Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Art of Noise (Concert Review)

Xiu Xiu @ the Bluebird 5/23/12 w/ Father Murphy and Dirty Beaches B-
via my cell phone

Tonight's show was not for everyone, as evident by the 100 people (give or take a few) who attended.  The show opened with the Italian trio, Father Murphy, who performed their horror film inspired songs to a crowd of about 30.  Followed by Dirty Beaches, who wowed the sparse audience with an intriguing noise filled set that featured lead singer Alex Hungtai's Elvis style crooning amongst a sea of distortion and feedback... it was quite beautiful.  Finally, the experimental art-rock band from San Jose, Xiu Xiu, took the stage and played a blistering set of about 12 to 13 songs.  The duo (Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo) didn't cracked a smile all night, and Stewart seemed to be suffering from a slight illness.  Between songs he was sure to take a swig of water, and at one point he fell and left the stage.  Upon his return, he uttered something about dying and thanked the crowd for coming.  Despite the aforementioned mishap, Xiu Xiu still put on a great set, albeit, one that was too short for my liking.

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