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Danny Brown at 2013 Afro Punk Fest (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Danny Brown

Even though the season doesn't official end until September 21, Labor Day (9/2) is generally seen as the end of summer and the last chance for NYers to get out of town and relax. Mind you some people find a half-empty city just as relaxing as a beach, and for those who will be in town this weekend there are lots of live music options. Head below for our Top 10 Labor Day Weekend music picks...

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Jayson Gerycz w/ Cloud Nothings in Chicago (more by Zach Pollack)
Cloud Nothings

NYC's Spy Music Festival is returning next weekend (9/7-8) with Thurston Moore, Ava Luna, Loren Connors and more, and they've just announced a pre-show happening on Friday, September 6 at Grand Victory with Swindlella and Colin L. Orchestra. Sticky Greg will be your host for the evening, and Shannon Cornett is DJing. Tickets for the pre-show are on sale now, and tickets for the festival are still available too.

UPDATE: Thurston Moore dropped off Spy Fest.

Swindlella is the "brutal noise band" of Cloud Nothings drummer Jayson Gerycz (also of Chomp and Total Babes) and Chris Brown (Jayson's bandmate in the latter two). For this show, Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi will be joining the band on saxophone.

Dylan and Jayson will also be in Philly this weekend when Cloud Nothings plays Made In America Festival on Saturday (8/31). And they'll be playing Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Meanwhile, Dylan recently debuted an acoustic version of a new song, "Psychic Trauma" (working title), in Vienna. This, and the other new music they've previewed this year, will presumably appear on their upcoming "noisier" album, which is now due out in early 2014.

A video of that new song the flyer for the Swindella show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fred Frith - 'Guitar Solos' (1974)
Fred Frith

Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith -- probably best known for his influential 1974 album, Guitar Solos, which caught the ear of Brian Eno, who asked him to appear on two of his 1978 albums, Before and After Science and Music for Films, and prominently featured the use of prepared guitars, which would later be popularized by Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth -- is beginning a six day residency at The Stone today (8/27), which continues through Sunday (9/1).

For the early (8 PM) and the late (10 PM) shows tonight, Frith will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards. Admission is $25 at the door. Other shows of note include Frith and Stone artistic director/sax wizard John Zorn at the early show on Thursday (8/29) (also $25); and Frith with no wave legend Ikue Mori (of DNA, and also of Death Ambient with Fred Frith) and Thurston Moore collaborator Nate Wooley at the early show on Saturday (8/31). The full schedule for the residency is below.

In related news, you can also catch Nate Wooley performing as part of his trio with Thurston Moore and Ryan Sawyer during the day (2 PM) at Union Pool on Saturday (8/31) with Lungfish's Daniel Higgs, plus bEEEdEEEgEEE + Dutch E. Germ and DJ Jesper Eklow. Free.

Fred Frith's Stone residency schedule and a stream from Guitar Solos, below...

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Spy Music Fest Poster

The Spy Music Festival is back for a third year of experimental sounds, going down over two nights next month: September 7 at Spectrum, and September 8 at 285 Kent.

The 9/7 show at Spectrum (121 Ludlow St.) features the Charles Gayle Trio, Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille, Diamond Terrifier and more. $10 at the door and you can RSVP too.

The 9/8 show at 285 Kent is a little more high-profile, with Caught on Tape (aka Thurston Moore & John Moloney), Aa, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Ava Luna and more. Advance tickets are on sale for this night and your ticket also gets you free Six Point beer.

Visit Spy Music Fest's website for details on all of this year's acts, and full schedule is below.

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Thuston Moore at Bowery Ballroom, Aptil 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Thurston Moore

Have you been to Summer Thunder at Union Pool yet? Outside of our own shows at the venue (with Heavy Blanket/Love as Laughter and with Inter Arma/Anicon/Pyrrhon), the FREE weekly (21+) series has been hosting great shows every Saturday afternoon. This Satuday (7/26) features Nashville's Turbo Fruits, as well as Andy Animal and Mighty Fine, plus Jonathan Toubin on DJ duty. As always, things kick off at 2 PM with drink specials, and the bands start a little later in day.

They just announced the August line-up that features names like Thurston Moore/Nate Wooley/Ryan Sawyer Trio, Daniel Higgs, Devin, LiveFastDie, Soupcans, and Pampers, as well as DJ sets from Dam-Funk, Les Savy Fav and more. August 24 line-up has yet to be revealed (other than a lot of question marks and exclamation points) but otherwise full August Summer Thunder schedule is below.

