San Jose born synth pop / art rock group Xiu Xiu (pronounced “shoe shoe”) recently announced a North American tour to begin this February, bringing them to Boot & Saddle on March 15th. With nine album releases under his belt in the last decade, frontman and songwriter Jamie Stewart continues to be the source of noisy and experimental pop rock. With the latest release of Nina, an album composed entirely of odd takes on Nina Simone covers, Xiu Xiu takes a softer approach while incorporating the jazz style. Their next album of original and rumored heavier material, Angel Guts: Red Classroom is due out February 4th via Polyvinyl Records. Listen to Xiu Xiu’s even darker side in first single from the forthcoming album, “Stupid in the Dark,” below.