Archive for June, 2009

Eat Your Own Ears presents
The xx
Plus special guests

Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH 020 7684 0060

August 16 and 17 2009
Doors 7pm

THE XX play their first ever headline show in Hoxton Hall.

The London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).

These four nineteen and twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending south west London’s Elliot School – the comp whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.

Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rhianna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.

These influences combine via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce a stark, sweet melancholic pop.

The band’s debut album is due for release on the show day on XL Recordings imprint Young Turks.

Tickets £9.50 from
0870 264 3333

Due to high demand, Bill Callahan will play a second night at Islington's Union Chapel.

Eat Your Own Ears presents
plus special guests

Wednesday 19 August
Thursday 20 August – NEW DATE
Doors 7.00pm

The Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Islington, London N1 2UN 020 7226 1686

Tickets £16.50 advance (subject to booking fee)
0870 264 3333

BILL CALLAHAN (Smog) radiates a peculiarly male energy: an unspecified
kind of careworn rage, an acute sense of restlessness. As an autobiographer, Callahan is a rogue trader with an unreliable commodity, a conscientious objector to the confessors club that constitutes singer-songwriting.

Though new album Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle has a lighter feel than earlier Smog releases, the songs featured contemplate religion, nature and Callahan finding his own place. Callahan’s trademark bass vocals and his songs dark introspection find their perfect home in the gloom of the Union Chapel.