Concert Review: The xx turn up the BPM in Toronto
When it comes to bands getting good mileage out of their debut album, it’s hard to beat The xx. Since 2009, the London-based indie pop band have played a handful of shows in Toronto, including a headlining show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre this past summer. Now that they’re playing venues like Massey Hall — and charging approximately $40 and upwards for tickets — the band can no longer get away with playing 35-minute sets. The loss of guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi, long before the making of the second album, hasn’t seemed to faze the band. As a three-piece, Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith, have focused their individual abilities into a well-oiled machine. Even though their sophomore album, Coexist, only came out last month, the majority of the audience Tuesday night seemed to already know all the lyrics to the new songs.