We finally got our Hurricane Sandy make-up show from The xx last night, relocated to the Hammerstein Ballroom which turned out to be a good setting for them. They sounded amazing and ran through a tight set that did a good job mixing old and new material. Jamie xx taking “Reunion” into his own solo track “Far Nearer” towards the middle of their set was probably my personal highlight but I was smiling and singing along from start to finish. Apparently this was their first show of 2013 and they sounded refreshed and ready. Oliver told the crowd how much they love playing in New York and the feeling was obviously mutual as the crowd was loud and engaged the whole time. Definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen in the past few years. They’ve improved by leaps and bounds since the first time I saw them.