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September 8, 2010

Beach House's Victoria Legrand on The xx's Mercury Prize Win

beach%20house.JPGMoody British goths The xx won the vaunted Mercury Prize for their debut album yesterday.

It just so happened we were on the phone with Victoria Legrand of Beach House when the announcement was made, and we asked her for some thoughts. For starters, what's the Mercury Prize anyway? "It's a big deal," Legrand says.

The prize, given annually to British and Irish music only, has gone to standard-bearers like Pulp and Portishead in the past. This year, The xx beat Dizzee Rascal and Paul Weller.

Beach House and The xx have been touring since the beginning of the year, and inevitably they've coincided on a bunch of dates. They played Glastonbury in June, and will be at Austin City Limits in October...

Since their debut, British music mags have fawned all over The xx for their moody arrangements. Legrand described their music as "fragile yet powerful."

"What they do is definitely fresh," she says. "It's highly stripped down, not over-produced. I like the simplicity of it."

Sounds like something someone might say about Beach House. The band opens for Vampire Weekend Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavillion.  Look out for our review.

The xx play DC's 9:30 club October 5.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:57 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Local music


Yeesh I wish I could just pick up the phone and call Victoria Legrand, I'm jealous of your job already!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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