photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Thurston Moore @ St. David's Church on 2/11
Thurston Moore (ex-Sonic Youth?), complete with backing band, came to Austin and performed and read poetry at a sold-out St. David's Church on Saturday night (right around the time we found out about the death of Whitney Houston). Islands play the same venue in a few days.
As the Dallas Observer wrote about the Thurston show that happened one day earlier:
He read some poetry before the first song, and there was a moment of panic that Moore, 53, would buy a Ferrari and take up yoga, figuratively speaking.Here are some pictures from Thurston's Austin show (though we missed opener Christina Carter). More of them below...
That feeling went away once they eased into opener "In Silver Rain With a Paper Key." It took harpist Mary Lattimore, guitarist Keith Wood and drummer John Malone (of Hush Arbors) and violinist Samara Lubelski that song to find their footing, and it wasn't but three or four more before the first acoustic guitar drone-out, with Moore, Wood and Lubelski all bending towards Malone in a bit of sonic prayer, while Lattimore picked away furiously at her instrument, like any good noise harpist does.
They a did Psychic Hearts triptych: The title track, "Queen Bee and Her Pals" and "Ono Soul," the latter of which led into another noise bridge, as Moore and Wood placed acoustics to amps for maximum squall. Right after, Moore deadpanned: "You do realize we're a soft-rock act now." He took off his jacket and tie. It was cool dad time...