January isn't the busiest time for concerts, but it is a month full of show announcements. It seems like a big and interesting show has been announced almost every week, and we can't complain. Crystal Castles, Billy Bragg, and Jeff Mangum are all something to look forward to.
The fun doesn't stop there, The xx just announced a show at Marquee Theatre.
This gorgeous, minimalist band is set to play at The Rialto Theatre in Tucson next month, but will return to Arizona in April. The band's second show will be Monday, April 15 at Marquee Theatre.
This announcement makes The xx good candidates to play Coachella as well. They are already listed as a logical prospect on Consequence of Sound's festival outlook, but it makes even more sense for them to play an interim show in Phoenix between Coachella weekends.
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If I'm not mistaken, this will be The xx's first show in Phoenix. I drove to San Diego to see them play a few months ago, and it was totally worth it. I was concerned that the slow songs wouldn't translate well to a live performance, but the visuals and Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim's vocal interplay were fantastic. The live experience was a bit like the "Crystalised" video, but on a much larger scale.
I'm a little biased though, The xx's sophomore album, Coexist was tied for sixth place on my Pazz and Jop ballot. The band played most of their material from both albums, so there's a good chance you'll be able to hear all of your favorite songs live. The xx is scheduled to perform at Marquee Theatre on Monday, April 15.