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Olympia The­atre, Dublin Tonight and to­mor­row 8pm ¤37.50/¤29.50 (sold out) 0818-719300

Yes, it’s the quiet ones you have to keep an eye on, and The xx are noth­ing if not calm and serene. For a band so young (they’ve only been around since 2008), they’ve cer­tainly come a long way. Their 2010 de­but al­bum – the beau­ti­fully late-night whis­per that is xx – won the Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize, and be­fore you knew it this un­der­ground act were the talk of the town, their mu­sic used all over tele­vi­sion shows (as well as by the BBC in its cov­er­age of Bri­tain’s 2010 gen­eral elec­tion!) and sam­pled by Ri­hanna (on Drunk on Love).

If the de­but al­bum eased the band into the main­stream, this year’s Co­ex­ist lev­els out the ex­cite­ment by high­light­ing a cre­ative mind­set that sticks to its guns. This time, how­ever, they align their un­fold­ing slo-mo dream­scapes with skele­tal beats that se­ri­ously flirt with the dance floor.

Gigs of the week, no ques­tion or doubt. (But, please, if you can’t get tick­ets, head to the one be­low.)

can’T see ThaT? caTch This

Che­quer­board Tonight, Dublin


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