XIU XIU at the Crofoot Ballroom

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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Kill Rock Stars recoridng artists XIU XIU: The songs drape themselves across their subjects in deformed electro tapestries. They play out like symphonies, but feel compressed into the internal microcosm of an American bedroom... bedroom symphonies, bedroom confessions over chimes and gonging bells and industrial beats and buttery guitar leads that slide through the songs like a straight razor opening up skin. Sez Popmatters: "If Tiny Tim was a clinically depressed smackhead with major obsessions with Tom Waits' Bone Machine, Einst├╝rzende Neubauten, the Residents, and Ian Curtis's darker fare, that wouldn't even be halfway to fully describing their sound. Basing each song on minimalist acoustic guitar or piano chords, Xiu Xiu throw in various influences, such as cut-up style beats and tape loops, electronic screeches, clanky percussion, and even sounds that echo a Javanese gamelan orchestra, making for a desolate, hauntingly spare musical arrangement that perfectly punctuates Jamie Stewart's singing, which ranges from whispers and whines, to all-out, anguished wails. Yet underneath all the noise, all the emoting, are some very well-crafted songs." With PRURIENT and COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER (Rob Fisk, ex-Deerhoof).

 

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