Friendly Fires, the XX tonight at the Triple Rock

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Friendly Fires, seen here listening to R. Kelly's new disc.

As dance punk enters its fifth Pitchfork sanctioned year in the throne of indie rock, tickets like these end up getting hotter and hotter. Locally and nationally, practitioners of the genre find themselves consistently scoring big print.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means you'd either do well to send a few flirtatious texts to your Triple Rock contacts, or come equipped with a c-note to buy a scalped ticket--Friendly fires and the XX are going to be the hottest show of November.


The XX's "Crystalized."

Friendly Fires have been splashing the U.K. scene into a froth since 2006, but it's only been in the last year or so that their name has earned domestic recognition. Theirs is a page taken from the DFA playbook--dancey, disco beats with enough lo-fi indie production values and enough challenging musical twists to entice obscurists.

The XX, on the other hand, are the ethereally melodic, if less adventurous electro outfit. Also from the U.K., the XX's work is equally comfortable with the big boom and thunder of resonant pop that borrows from Arcade Fire's sense of oceanic scope, as well as tidier, more minute and gentle ballads of intense melancholy.

At a face value of $12.00, and with both of these young bands enjoying an intense appreciation of their musical currency, tonight's Triple Rock show is an "I saw them when..." opportunity, provided you're ready to spend the time and cash it'll take to get your butt through the door.

Jen Boyles chatted with the XX's Jamie Smith (some dames get all the luck). Check it out here.

18+. 8:00 P.M. $12.00. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.


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