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Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.

Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.

In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.

In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.

And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...

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White Lung in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

White Lung, Pop. 1280, Uniform @ Saint Vitus
White Lung's new record is more of the punishing aggression, inventive guitar playing, and powerhouse hooks and screams of 2012's Sorry, and yet another winner from one of the best punk bands around. Those songs will come to life tonight at Saint Vitus, their first of two NYC shows this week. Opening are local goths Pop. 1280 and noise duo Uniform, making for a good bill all around.

White Magic, Weyes Blood @ Union Pool
So you like bands with "White" in the name but prefer folk to punk? White Magic (aka Brooklyn's Mira Billotte) casts her spell tonight with the equally bewitching Weyes Blood as opener.

Nothing Changes w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
After two Brooklyn shows, Florida's Merchandise return to Home Sweet Home where their gothy guitar pop will be right at home. This show is late and don't be surprised if this ends up being an unofficial afterparty for the White Lung show.

W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Mates of State, Wakey! Wakey! @ LPR
This show benefits LGBQT organization The Ally Coalition and features a host of music and comedy talent. Tickets are still available.

Jello Biafra and The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Negative Approach @ Asbury Lanes
Jello Biafra may not be with the Dead Kennedys anymore, but he's still making smart/smartass political punk with his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine. Tonight they're joined by another group of '80s-era punks, Negative Approach.

Garlands, John Errol @ Baby's All Right
This is not the Swedish band The Garlands who recently played NYC Popfest but a local band Garlands (not "the") who also make really good indiepop. Stream two tracks below.

Elvis Costello @ Carnegie Hall
Elvis Costello is an amazing performer in whatever permutation/lineup he chooses to play, but maybe none more than with just an acoustic guitar, where onstage stories are perhaps as entertaining as his impressive canon of songs.

Schoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, Tinashe, BlackoutBoyz (A$AP Yams & A$AP Jscott) @ Central Park Summerstage
Of all the Black Hippy rappers, Schoolboy Q is the biggest party animal so needless to say, his shows are always a great time. And with three quality albums now, he's got plenty to pull from tonight.

Lionel Richie, Cee Lo Green @ Jones Beach
From his funky days in The Commodores through his '80s sweater-wearing days, Lionel Richie is truly a talent. Some may want this show with Cee Lo Green to go all night long.

Wreckless Eric, Dion Nania @ Mercury Lounge
One of the original artists signed to punk-era UK indie label Stiff, Wreckless Eric is best known for his hit "Whole Wide World," but there's a lot more to him than that. Go get acquainted tonight.

Evian Christ, Dutch E Germ, UNiiQU3, Gatekeeper, Will Fry @ Output
Evian Christ first deservedly earned some buzz for his wacked-out dark hip hop beats, but his profile seriously rose when Kanye included him on Yeezus. He's since begun putting out new stuff, and it's pretty noticeable from those tracks that he's been in a room with Kanye West.

Little Racer, Cosmonaut, Weekender, The Balconies @ Pianos
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. Tonight's the final show of their June residency at Pianos.

Dave Chappelle, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Janelle Monae @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. Tonight's rather star-studded with firecracker Janelle Monae, the influential DJ Premier and '90s star Busta Rhymes.

Mirror Kisses, Sunflower Bean, Grand Resort, ONWE, Teen Body @ Bowery Electric
Virginia's Mirror Kisses lists Microdisney, Prefab Sprout, and China Crisis as influences which can certainly be heard in their anthemic synthpop. They play tonight with a sympathetic lineup of likeminded locals, plus members of Beach Fossils on DJ duty.

Joe Henry @ City Winery
Joe Henry has been making literate folk pop since the mid-'80s with his most recent album, Invisible Hour, being released this year. (Fun fact: he's also Madonna's brother-in-law.)

