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Listen: Jamie xx's new soul-expanding solo track 'Sleep Sound'

When it comes to atmospheric electronic music, there can be precious little difference between songs that seem crafted for the lobby of a W hotel or an expensive pair of headphones, or for grazing your very soul.

When Jamie xx, the drummer for the xx and a Grammy-winning producer and remixer for  artists ranging from Alicia Keys to Radiohead, makes his own music—an all to rare occurrence; he’s only released two solo songs, and did that way back in 2011—they very much get all up in your inner being. Just bare your psyche to “Sleep Sound,” one half of his “double A-side” single due in May:

If this song were a massage, it would start off reiki, progress to Swedish, and finally dig right into your pressure points, Thai-style. Allow it alleviate your stress over not being able to get into The xx’s life-changing, sold-out Armory shows happening now in New York.

The xx live at the Armory in New York: On the scene

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There may not be many new tricks in the modern concert handbook (
not good ones, anyway) but it was hard not to feel like a part of something special last night at the xx show at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

The British dream-pop trio’s run in the historic New York space certainly defies typical rock-show math: 11 nights, each with two 50-minute performances for an audience of no more than 40 people, in a room so enormous (the main hall is 55,000 square feet) that it looks scaled to aircraft carriers, not humans.

In fact, the actual performance space was surprisingly small—at least at first. After being ushered in through a side door into a cramped basement room, the evening’s forty golden-ticket holders were led like obedient hostages through a winding series of sheetrock-dusted corridors and into a modest square that looked like the war room of a Bond villain, with its rubberized floor and black-clad minions. The minions, of course, were the band: Identically poker-faced, angularly coiffed, and completely silent as the audience filed in and were instructed to stand around the perimeter.

“Should we all take our clothes off now?” A friend leaned over and whispered. And it did have a little bit of a Wicker Man-meets-Eyes Wide Shut vibe, as if we were about to witness either a virgin sacrifice or a wild goat orgy. But then the first notes of music rang out: the spare, shimmering guitar line of the band’s 2012 single “Angels.” READ FULL STORY

NPR is streaming the 'Gatsby' soundtrack: What's worth talking about

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Stop whatever you are doing and listen to The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which is streaming in full over at NPR days before its May 7 release. The album arrives pre-buzzed, thanks to behind-the-scenes work from Jay-Z and a series of tracks from a series of high-wattage artists such as Florence + The Machine, Beyoncé, Fergie, and Jack White.

What results is very good (Lana) and very bad (Florence) and very, very interesting, as is the nature of projects that overflow with talented people all working at once. Also: very period. If you didn’t know the movie is set almost 100 years ago, the soundtrack shouts it out at you, all honking brass and a preference for tempos that slide up the scale like liquor, getting hot just as they hit the chorus. It’s Baz Luhrmann’s costume party-version of the ’20s. But it’s fun! Also sad! (People have a way of dying in Gatsby.) Talking points from the 14-track soundtrack:

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The xx cover Wham!'s 'Last Christmas -- Hear it here

When you think of Wham!, many things come to mind: the 1980’s, synthesizers, pre-irony nylon windbreakers, Zoolander, George Michael’s hair. Noticeably absent on that list are “being cool” and “material that is ripe for reinterpretation,” which renders the xx’s decision to cover “Last Christmas” somewhat peculiar.

Listen to the song after the jump, and be sure to give us your thoughts in the comments!

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On the Charts: Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, and The Avett Brothers start strong

The Dave Matthews Band’s new album Away from the World easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 this week, shifting 266,000 copies.

By debuting at No. 1, DMB became the first group in history to launch six straight albums in the top spot, though it should be noted that Away started substantially smaller than their 2009 set Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which moved 424,000 units in its first week.

Still, the alt-rock jam band makes the bulk its money on the road — and they’ve clearly got loyal fans.

Time will tell how resilient the DMB record ends up being, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

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