Xiu Xiu Wants to Smoke Your Hair

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With its latest album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, art pop act Xiu Xiu has been doing some not-so-run-of-the-mill promoting: They’re asking fans to give up their hair.

A lock of hair, to be exact. The band will be giving away a prize package—including a Xiu Xiu comb and stickers—at each of its shows to the first person who gives them a lock. Why would anyone want all that hair, you ask? Well, to burn it, inhale the smoke and make a video of the whole thing. Obviously.

After wrapping up a worldwide tour in June, Xiu Xiu will light each collected bit of fan hair on fire and inhale the no-doubt-awful-smelling smoke while saying the name of the hair’s donor, capturing it all on video. What they’ll do with the video remains a (somewhat disturbing) mystery.

If you’d like to see your hair on film, catch Xiu Xiu at one of the below remaining shows.

May
6 – Busan, South Korea @ Basement
7 – Daegu, South Korea @ Guess
8 – Seoul, South Korea @ Rolling Hall
19 – Jerusalem, Israel @ Yellow Submarine
20 – Tel Aviv, Israel @ Levontin 7
21 – Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island – Altin Village Festival
22 – Berlin, Germany @ Hebbel Am Ufer – HAU 2
23 – Poznan, Poland @ TBA
24 – Warsaw, Poland @ Powieszenie
26 – Vienna, Austria @ WUK
27 – Graz, Austria @ Postgarage
28 – Budapest, Hungary @ A38
29 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ KINO SISKA
30 – Zagreb, Croatia @ ZENDO UHO Festival
31 – Nuernberg, Germany @ K4

June
1 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Brotfabrik
2 – Duisburg, Germany @ Steinbruch
3 – Utrecht, The Netherlands @ Ekko
4 – Trier, Germany @ Exhaus
5 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
6 – London, UK @ Plan B
7 – Roubaix, France @ Cave Aux Poetes
9 – Paris, France @ Filmer La Musique @ Point Ephemere
10 – Metz, France @ Cloitre des Trinitaires
11 – Lucerne, Switzerland @ B-Sides Festival
12 – Turin, Italy @ Spazio 211
17 – Rome, Italy @ Init
18 – Bucharest, Romania @ Liveland Festival

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