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The xx Curating Exhibition Cycle at Sonos Studio

You’re all probably familiar with the xx by now.  The industrial, heavily atmospheric style that informed much of their first, self-titled album earned them not just some deserved critical acclaim, but also quite a lot of popularity. “Intro” showing up in all kinds of TV spots like coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games didn’t hurt.

Now, the London-based band is curating an exhibition cycle at L.A.’s Sonos Studio called “Coexist,” named for their recent and similarly acclaimed album.  First is an interactive installation called “Missing,” which focuses on their track of the same name and runs from now until November 26th.  50 robotic players (sounds mysterious, doesn’t it?) will engineer the exhibiton based on visitors’ movements.  Think of it like experiencing the band’s music with all of your senses.  Except taste, maybe, but with these guys you can never be sure.

If you’re not into the interactive stuff, the next two events are less abstract.  On November 27th, multitalented Solange and Dev Hynes will talk about their new EP “True” and its wide range of musical roots, from R&B to African percussion.  Following that, Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of Stone Throw, will run a workshop on the management and label side of music.

Then, returning to the interactive mindset with one last hurrah on December 5th, producer/musician  Nosaj Thing will perform in anticipation of her upcoming hip-hop album “Home.”

With the xx taking a natural step into full, interactive experience, anyone in the area should check out Sonos’ ambitious project while they can.

-Alex Gladwin

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