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Xiu Xiu

When: Tue., May 1, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Since arriving temporarily in Durham a few years ago, Jamie Stewart has played only a handful of local shows, perhaps symptomatic of his well-documented lack of love for the Bull City. That's a shame, too, as Stewart is one of those rare bandleaders who treats the stage like an exhaustive exhortation; every note, every song, every wavering texture and every line about abuse and sadness and fighting against them feels like a right of life. Always—which is ostensibly the last LP Stewart will release while a North Carolinian—provides ample opportunities for such deliverance. Whether slashing at anti-abortion fundamentalists, stateside warmongers or the creeping demons of his past, Stewart's weld of synthesizers and big beats and softness cradled by volume remains simultaneously ostracizing and alluring. With Oulipo. —Grayson Currin

Price: $10-12

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