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Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu on non-Western sounds and his affinity for Suicide (the band)

Xiu Xiu got its start in 2002 when Jamie Stewart and his friend and longtime musical collaborator Cory McCulloch started writing songs in a more experimental vein, making extensive use of non-Western percussion and tones. The group's debut album, 2002's Knife Play, anticipated more widespread use of non-western instruments in underground bands by a few years, and it quickly became a classic record and subsequent tour in the band's history. Since then, Xiu Xiu has set a high bar for challenging itself creatively while still having fun with the music and working with a wide array of its peers in the underground musical world and beyond.

See also: - Tonight: Xiu Xiu at the Gothic Theatre, 9/24/12 - Michael Gira of Swans on the new album and his time as a bassist - Win tickets to see Swans tonight at the Gothic

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.