The xx producer Jamie Smith (left) met bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim when all three were 11 years old. "I was quite happy just to stay us," Smith says. "I think just keeping your closest friends around is the best." Alasdair McLellan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The xx On Growing Up Without Growing Apart

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Oliver Sim (far left) and Romy Madley Croft (left of center) of The xx shift roles without ever seeming hostile, cold or even unsupportive. Owen Richards hide caption

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The xx: Switching Roles In Song

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Bonnaroo 2010: A Look Back

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The xx, Dan Deacon, Frank Ocean And More

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The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11. Jamie-James Medina/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009

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Vampire Weekend, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Frontman Alec Ounsworth, The XX And More

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The xx performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Listen Now: Hot Chip In Concert

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The xx: Tiny Desk Concert

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The xx: Sparse And Chilling

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Crystalised

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