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The xx – On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)

Following the release of I See You, the third studio album from The XX, Jamie xx has now released a vibrant remix of On Hold. As far as solo projects go, Jamie has remained pretty quiet since releasing and touring his debut album, In Colour. Since its release in 2015 fans have been desperately waiting for more but considering he spent five years recording his first, we may not see a sophomore album too soon. At least for now we can bask in his spirited, dreamy sound with this.

Check it out below.

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[Festival Review] Positivus 2013 Festival in Latvia

Positivus truly is a festival like no other. Set a brief drive away from Latvia’s capital city of Riga, in Salacgriva, the festival is a beautiful combination of all of the elements we’ve come to love from frequenting both small indie festivals, and the more renowned festivals like Primavera and Glastonbury. Featuring a wonderfully diverse line-up including Sigur Ros, The XX, Jack Beats, Tom Odell, Michael Kiwanuka, Two Door Cinema Club, Imagine Dragons, C2C, Darwin Deez  and John Grant – amongst many others. Continue reading to get a full rundown of Positivus Festival.

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Now Playing: Eliza and the Bear, Tel Aviv, and Pale

Over the past few days, I’ve been compiling songs for the next Tape Tuesday. Yesterday, I visited SoundCloud, which turned out to be both a good and bad idea–good, because there I discovered the three talents below, and bad, because it reminded me just how much music is out there. I mean, that’s the crux of what music blogging is: the attempt at finding diamonds in the rough and exposing them to people who tend to like your diamonds. Sometimes it’s just frustrating knowing that there are so many diamonds and so much rough. That probably sounds weird, but it’s true. As for the tunes below, I was honestly just way too excited to share them with you to wait until TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013.

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Bastille – No Angels (The xx vs TLC)

Bastille Ohter People's Heartache pt. 2

Bastille continues to amaze me. He’s taken mashups to a new dimension: he tends to recreate the mashups with his own talented vocals, making it more like a blend between a mashup and a cover, and at times he even pulls in other talent like he does in this track with Ella. Here, he’s blended TLC’s “Scrubs” with The xx’s “Angels.” At once it’s both shocking and stunning. I’ve had to do a double take and ask myself if I really just heard The xx and TLC at the same time…talk about my past and my present colliding. Wow.

Download the entire mixtape ‘Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 2’

Bonus: “Oh Holy Night” – Bastille

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Tape Tuesday: Secret Beach

Don’t just dream in your sleep, it’s just lazy.

Secret Beach is a real place. But this mixtape isn’t about the actual place where I’ve had some of the best nights of my life. Instead, this mixtape is about the idea of a fictional Secret Beach where you can relive your greatest memories in all their glory. The main conflict of the tape is finding a balance between relishing old memories and creating new ones. The conclusion is definitely left open to interpretation about whether the protagonist moves on or chooses to stay at Secret Beach.

But hey, you might listen to these 20 songs and get a completely different story out of it. Part of what makes music so powerful is that it affects people in different ways. Secret Beach is where you can remake your own story.

In dissolution, I found beauty. How the hell have you been?

  1. YesYou – Half of It
  2. Elite Gymnastics – Andreja 4-Ever
  3. Lightning Love – Bobby Thompson
  4. Benjamin Gibbard – Teardrop Windows
  5. Rubblebucket – (Focus) Oversaturated
  6. Fantasy Rainbow – Condominium
  7. Another – Looking Away
  8. The Sweet Serenades – Moving On
  9. The xx – Try
  10. Passion Pit – On My Way
  11. Two Door Cinema Club – Next Year
  12. COIN – It’s Okay
  13. The Sweet Serenades – Help Me!
  14. Swim Deep – Honey
  15. Praything – Soon Soon
  16. Bear Mountain – Survive (Germany Germany)
  17. Novi Split – Hollow Notes
  18. Years and Years – I Wish I Knew
  19. Slam Donahue – Good Morning World
  20. ABADABAD – All The Bros Say


You’re so attractive when you’re stretched out cat-like yawning.

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The xx – Angels

This is one of my favorite songs of the year. It’s simple yet painfully intricate. It almost reminds me of Peter and Kerry’s “Knees” which we featured on last year’s Mr. Blue Sky. The line that’s repeated throughout this song (“Being as in love with you as I am”) just speaks to the angsty teen within me.

The xx will be releasing their sophomore effort Coexist on September 11. Check out the tracklist below.