Shakey Graves, Wild Child @ Bowery Ballroom
Shakey Graves makes folk that fans of The Tallest Man on Earth may be into. Fellow Austinites Wild Child favor harmony-laden rock.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

Raymond Pettibon + Kim Gordon @ Strand Bookstore (discussion)
Greg Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon, who designed the Black Flag bars (as well as much of their album artwork, Sonic Youth's album artwork and more), released a new book, Raymond Pettibon: To Wit, and he'll be discussing that with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (who put out the book Is It My Body? earlier this year) at Strand tonight at 7 PM. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A and signing.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body Head

Body/Head, the duo of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will head to Barcelona for Primavera Sound at the end of this month. That's their only scheduled date at the moment, but upon returning home Kim will team up again with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a NYC show on June 8 at MoMA PS1 as part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Doors are at 6 PM, music at 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Body/Head were interviewed by Kyle Meredith for The Weekly Feed during the Big Ears Festival and the video for that has recently surfaced online. You can watch it below...

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Okkyung Lee

NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.

Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.

Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.

Jenny Hval also tours with Swans this month, including two NYC shows -- 5/18 at Bowery Ballroom & 5/19 at MHOW. Bowery is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...

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"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H

"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall



And THEN THEY PLAYED SAINT VITUS.

More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...

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Thurston Moore at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Thurston Moore recently talked to The Fly about his divorce with Kim Gordon and his new relationship with Eva Prinz, not long after Kim Gordon talked to Elle about the divorce. Following The Fly interview, feminist website Jezebel posted an article about it, headlined "Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick."

Pitchfork now points out that Thurston has responded to Jezebel with a Facebook post where he calls the website "gender fascism":

Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love.
If you missed them the first time, you can read Thurston's interview here and Kim's interview here.

Thurston at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Last year, Kim Gordon talked to Elle about her divorce with Thurston Moore, and now in an interview with The Fly, Thurston has finally discussed it too:

"I've had some life issues," he said. "In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely... it's just something I work through in my own world."

Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:

"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."

He continued: "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."

Read the full article at The Fly.

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Pussy Riot

Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, former (?) members of Pussy Riot, have been in NYC this week to (bravely) appear on The Colbert Report, speak at the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center, and then last night (2/6) they appeared again at a reception/fundraiser for the Voice Project at The Spotted Pig. An English speaker gave a brief history on Pussy Riot, but not much came from the "hosts" that were listed (we did spot Kim Gordon at the event though) (update: we're told Marina Abramovic, James Murphy, Questlove, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jemima Kirke, and Sean Lennon were all floating around somewhere at the event).

Pictures of Masha and Nadya are in this post. They continue below...

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Pussy Riot

Members of Pussy Riot will appear in Brooklyn for the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (introduced by Madonna). That won't be NYC's only chance to see the ladies coming from Russia though. They'll stay in NYC to appear at West Village gastropub The Spotted Pig (2/6) (314 West 11th St) the next day for a Voice Project reception and fundraiser. The Voice Project "were instrumental to Pussy Riot while they were in prison and it is  a Foundation Anna Gabriel (Peter's daughter) & Hunter Heaney set up to support Artists in oppressive areas-this is the group that was vital to their survival while imprisoned, not to take away anything from the other agencies, sending food, clothing, and fundraising for them."

The event will be hosted by Kim Gordon, Sean Ono Lennon, Ken Friedman, Questlove,  Maggie Gyllanhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. Tickets (including VIP options) are on sale now.

videos by Sixdust

Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.

The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.

Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.

Videos below...

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Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
Kim Girls

HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.

Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.

In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.
The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.

Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.

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Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether
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MoMA PS1 is currently featuring a retrospective on visual artist Mike Kelley, whose work -- often using cloth toys and dolls -- has been highly influential. Indie rock fans might recognize his orange knit doll on the cover of Sonic Youth's 1992 album, Dirty. This is the largest exhibition ever of Kelly who died last year at age 57. It's up through February 2.

As part of the retrospective, MoMA PS1 is holding Mike Kelley Sunday Sessions, including that Chris & Cosey show where they're performing a "live remix" of post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG on January 5. While advance tickets are sold out, we are now told if you want to go there will be a few tickets available at the box office on day of show. That show starts at 1 PM with the performance at 4 PM.

There is another Sunday Session for the closing day of the retrospective (2/2) featuring a collaboration between Kim Gordon and visual artist Jutta Koether. The two (pictured above) have worked together several times before (like the recent IPR benefit) and will create a unique event for the occasion. The event starts at 4 PM and tickets are on sale now. Kim's band Body/Head also play Mass MoCA on Saturday (12/14) in North Adams, MA (their only upcoming date).

