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Music, Hear This Xiu Xiu: Show Preview

Xiu Xiu: Show Preview

Jamie Stewart doesn't make things easy — not for fans of Xiu Xiu, not for his group's assorted guest personnel, and certainly not for himself. The San Jose-based musician has long frolicked in the depths of human misery, creating an…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jamie Stewart's infinite sadness is exhausting

Jamie Stewart's infinite sadness is exhausting

Jamie Stewart is a morgue-serious songwriter. And yet it's impossible for me to take the Xiu Xiu frontman seriously. The ache in his indie rock takes introspective moping to such an exaggerated extreme it's difficult to endure with a straight…
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Music, Hear This Making Grown Indie Boys Weep: Xiu Xiu

Making Grown Indie Boys Weep: Xiu Xiu

"Fuzz" is for Muppets — the abrasive garage-punk of Japan's King Brothers more closely resembles steel wool. While these self-proclaimed "blues aliens" occasionally use a light touch for a quick scrubbing, their true purpose is to scrape through greasy, feedback-crusted…
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Music, Split Myself in Two

Split Myself in Two

A golden sun is warming Fruitvale on a Saturday afternoon. I'm seated in the kitchen of Jamie Stewart, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is the driving force behind the group Xiu Xiu (pronounced "shoo-shoo") and who is way more…
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Music, Reviewed Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu

The first thing you hear when you put on Fabulous Muscles, the third full-length from Oakland's Xiu Xiu, is a couple of giggly synths burbling over skittish drumming. It sounds like tweaky circus music. "Oh," you think, "a fun-time happy…
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Music, Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge

Even though Xiu Xiu's debut album, Knife Play, is chock-full of references to death and despair, bassist Cory McCulloch insists it could have been a lot bleaker. "I wanted to play really happy pop, but ... that's our happy pop.…
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