectic force at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. on Sept. 25.

Merriweather Post Pavilion was decked out in Virgin Mobile and other sponsors’ banners, tents, outdoor lounges, giving FreeFest a carnival feel — or even a hipster Disneyworld, with swarms of twenty-somethings, freebies, and funnel cake. A Ferris wheel decorated with a Virgin Mobile logo was set up next to the West Stage, and was colorfully lit up at night, adding to the fun feel.

The event marked the fourth year the Virgin Group sponsored the music festival, but only the second year tickets were free. In 2009 the festival was dubbed “FreeFest” and general admission ticket seekers were encouraged to donate $5 to various homeless youth charities partnered with Virgin. When the main batch of tickets sold out, Virgin Mobile’s FREE.I.P. program allowed people to sign-up for various volunteer drives to earn tickets. Last summer’s FreeFest raised more than $80,000 for youth homelessness and logged over 30,000 hours of volunteer time.

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