This Sunday (12/15) there is a non-musical Sunday Session called "Mike Kelly Moving Forward" that will present "new ideas about the influence of his work going forward. With lectures by Elisabeth Sussman (The Whitney Museum of American Art), Stacy Wolf (Princeton University), John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego; chair Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts). Artists Rachel Harrison, William Pope. L, and Joe Scanlan comprise a panel discussion." Tickets for that are on sale now.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body/Head / Kim Gordon & Ad-Rock
Body/Head
Ad Rock

Kim Gordon's current band Body/Head continued their marathon of local shows at MoMA last night (11/21), following the IPR benefit they played last week. It was one of MoMA's PopRally series, and was quite the audio/visual experience, that included Kim going into the crowd with her guitar at one point. As always, Body/Head were noisy and dissonant, and as you might say, ferociously, beautifully inspiring. Kathleen Hanna was supposed to DJ, but she was replaced at the last minute by her husband/Beastie Boy Ad Rock due to illness. Fittingly, Ad Rock's DJ set included a Bikini Kill song. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ad-Rock will appear on stage in NYC again soon - on December 7th at Joe's Pub with his friend Champagne Jerry who was also at MoMA to hang and support his fellow rapper.

Pictures from MoMA continue below...

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Kim Gordon w/ Dinosaur Jr at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kim Gordon

As mentioned a few times, there's a benefit honoring Kim Gordon happening at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14, and the full lineup has finally been announced. It looks like this...

On the first night (11/13), there will be a VIP reception at 7 PM which will feature Kim performing as a duo with drummer Tim Barnes (who has played with Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, etc), along with food and drinks by Rucola. Then at 9 PM, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr will play a solo set, followed by Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori. Tickets are available for the VIP reception and 9 PM concert ($250, but $150 tax-deductible), and also just for the 9 PM concert ($35).

Then, on night 2 (11/14), Kim will first perform as a duo with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and will then do a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). Tickets for night 2 are available.

The week after the Kim Gordon benefit, there's also the Body/Head show at MoMA (11/21), featuring a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill). Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also win a pair.

J Mascis just played a Brooklyn show with Speedy Ortiz last week (10/23) in celebration of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr clothing line. Dinosaur Jr will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets), and Dinosaur's Lou Barlow will bring his other band, Sebadoh, to NYC when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (11/1) (tickets).

Speaking of Gang Gang Dance side projects, Brian DeGraw's new solo project bEEdEEgEE will make its live debut on November 30 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, Mas Ysa was added to that show. Tickets are still available.

We also just posted some tributes/sentiments from Kim Gordon and other Sonic Youth members to Lou Reed.

Tonight (10/29) in NYC is also Lee Ranaldo's guitar clinic at Other Music, which starts at 8 PM.

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a video of Kim Gordon playing "Don't" with Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012, below...

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"RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable." - Lee Ranaldo

"So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!" - Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Of the many musicians that have commented on the unfortunate passing of Lou Reed, we haven't gotten one (yet?) from Sonic Youth, the legendary experimental New York band who owe much of their career to Lou's legendary experimental New York band. Though two of the members did tweet sentiments (above), and the band tweeted a link to a Dangerous Minds post featuring Sonic Youth "in the weirdest Lou Reed 'tribute' you'll ever see." The post features a short film from 1987 starring Sonic Youth called Lou Believers. As Ron Kretsch at Dangerous Minds puts it:

In 1987, filmmaker David Markey, best known for Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Lovedolls Superstar, and 1991: The Year Punk Broke, made a short film called Lou Believers, featuring "Lou Reed" (actually Joe Cole with a copy of the Lou Reed cover of BAM stuck to his face) running around Los Angeles with Thurston Moore, accosting and terrorizing random strangers in efforts to score heroin and see the James Woods film The Boost. Kim Gordon appears as well. It's goofy, hammy, less than unscripted, several miles past utterly fucking stupid, and often really, really funny.
Check out the video below.

Kim Gordon also tweeted a response to Miley Cyrus' "noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED" tweet saying, "I could tell he's been a big inspiration to her." Though as MTV would have it, Miley is one of the "12 People You Love Who Loved Lou Reed."

