Xiu Xiu, Tara Jane O'Neil, and The Juan MacLean made the list too. Check out briefs, photos and audio samples from all of our recommended shows for September 10 through 16.
[Wednesday, September 10] At every Xiu Xiu show I've attended, I've seen people sob uncontrollably, laugh nervously, applaud wildly, and storm out in disgust. But mostly, I've seen fans stand enraptured by the drama unfurling onstage as Jamie Stewart and crew push through some of the most original and powerfully rendered musical experiences the indie-rock world has witnessed. With Prurient, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m., $12 adv. All ages. Listen to FTW.
[Wednesday, September 10] This is going to be a special gig. First off, itâ€™s the Juan MacLeanâ€™s first tour in nearly five years. For somebody so vital to the current indie-electro-whatever scene, thatâ€™s a long time to stay out of the clubs. More exciting, however, is MacLeanâ€™s decision to enlist the DFA house band, the same ensemble that routinely backs LCD Soundsystem and Hercules and Love Affair. When it comes to experimenting with live musicians and electronic dance music, the dude has few equals. With Head Like A Kite, Copy, DJ Colby B. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 9 p.m., $10 adv. Listen to Happy House.