Continue reading "Union Pool's August Summer Thunder lineup announced (Thurston Moore, Devin, Soupcans, LifeFastDie & more)"

Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon talked to Elle:

"We have all these books, records, and art and are getting it all assessed; that's what is taking so long," she says after ordering a glass of rosé. But both have moved on. Among her suitors are a restaurateur, an architect, and an actor. "It's just weird," Gordon says of navigating new romance. "I can't tell what's normal." And Moore has regularly been seen with the same woman, fueling the rumor that his affair helped doom their marriage. "We seemed to have a normal relationship inside of a crazy world," Gordon says of her marriage. "And in fact, it ended in a kind of normal way--midlife crisis, starstruck woman."

Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do," Gordon says. "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul." Moore moved out. Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. "Rap music is really good when you're traumatized," she says.

Read the whole article at Elle.

Info on upcoming Kim Gordon and related Sonic Youth appearances, HERE.

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
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We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

chelsea light moving at bowery felt less like SY-lite than SY-as-genre. thankfully, a genre i love." - Jesse Jarnow

Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore's new main gig, Chelsea Light Moving, wrapped up their tour last night (4/7) in Boston. It began back in early March, after the band detonated a birthday party, included a NYC-area show at Maxwell's and hit Austin for SXSW. Before the tour came to an end over the weekend, CLM came back to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (4/5) with Marco Fusinato and Prana-Bindu. More pictures from that show below...

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Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lee Ranaldo

The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.

Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo Band touring; Thurston Moore w/ Lou Barlow & others on Joyful Noise 7" series, playing Yoko Ono's Meltdown"

Thurston w/ Chelsea Light Moving earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore is currently out detonating shit on his band Chelsea Light Moving's tour. That tour already hit the NYC area twice and it will return for a show on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato (tickets).

When that tour ends, he'll will head to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 15 to perform live in front of a projection of Street, a video of people on the streets of Manhattan by James Nares which features an original 12-string guitar score from Thurston Moore. The show with Thurston on April 15 runs from 6:30 to 9 PM and includes a reception in the Great Hall with complimentary refreshments (beer provided by Harpoon Brewery). After that night, the video will remain on view at The Met until May 27.

Street trailer video below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore performing live score of 'Street' at the Met after Chelsea Light Moving tour"

photos by PSquared Photography

Chelsea Light Moving

I had to remind myself at several points during this show that the exuberant, youthful guitarist and vocalist on the cozy Maxwell's stage in his band's own t-shirt was a 54-year-old member of rock royalty who I had seen perform in front of crowds hundreds of times this size. Sonic Youth may be on hiatus or it may be gone, but Thurston will keep playing - and keep playing well - for as long as he's breathing. Chelsea Light Moving, as a band, isn't Sonic Youth, but it isn't just a dim facsimile of it, either. With Samara Lubelski (a well-known solo artist and member of Thurston's solo band) on bass, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) on drums and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors, Wooden Wand) on guitar, Chelsea Light Moving has an accomplished cast and its own personality. In some ways, CLM feels more like SST-era Sonic Youth - younger, hungrier, rawer. It seems fun to be in this band, in a way that's almost impossible in a more established one. - [NYC Taper]

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving, who recently played a basement party, kicked off their tour in the NYC area over the weekend. The tour began at Maxwell's on Saturday (3/2) for a show with Talk Normal and then came to Other Music for a free-instore on Sunday (3/3). At Maxwell's the band played a large chunk of their self titled debut album (out now) and also worked in some new material, and an old Thurston Moore solo cut, "Staring Statues."

Chelsea Light Moving's tour returns to NYC for a show on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can stream live recordings of "Staring Statues" and CLM's "Empires of Time" from the Maxwell's show (via NYC Taper) and check out more pictures and the setlists from both bands below...

Continue reading "Chelsea Light Moving played Maxwell's with Talk Normal (pics, setlists, audio)"

Chelsea Light Moving @ Birthday party in Northampton, MA (via @brooklynvegan)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving weren't messing around when they said they were "ready to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullabaloo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn't support right wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology." As you may have noticed, Thurston Moore responded to BrooklynVegan comments, promising that he would in fact bring his band to detonate someone's birthday party, and this past Sunday (2/24), Chelsea Light Moving went to a basement birthday party in/near Northampton, MA (near where Thurston lives) and commenced detonation. Three videos from it are below.

