by / October 21st, 2010 /

Skinny Wolves & Darklight presents: Xiu Xiu, Former Ghosts, Cixous Ghost – The Grand Social, Dublin

Skinny Wolves in association with Darklight 2010 presents

**XIU XIU (USA, Kill Rock Stars)

FORMER GHOSTS (Usa, Upset the Rhythm)**

**& Special Guests : CIXOUS GHOST**

**Followed by Skinny Wolves & Guest DJs until 2.30am**

Friday 29th October

The Grand Social (formerly Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Doors 8pm

Tickets €15 available from http://www.tickets.ie/skinnywolves
& City Discs

(Tickets are selling real quick, so get them now. Limited capacity,
etc….)

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**Darklight 2010 Festival**

Darklight 2010: Heroes Edition will take place 28 – 30 October 2010
in the IFI, Filmbase and the Grand Social (formerly Pravda).

For Darklight 2010: Heroes Edition, they asked some of their festival
alumni and contributors from the past 10 editions to invite their
heroes to this year’s Darklight. They will be programing screenings,
workshops and gigs for the festival. Guest Programmers for 2010 are:

Animator David O’Reilly, art/music/technology collective Synth
Eastwood, independent gig promoters and record label Skinny Wolves,
Film & Animation History lecturer and musician Michael Connerty,
digital rights expert and documentary filmmaker Caroline Campbell and
Producer extraordinare Katie Holly.

Find out more about the Darklight 2010 Festival here:
http://www.darklight.ie/
and download the schedule of events here :
http://www.darklight.ie/2010_mini_schedule.pdf

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**XIU XIU**

http://www.myspace.com/xiuxiuforlife

Xiu Xiu have always embodied a spirit of brutal experimentation and
collaboration, whether it be recording music with Grouper, Deerhoof,
Michael Gira and Zola Jesus to sharing vinyl space with Devendra
Banhart and High Places to creating their own videos, including photo
art in their releases to selling made to order tshirts covered in
their own blood.

Never ones to shy away from controversy, (they are named after a
depressing film about a 15 year old Chinese girl who finds herself
caught in a situation where prostituting herself to local government
officials is the only way out), their most recent self-directed video
featured one member inducing vomiting over the course of the three
minute song, culminating with another member getting vomited upon.

Their sound has certain cinematic qualities, which include the ability
to make you nauseous and uneasy but at the same time having you sit on
the edge of your seat, enthralled as to what will come next. Reviewers
have compared their sound as “melding New Order with the Suspiria
soundtrack”. To hear Xiu Xiu play is to be shaken, disturbed, and
shown something original. Their avant garde tendencies and cultivated
chaos are always fighting with their more melodic synth-pop
influences, resulting in a kind of gothic pop or horror-laced new
wave. Their records prove that art can be pop and pop can challenge
you to look inside yourself.

http://pitchfork.com/artists/4683-xiu-xiu/

**VIDEO :**

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**FORMER GHOSTS**

http://www.myspace.com/formerghostssleep

Former Ghosts is the collaborative project of Freddy Ruppert featuring
Zola Jesus, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Yasmine Kittles of Tearist
whom Pitchfork described as sounding like what might have happened to
Joy Division if Ian Curtis had bought a Casio and a four-track and
fired the rest of the band

About the forthcoming NEW LOVE LP from Former Ghosts:

Music as the relief, yet also the reminder of the need for relief. If
only there were some word that meant both cure and poison. ‘New Love.’
It’s two words, but one title. New love is a cure for the heartbreak
and jealousy of the past, but a beginning to a new obsession – the
search to replace the old love.

This obsessive search radiates through the entire album. Freddy
Ruppert’s newest collaborative project is as much an emotional
obsession as it is an obsession with sound. The new album is poppier,
cleaner, more seductive, sweet, charming, but more bitter. The
claustrophobic reverb from the last album has been replaced. The
syrupy, entangling wash of sound has been hollowed out and exploded in
size.

‘New Love.’ listens hollow, empty, endless. Like a spacious landscape,
frightening in it’s expansiveness. This landscape is populated at
times sparsely, and at times densely, with a broader use of sounds –
guitars, treated piano, glitched out rhythms and beats. The entire
sonic experience neurotically crafted – an entire world hand-carved
with complete surgical control over every sound.

**VIDEO:**

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**CIXOUS GHOST**

http://www.myspace.com/ghostchips

A one-woman barrage of sound, a beat séance from the edge of the
etheric, not so much beyond the veil as pushing through it with
glove-fingered hands – Cixous Ghost’s music is music that goes
dum-ba-dum-bump in the night, screeches in the early hours of the
morning and hums its way through the afternoon. Muscular and driven, a
fragile beauty floats above the fray, translucent and wavering, as
broken toys and lost souls writhe in a dance best described as
‘otherwordly’ or ‘obscene’ or ‘oh..?’. A veteran of the
femino-anarcho-punko-queer o-pop-rock and everything in
betweeno-scene, Emily Aoibheann (Party Weirdo, Janey Mac, Holy Ghost
Toast, Avanti Maria!) takes a canny ear for a catchy beat and combines
it with an unvarnished and unashamed blissful weirdness to produce a
solo project that spits in the eye of phallagocentric rock and offers
a vigorous back rub with its cold, clammy fingers.

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**UPCOMING SKINNY WOLVES EVENTS:**

CAP PAS CAP – Haunted Light (WOLF006) LP Launch

w/ Meljoann + Catscars


Saturday 13th November ’10

The Workmans Club, Dublin

ABE VIGODA (Usa, PPM / Bella Union)

w/ Girls Names


Saturday 20th November ’10

The Grand Social (Formerly Pravda), Dublin

SUN ARAW (Usa, Not Not Fun / Woodsist)

w/ Guests


Friday 26th November ’10

The Joinery, Stoneybatter, Dublin