Xiu Xiu (officially pronounced “shoo shoo”, also “zoo zoo,” “zhu zhu” or “schwee schwee”) is a musical collective born in San Jose, California that currently consists of Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo, and Jamie Stewart, the only consistent member. The critically divisive group is influenced by noise, modern classical, the dance floor, post punk, experimental, minimalism, Asian percussion, and American folk music; the films of Todd Solondz, Shohei Imamura, David Lynch and Seijun Suzuki; and the books of Elfriede Jelinek, V.S, Naipaul, Yukio Mishima, and Ingeborg Bachmann.
They record for Bella Union and Polyvinyl Records and to date have released over 50 titles including albums, 7-inches, books, film works and compositions for dance pieces. They have collaborated with artists such as Carla Bozulich, Michael Gira, Dahn Vo, Monika Gryzmala, Grouper, Larsen, These Arches, Deerhoof, John Congleton, Dirty Beaches, Oxbow and Shearwater. They currently live in Los Angeles and New York.