NPR Music to webcast Hot Chip and The xx "Live In Concert" on Saturday April 24 at 9PM (ET)
Photo: Hot Chip
Sold-out concert from 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., will stream at NPR.org/music
NPR Music's "Live in Concert" from All Songs Considered series will webcast an exciting live double bill featuring breakout U.K. bands Hot Chip and The xx Saturday, April 24, 2010 from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Both bands are known for their distinct electronic sounds, but feature separate yet equally rewarding ways of creating their music.
The complete show will be available for live, free streaming beginning at 9 PM (ET) at NPR Music, and will also be archived on npr.org for those who miss the sold-out live event.
The xx will start off the show with its dreamy, laid-back pop. The band offers a nice sonic contrast to Hot Chip, even though both hail from the same alma mater, the Elliott School in London. NPR Music hones in on The xx's less-is-more sound, describing how the band uses "negative space to create an airy atmosphere." Guided by soft percussion and minimal guitar lines, the band's two singers trade lyrics to form an intimate, melodic conversation over the mesmerizing music.
Hot Chip will then take the stage with its contagiously energetic dance numbers. The band structures its compositions like many other electronic artists -- using consistently strong beats, synthesizers and lively vocals -- but still manages to maintain its humanity and warmth. Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving for the entirety of Hot Chip's sold-out performance.
NPR Music frequently live webcasts concerts from venues across the country as part of its vibrant "Live in Concert" series. Recent concerts include Kings Go Forth, Joanna Newsom, Dinosaur Jr. and M. Ward. Live music fans can also browse its collection of performances from this year's South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, at www.npr.org/sxsw
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