There are lots of reasons to go and see Japanese band OOIOO when they make some rare and highly anticipated U.S. appearances this spring. Here's just a few:
1. The band hasn't toured in the U.S. since 2005.
2. It came into being as a fictitious outfit for a magazine in '96 and had opened for Sonic Youth by '97.
3. It's still unclear exactly how one should pronounce the name "OOIOO," which gives it mystique.
4. These four women are merciless with themselves about making their sound progress, so you never quite know what to expect from album to album.
5. The band's latest release, Taiga (Thrill Jockey, 2006), is full of catchy noise-pop experiments that stay fresh throughout the album, and demand your undivided attention. We expect Yoshimi P and crew will do no less during the live shows.
03/20 New York, NY: Knitting Factory
03/21 Chicago, IL: The Empty Bottle
03/23 Seattle, WA: Chop Suey
03/24 Portland, OR: Doug Fir
03/26 San Francisco, CA: The Independent
03/27 Los Angeles, CA: Echo