In related news, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing The Stone on New Year's Eve with John Zorn, who also paid tribute to Lou. Thurston's band Chelsea Light Moving are also releasing a tour-only split cassette with their tourmates Merchandise. The cassette features a new song from each band, and Merchandise's is their first recording with new drummer Elser Nino. The tour begins this Tuesday (10/29), and all dates are listed below.

Elser Nino also drums in hardcore band Shoxx, who are about to play their last-ever show on November 8 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Gag, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, and Ivy.

Lee Ranaldo is also doing his guitar clinic at Other Music tonight (10/28). It starts at 8 PM.

Video below...

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Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Loconte)
Body/Head

We just recently posted some updates to the two-night Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room (11/13-14), which take place in the midst of her band Body/Head's tour, but what we didn't realize is that there's yet another upcoming NYC show on Body/Head's schedule. This one happens a week after the IPR benefit at MoMA on November 21, as part of MoMA's PopRally series, which "features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions." Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and most recently The Julie Ruin, who played their second show ever with Body/Head) will be DJing. Tickets for the MoMA show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Body/Head performs as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori at night 1 of the Kim Gordon benefit, and Kim performs in two separate duos (one with Jutta Koether, one with a TBA guest) at night 2. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/11).

Meanwhile, The Julie Ruin next play NYC on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with contest details and a song stream, below...

Continue reading "Body/Head touring, playing MoMA w/ Kathleen Hanna DJing after IPR benefit (updated dates & chance to win tix!)"

Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Lotone)
Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon and her duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head, just took part in this past weekend's New Yorker Festival, and as discussed, Kim will be honored with a benefit at Issue Project Room happening on November 13 and 14. Since we last spoke, updated lineup/ticket info has been posted.

Night 1 (11/13) features Body/Head performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori rounding out the lineup. Tickets go on sale to ISSUE members today (10/7) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/11). The first night also has a VIP reception at 7:30 which features Kim performing solo and another "special musical guest" TBA. VIP tickets are on sale now.

Night 2 (11/14) features Kim performing with two duos. One of her sets will be with Jutta Koether, who she previously worked with on Her Noise, and the second duo set is with a special guest collaborator TBA. Tickets go on sale to members today (10/7) and general on-sale begins Friday (10/11).

A video of Kim Gordon performing with Ikue Mori in 2004, below...

Continue reading "updated lineup & ticket info for Kim Gordon benefit at IPR"

photos by Adela Loconte

"Was already excited to see Kim Gordon's new project at a super small venue, but insane bonus that Yoshimi P-We is opening." - brett renfer

Kim Gordon & Yoshimi @ Union Pool - 9/10/2013
Body Head show
Body Head show

With Body/Head, they're referring back to a rawer, riskier era, creating something wholly unpredictable, based on "scripted improvisation". Gordon has stated that there was very little editing involved in the final product, and while this occasionally manifests in a bit of meandering, they repeatedly succeed in taking their noise somewhere interesting, rather than allowing it to become the chore that some of the Syd Barrett-era psychedelia they were influenced by can be. [The Quietus]
Though Sonic Youth is no longer active, all four members have been keeping busy, and Kim Gordon's been doing so with Body/Head, her noise duo with Bill Nace. Body/Head's new album, Coming Apart, came out this past Tuesday (9/10), and to celebrate the band played a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Union Pool that same day. Noise Nomads, who Thurston Moore told us he loved in 2008, and who we caught opening for him in 2009, opened the show. Yoshimo aka a duo featuring Yoshimi of the Boredoms and Free Kitten which also contains Kim Gordon, was also on the bill thanks to coming to town to play the Station to Station show a few days earlier. Pictures of the Union Pool show are in this post.

Body/Head's tour continues, and it brings them back to NYC for a show on October 5 at SIR Stage 37 as part of the New Yorker Festival (where Kim will also be in conversation with Alex Halberstadt). Then on November 13 and 14, Issue Project Room hosts the Kim Gordon benefit which sees Kim performing along with Bill Nace, Ikue Mori, Jutta Koether, and more TBA (tickets).

More pictures from Union Pool below...

