Xiu Xiu took the stage at Bowery Ballroom as a two-piece on Friday night and, with the help of a drum machine, managed to make lots of noise. It helped that there were something like 30 cymbals on stage. At one point, Jamie Stewart broke a string on his guitar and quickly replaced it between songs. 30 cymbals, but only one guitar.
Frog Eyes opened, and they remind me of a cross between The Pixies and The Wedding Present, and singer Carey Mercer looks a lot like Andy Richter.
Read Pitchfork’s glowing review of 2003’s The Golden River.