Charlottesville has the sort of confusing honor of hosting the raw, emotional California band Xiu Xiu over this emotionally complicated weekend, the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Amid a string of strong albums over the last decade the group released Fabulous Muscles in 2004.
I bring it up because that’s got "Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels OH!)" on it, in which frontman Jamie Stewart confronts some complicated feelings towards soldiers in our recent wars: "You shot your grenade launcher into people’s windows and into the doors of people’s houses, but you wanted to shoot it into someone just to watch them blow up. Why should I care if you get killed?" It’s been an emotional decade—but maybe that’s taking it too far? Check out the Village Voice’s list of other post-9/11 musical missteps, some of which are very funny, here. (Xiu Xiu’s at The Southern on Saturday.)
Thankfully, there are all manner of less controversial, arts-related events around town to commemorate the 10th anniversary. On Sunday, the Paramount hosts a free screening of REBIRTH, a new film that traces five people affected by the attacks over the course of a decade. (It’s been getting some good reviews.) This comes, of course, after the big community commemoration at the Pavilion—details are here.
O.K., there’s also lots of things happening in town this weekend unrelated to 9/11, most notably the Midtown Street Fair, now in its second year. There’s lots of live local music plus, "Midtown restaurant BBQ Cook-Off, a Waiter Olympics, arts and craft vendors" and more. Details are here.
Finally, I’m headed down to Raleigh for the weekend to play Hopscotch Festival, a beacon in the southeastern indie rock landscape worthy of the southeast’s indie rock heritage. Headliners include the Flaming Lips, Superchunk and Guided by Voices, among a recent rash of bands from the ’90s that have reunited. Stay tuned early next week for some dispatches from out-of-state.
Do these guys know how to party, or what?