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What's it take to be an Allstar? North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson makes his picks.

Could you ever be in a relationship with a Republican?

No way. I could never trust anyone who felt that way about life. It is a fundamental statement of how you view other people and your place in the world, and I'm not interested.

What's wrong with indie-rock music?

Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart 's got angst in his eye.
Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart 's got angst in his eye.

Oh, it's lazy. [sighs dramatically] But it's kind of funny because that's kind of the aesthetic of indie rock, isn't it? Just a lot of the things that are popular right now are sloppier options than, you know, '60s psych-folk or '80s new wave. To take two styles that were born out of creativity and then ape them in a really half-ass way goes completely against the point of those types of music.

What about blond popettes like Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears?

It's difficult to even think of them as people. They're kind of nonpeople. At least Britney Spears I kind of like because she's getting so fucked up. She seems to be attempting to abandon all that weirdness just by becoming super fat and nasty looking and weirder than she was anyways, which kind of rules. She's just like, "Fuck this; I want a baby. So long — I'm fading into ultra-ultra-lunacy." I can respect that.

It's the holiday season. How does that work for you and your family?

We do Thanksgiving and Christmas on the same day. We do Thanksmas. Disparate relationships keep people from getting together on the same day. That means most Christmases suck dick. I just go to a giant multiplex, wear a suit, and get really hammered while watching like seven movies in a row. — Cole Haddon

Xiu Xiu plays with Dead Science at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at I/O, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-358-8007.

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