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Demons, Caravaggio, and Feminism: Xiu Xiu on 'Girl with Basket of Fruit'

Sparked by Caravaggio's Boy with Basket of Fruit, Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart sees the title of their latest work, Girl with Basket of Fruit, as a comment on feminist politics and the precarious role of women in the world.

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Xiu Xiu - "Jenny GoGo" (Singles Going Steady)

"Jenny GoGo" is a tormented industrial nightmare, with Jamie Stewart's hushed, unsteady vocals proving far creepier than any of the screeching, ominous electronic noise could ever be.

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Xiu Xiu - "Into the Night" (Singles Going Steady)

Xiu Xiu bring their characteristic experimental noise to a Twin Peaks soundtrack tribute.

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Deerhoof: La Isla Bonita

Deerhoof's 12th album channels the band's musical chops toward sharp political critique while retaining moments of whimsical release.

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Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts, Red Classroom

Stripping down to the core elements can reveal a whole new sound for some bands. For Xiu Xiu, it makes a band already invested in creating intentionally difficult music sound too difficult to be worthwhile.

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A Knife in the Sun: An Interview with Xiu Xiu

After over a decade of crafting his visceral avant-pop sound, Xiu Xiu shows no signs of slowing down,

Corey Beasley
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Xiu Xiu: 2 May 2012 - Washington D.C.

Xiu Xiu remains one of the most compelling live bands of its time.

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Xiu Xiu: Always

Xiu Xiu, a decade into its career, returns with another album of songs utterly possessed of Jamie Stewart's unique creative voice.

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Sam Mickens: Slay & Slake

"Dark", "mysterious", boring.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Former Ghosts: New Love

Love will tear us apart.... and then stand there laughing and pointing.

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Blue Water White Death: Blue Water White Death

Hope you know how to swim, for the masterminds behind Xiu Xiu and Shearwater are here to take you on a foreboding journey through the dangers of the deep ocean.

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Dear God I Love Xiu Xiu

Humor is not uncommon in Xiu Xiu's music, which often contains similar, nuanced playfulness. Asked where it comes from, Stewart is quick to take a jab at himself. "I'm sort of a dumbass. It's probably initially really inspired by the aforementioned and oft-mentioned Morrissey in that a lot of his songs are incredibly depressing but really funny."

Erin Lyndal Martin
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Xiu Xiu + Tune-Yards: 14.April.10 - Washington D.C.

Upstaging Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart is no mean feat but Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus made even that look easy.

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Xiu Xiu: Dear God, I Hate Myself

Xiu Xiu's seventh studio album constantly begs the question: is Jamie Stewart serious?

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Xiu Xiu

Yes, a Xiu Xiu performance is intense. However, this intensity does not much involve an audience. It’s an intensity directed inward, with frontperson Jamie Stewart offering little to no interaction with the crowd -- indeed, very little eye contact at all.

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Xiu Xiu: Women as Lovers

Predictably, yet another bold and consistently satisfying release in Xiu Xiu's discography.

Mike Mineo
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Xiu Xiu: Remixed & Covered

Even in the hands of others, Xiu Xiu's music can still hurt so good.

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Xiu Xiu

As New England's iconic foliage reaches the peak of its bold color change, avant-garde drama queens Xiu Xiu one-up Mother Nature with a little change of their own.

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Xiu Xiu: The Air Force

The Air Force is, without a doubt, Xiu Xiu’s best album and grandest statement.

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Xiu Xiu: Life and Live

Xiu Xiu flourishes as it wades through layers of childish cries with unabashedly candid mutterings and confrontational arrangements.

Shandy Casteel
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Xiu Xiu: La Foret

Trust Jamie Stewart to deliver the Feel-Bad Hit of the Summer.

Adrien Begrand
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Xiu Xiu: A Promise

Adrien Begrand
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