Intimate nights at the Bowery are like unembarrassing stand-up routines by Carrot Top: next to impossible, punishable at best. Still, if we forget the nutso in the back who screamed, "Fascists! All of you!" and the other nutso who loudly pointed out lead singer Jamie Stewart's similarities to Michael McDonald (it's true, though), Frisco-based shock artists Xiu Xiu scored unprecedented quietude and used this close relationship with the audience to crucial effect. Xiu Xiu's music exists precisely to turn such intimacy inside out. Without all ears and pinky-swearing trust, lyrics like "Cremate me after you cum on my lips" and "I will shoot this arrow right up your anus" can miss, we'll... More >>>