  1. Angels
  2. Chained
  3. Fiction
  4. Try
  5. Reunion
  6. Sunset
  7. Missing
  8. Tides
  9. Unfold
  10. Swept Away
  11. Our Song

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Suicidal Thoughts (White Lotus Remix) // The Notorious B.I.G vs. Kanye West

“Suicidal Thoughts” has always been one of my favorite Biggie songs, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s also one of my favorite Biggie songs to hear mashed up. The song’s grim theme and short length (I think) protects it from falling victim to generic, shitty party remixes. But either way, this mashup is surprisingly sweet and simple, with the vocals layered over Kanye’s also wonderful “Runaway.” Take a listen. I’ll also post the original, as well as my favorite remix of the song, a mashup with the XX’s “Fantasy.”

MP3: Suicidal Thoughts (White Lotus remix) – the Notorious B.I.G vs. Kanye West

MP3: Suicidal Fantasy (wait what remix) – the Notorious B.I.G vs. The XX

MP3: Suicidal Thoughts – the Notorious B.I.G


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Lollapalooza Day 2 Coverage!

Here’s the second report from Taina, who’s at Lollapalooza. Don’t forget to scoot on over to for more details!

As it turned out, finding the time to blog about a festival while you’re AT the festival and do not have internet in your hotel room became a very difficult task.  With the mix of meetings, after parties, and taking the time to actually enjoy the festival, there was very little time to sit down and write.  However, it’s about time for a festival roundup!  Here’s a taste of what happened since the last entry:

Day Two of Lollapalooza was fantastic!  We started the day a little bit late, as we were finishing up some work from the day before.  As a result, our first attempt at viewing a show came with The xx, who played at Bonnaroo just a few months ago.  Both Ashley and I were amazed by how large a following they’d managed to rouse up in such a short time period.  The crowd was insane!  We were able to hear just a small amount of their set before heading over to catch Gogol Bordello.  If you haven’t had the chance to see Gogol Bordello live, I strongly recommend it.  They put on such a fun show.  Everyone in the crowd was singing and dancing around like they were at a big fat Greek wedding.  I loved every second of it… minus the heat.  The wind in the Windy City apparently completely bypassed the Parkways stage at that point in the afternoon… Ashley had already seen them several times, so she headed over the Grizzly Bear show.

The xx

We both met up to catch Metric, who also boasted one of the larger crowds of the weekend (besides the headliners).  Other shows we caught (together, and separately) on Day Two: Spoon, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, and Green Day.  Each of us managed to snap some choice photos at these shows, which we’ll be posting here, on our Flickr account, as well as on the Facebook page.

One of the best parts of our second day at Lollapalooza was by far the after party held at The Beauty Bar.  Jamie xx from The xx was one the DJs at this event, held in a bar where you could dance to the music and get a manicure all at the same time.  We managed to meet some great people at this event, all of whom have potential to help further Rock and Wrap It Up!’s mission.

The same went for the folks we ran into the next morning as we worked to stay out of the rain, which cleared up fairly early in the afternoon.  Look for updates about our future work with them in the upcoming weeks!  As far as shows we caught: a tiny bit of Mumford & Sons, Hockey, Yeasayer, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mutemath, Erykah Badu, MGMT (whose management team we met prior to their set), The National, Cypress Hill (who were joined on stage by Erykah Badu!), Soundgarden, and Arcade Fire. The energy, the crowds, and the music were all amazing on Sunday. It was hard to believe that it was all over after the Arcade Fire closed out their set.

Arcade Fire Lollapalooza 2010

The music didn’t completely come to a close with the last note of their set, however.  Thousands of festivalgoers flooded the streets of downtown Chicago, singing along with street musicians and making last minute t-shirt purchases to commemorate their time in Grant Park. It was one of the coolest things to watch the entire weekend.

After making our exit from the festival, we showered and got ready to head over to the Official Lollapalooza Closing Party, hosted by Glassnote at the Hard Rock Hotel.  With performances by Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap, and two thrilling DJ sets, this was definitely the place to be on Sunday night.  Right after we got in, the event hit capacity!  More great introductions were made and I can honestly say that a good time was had by all. So much fun, in fact, that we were starving by the end of it and were forced to go on a hunt for food.  (Hey, we’re a hunger organization; we like to make sure everyone is fed, including ourselves.)

Coverage written by Taina Thermidor, Music Program Director at Rock and Wrap It Up!

Photo Credit 1 | Photo Credit 2

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The XX – Insects


“Insects” – The xx

New joint from The xx. All I can say is I’m excited! Enjoy, and happy black Friday!

Download “Insects”

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Biggie & Tupac vs. The xx – Runnin with the xx


“Runnin with the xx” – Biggie & Tupac vs. The xx

Dope new mashup featuring an up-and-coming indie band and hip-hop classics.

Enjoy, and download here.

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