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Xiu Xiu

With Congs for Brums and Dirty Projectors. Wednesday, October 25, at the Beachland Ballroom.


The only permanent member of the experimental pop duo Xiu Xiu, Jamie Stewart spins character tales in quivering bass and alto. His multifaceted ventures have featured a rotating cast, but lately family ties have proved strongest -- cousin Caralee McElroy alternately anchors and sets songs afloat on the latest release. Coming from a band that never sits still, onstage or off, Air Force (produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier) plays like a retrospective of the group's art-rock/punk/folk/emo/noise past, varying styles as often as band members switch instruments. The lyrics are so painful, they could leave bruises. Stewart coos like a child and screams like a woman scorned to convey the depths of human darkness.

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