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Xiu Xiu Map U.S. Tour

Who? Xiu Xiu, the Oakland, CA-bred avant-garde post-rock project of Jamie Stewart, currently featuring Stewart’s cousin, multi-instrumentalist Caralee McElroy, as well as percussionist Ches Smith and bassist Devin Hoff.

What? A 25-date nationwide tour in continued support of their Spin-praised set Women as Lovers, kicking off in Los Angeles Aug. 14. Along the way the quartet will be joined by a bevy of opening acts, including Evangelista, Prurient, and former Deerhoof member Rob Fisk’s new project, Common Eider, King Eider.

Should I go? Sure. Xiu Xiu’s eclectic and colorful sound, and Stewart’s weathered, sensitive-sailor bellow translate well live, usually resulting in a hair-standing-on-the-back-of-your-neck experience. And the excellent Women as Lovers only punctuates the tour’s urgency, adding to the band’s vast catalogue of both older album material, and dictionary-thick collection of B-sides and rarities.

All dates via Pitchfork

Xiu Xiu tour dates:

8/14, Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex) *8/15, San Diego, CA (Casbah) *8/16, Tucson, AZ (Solar Culture) *8/19, Lubbock, TX (Tequila Jungle) *8/20, Austin, TX (Mohawk) *#8/21, Houston, TX (Orange Show Center for Visionary Art) *#8/22, Birmingham, AL (Bottle Tree Café) *# 8/23, Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn) *# 8/24, Charlotte, NC (Milestone) *# 8/25, Baltimore, MD (Sonar) *# 8/26, Providence, RI (Living Room) *# 8/27, Boston, MA (Paradise) *# 8/28, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom) *#!8/29, Pittsburgh, PA (Garfield Artworks) #! 8/30, Columbus, OH (Milo) #! 9/1, Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop) #!9/2, Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom) #!9/3, Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge) #!9/4, Dekalb, IL (House Café) #!9/5, Madison, WI (High Noon Saloon) #!9/6, Minneapolis, MN (Triple Rock Social Club) !9/7, Fargo, ND (Aquarium) !9/10, Seattle, WA (Neumos) !9/11, Portland, OR (Backspace) !9/13, San Francisco, CA (Bottom of the Hill) *!

(* w/ Evangelista) (?# w/ Common Eider, King Eider) (?! w/ Prurient)

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