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Body/Head at Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Kim Gordon

The main focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career has been Body/Head, her duo with Bill Nace, who release their new album, Coming Apart, next week (9/10) via Matador (have you streamed it?). They're supporting the new album with a tour which begins with a release show in Brooklyn on the day of the album's release at Union Pool (9/10) with YOSHIMO and Noise Nomads. That show is sold out, but there's also a couple other Body/Head and Body/Head-related shows coming up in NYC after the tour ends.

First, Body/Head will perform at the New Yorker Festival, which runs from October 4-6. They play on October 5 at SIR Stage 37, and in addition to their performance, there will also be a conversation with Kim and Alex Halberstadt. Then, there will be a benefit honoring Kim at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14. That benefit will feature Kim herself being joined by a number of past collaborators, including her Body/Head bandmate Bill Nace, no wave legend Ikue Mori (also known for collaborations with Fred Frith, Julianna Barwick, and more), Kim's Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and more TBA. Tickets for the first night ($250, $150 tax-deductible) which includes a VIP reception with an intimate performance form Kim and food and drinks by Rucola, are on sale now. Tickets for the second night go on sale Thursday, September 13 ($35).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a song stream and the flyer for the IPR shows, below...

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New Yorker Line-Up

As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.

On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.

Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive;  and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.

There is, of course, lots more. The full list of events is in this post and head to the New Yorker Fest's website for dates and details.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...

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AMWeeknd

Arctic Monkeys, who play Webster Hall soon, are streaming their new beat-oriented (but still riff-heavy) album, AM, via iTunes.

The Weeknd, who plays two Radio City shows in October, is streaming his new futuristic R&B album, Kiss Land, via NPR.

Janelle Monae, who plays The Apollo soon, is streaming the ambitious followup to her acclaimed 2010 debut, The Electric Lady, via VH1. Listen below.

King Khan & the Shrines' long-awaited new album, Idle No More, is out this week on Merge. You can stream that below and look for them live in NYC in October.

Body/Head, the current focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career, who play Union Pool soon, are streaming their noisy, experimental new album, Coming Apart, via Pitchfork.

Virginia psychedelic doom band Windhand are streaming their expansive sophomore album, Soma, via Pitchfork.

UK dance trio Factory Floor are streaming their long-awaited self titled debut LP (due out on DFA), via NPR.

Another dancey DFA band, Holy Ghost!, are streaming their new album, Dynamics, via Pitchfork.

Yet another dancey band (but not signed to DFA), Delorean, are streaming Apar, the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, Subiza, via Pitchfork.

Willis Earl Beal made a splash on the scene with his bluesy 2012 debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, and he's now streaming that album's followup, Nobody Knows, via NPR.

John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.

Northampton, MA punk-minded indie rockers Potty Mouth are streaming their debut album, Hell Bent, via NPR. They return to NYC on October 5 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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Body/Head at Saint VItus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Body/Head

Body/Head, the current project of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (with Bill Nace) have just revealed "Actress," the noisy first single from their upcoming album, Coming Apart, which is due out September 10 via Matador. Stream the track (via Rookie) below.

Body/Head's previously discussed tour includes a Brooklyn show on the day of the album's release at Union Pool (9/10) with YOSHIMIO and Noise Nomads. Tickets for that show are still available.

Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley have a new Lee Ranaldo & the Dust album on the way, and their tour hits NYC on October 25 at The Bell House (tickets).

Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving recently announced a tour with Merchandise, but no NYC dates on that one.

Body/Head song stream below...

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Body/Head at Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Body/Head

Kim Gordon's main project at the moment is Body/Head, her duo with Bill Nace. The pair recently signed to Matador and announced their new album, Coming Apart, would be out on the label on September 10. Body/Head have now announced that they'll be supporting it with a tour that begins on the day of the album's release with a small Brooklyn show at Union Pool (9/10). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with a live video, below...

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Body Head

Body/Head began as a freeform side project for Kim Gordon and noise artist Bill Nace. But with Gordon and Thurston Moore's split in 2011 -- which brought an end to Sonic Youth as well -- the duo (who played Northside most recently) has taken more shape and form, becoming more of an actual band. After a single and tour EP, Body/Head have just announced their debut album, Coming Apart, will be out September 10 on Matador. That's the cover art above.

A video of Body/Head from Northside below...

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