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Clubs & Concerts

The XX, Sampha

When: Sun., May 14, 7:30 p.m. 2017

When the beat drops on "Reunion," which arrives halfway through the xx's 2012 album, Coexist, it's a muffled release. It sounds like a slow, ambivalent approach to the club: the real party is inside, and you're loping along, alone, in the dark. But the five brash horn blasts that open "Dangerous," the first track on the band's January LP, I See You, place you firmly between roving spotlight and subwoofer. The British trio's third LP came as a welcome relief from winter's doldrums and presidential panic. It's a confident departure from the band's previous efforts: across the ten songs, Jamie xx's production is slicker, and Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim's exchanged vocals are clearer and more potent. So it feels right to see them outdoors on Sunday, as the sun goes down and the night makes way for dancing. British singer and beatmaker Sampha opens. —Michaela Dwyer

Price: $25-$122

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