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PHOTOS: The xx at Aragon Ballroom on 5.1.17

British trio The xx captivated their Chicago audience on Monday evening at The Aragon Ballroom, marking their triumphant return after playing a sold out show at the same venue back in 2013. Celebrating their third album I See You, this show was a part of the aptly named “I See You” Tour, which kicked off in April.

The dynamic and mesmerizing performance from The xx started with new track "Say Something Loving," the eager crowd cheering with recognition as the introductory sample of the Alessi Brothers used in the song rang out into the ballroom. The set list that followed featured an ample mix of tracks from their debut and sophomore album, like crowd favorites "Islands" and "Angels." The band kept the older content fresh by introducing new arrangements and mixes of the familiar tunes, especially with the upbeat version of "Shelter" they performed towards the end of the set. 

Throughout the set, a mutual love and appreciation radiated from the crowd to the stage. Other set highlights included the addition of "Loud Places" from Jamie xx's solo album into the set, a solo and stripped back performance of "Performance" by Romy Croft, and Oliver Sim's dedication to single people before "Dangerous."  

The electrifying evening wrapped up with a very humble and heartfelt thanks from each member of The xx, with Romy mentioning the energy of each and every fan in the venue. 

The Set List

  1. Say Something Loving

  2. Crystalised

  3. Islands

  4. I Dare You

  5. Lips

  6. Sunset

  7. Basic Space

  8. Performance

  9. Infinity

  10. VCR

  11. Dangerous

  12. Fiction

  13. Shelter

  14. Loud Places 

  15. On Hold 

  16. Intro

  17. Angels


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Chicago! The xx will be back in August for Lollapalooza. Check out all of their tour dates here, and listen to I See You below.

Chance The Rapper to Headline Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo released their lineup bright and early Wednesday morning, revealing that Chicago's own Chance The Rapper will headline the 4-day Tennessee festival alongside U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Weeknd.  Lorde and The xx, who have been popping up on loads of festival line ups, will also appear.  Some of our other favorites on the line up include Gallant, Dua Lipa, Joseph, Francis and the Lights, and BADBADNOTGOOD, just to name a few.

Check out the full line up below, and get your tickets now by heading to 

The xx Announce North American Tour

With their new album I See You only about a week away and a UK and Europe tour already announced, we all knew it was only a matter of time before The xx announced a North American tour.  The London based band dropped the tour dates this morning, which starts April  15th in San Francisco, CA and ends May 26th in Portland, ME.  The band is also booked to play Coachella on the 14th and 21st of April between tour dates.  There will be a fan presale for the tour starting on 1/10, which you can sign up for at  They'll be playing The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on May 1st. Check out all of the tour dates below. 

Watch the video for the debut single, "On Hold," from the album I See You to get ready for tour.