The xx performed to a packed house on a warm night at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley this past Saturday, putting on another breathtaking show following their Thursday performance at The Fox Theater in Oakland. As minimalist as their music can be at times, they project such a captivating, big sound when they perform live.
Jamie xx’s influence on the group’s performance has made them a better live act; he utilizes his addictive micro house beats to essentially remix their own songs, providing a new beat for Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s sultry vocals. Songs also segue seamlessly often, feigning a DJ set.
The group mentioned that they have wanted to play the Greek Theatre for a long time, and they even said this was the biggest show they have played, which seems far-fetched with all the massive festivals they have played. Hyperbole aside, this trio is only getting stronger with each performance. Both Marc Fong and Maggie Corwin were on the scene to capture these moments from the show.