Chelsea Light Moving are about to kick off their tour and will be destroying the NYC area this weekend with a show at Mawell's on Saturday (3/2) (tickets) and a free in-store at Other Music on Sunday (3/3). After destroying the rest of the country, they'll return to NYC for more on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). Brace yourselves.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Chelsea Light Moving on tour, did in fact detonate a birthday party! (watch the video)"

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empire of Time" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Light Moving

As mentioned a few times, Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving are releasing their self titled debut on March 5 via Mataor (stream it) and supporting it with a tour that hits the NYC area on March 2 at Maxwell's with Talk Normal (tickets) and April 5 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). They've also just added a free in-store at Other Music (3/3), happening the day after the Maxwell's show at 7:30 PM. Show flyer below.

As you may know, Chelsea Light Moving are also planning to detonate some house parties and you can pitch your house to the band in the BrooklynVegan comments.

A list of updated dates and the Other Music show flyer below...

Continue reading "Chelsea Light Moving adds free Other Music in-store to tour"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empire of Time" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Light Moving

As mentioned, Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving will release their self-titled debut album on March 5 via Matador, but you won't have to wait to hear it, because NPR is streaming it in its entirety now. Of all the post-Sonic Youth projects, the CLM album is probably the most like Sonic Youth, but the noise parts are kept to a minimum and Thurson tends to stick to his "Teenage Riot"/"Dirty Boots" style of melodic songwriting (which of course isn't a bad thing). They also get pretty heavy at times, most noticeably on the sludgy "Alighted," perhaps inspired by Thurston recently joining metal supergroup, Twilight?

The band are supporting the new record with a previously discussed tour that hits the NYC area on March 2 at Maxwell's with Talk Normal (tickets) and April 5 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). Plus, Thurston and company are planning to detonate some house parties and as you may know, he's been reading BrooklynVegan comments and you can leave your house show pitches HERE.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving streaming new album (listen)"

Thurston Moore

Matador Records confirms that it is in fact Thurston Moore in the BrooklynVegan comments, who wrote this:

I'm in London now - but i'm heading to east coast USA feb 16 -- gonna conspire with the band and matador and figure out where to do this -- i'm thinking sick house basement birthday party --- gonna see about inviting some heavy peeps like alice cooper, negative approach, savages (from france!), trash kit (from uk!), ZZZs (from japan!) -- or at least some local, wherever that may be, killer krusherzzzz!!! insanity approaches!!!!!
thurston
Matador also confirms that Thurston is still looking for ideas. Make your pitch in the comments of this post. See previous ideas, multiple comments from Thurston, and all CLM tour dates, in our previous post.

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empire of Time" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Light Moving

As previously discussed Thurston Moore has a new band, Chelsea Light Moving, who will release their self titled debut album on March 5 via Matador and have a tour on the way in support of it. That tour includes Maxwell's (3/2) in Hoboken with Talk Normal (tickets), SXSW in Austin, Bowery Ballroom (4/5) in NYC (tickets), and ends on April 7 at The Sinclair in Thurston's home state of Massachusetts. What it doesn't appear to include though are any birthday parties, weddings, or hullabaloos on other planets, which are all fair game according to the band's bio...

Chelsea Light Moving is the current group led by Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. He is the songwriter and plays over-amped hyper electric guitar and sings with raw-glam-destructo vocals. The band is a four piece featuring Samara Lubelski, who has played violin with TM on his last two solo LPs (Demolished Thoughts and Trees Outside The Academy) and with Chelsea Light Moving plays deep psyche pop metal bass guitar. Keith Wood, who records under the aegis Hush Arbors, plays electric guitar with a pick forged from angel wing and John Moloney, aka "Pegasus", approaches the drums like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. The first self-titled CD was recorded in two spurious sessions with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato in Sone Lab, a killer studio in Easthampton Massachusetts. The band is ready to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullabaloo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn't support right wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology.
I want them to detonate my birthday party! ... But my birthday isn't coming up soon, and I'm not planning on having a wedding anytime soon either, so I can't find out if Thurston is bluffing, Maybe you can?

Download the CLM track, "Empires of Time," above. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "I wonder if Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving will really detonate your birthday party?"

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empires of Time" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving (with Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney) have announced (via Matablog) that they will release their eponymous debut on March 5 via Matador and are supporting it with a corresponding tour. The tour kicks off in Hoboken, NJ at Maxwell's on March 2 with Talk Normal and then returns to the NYC area for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 5 (support TBA). Tickets for the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon and tickets for the Bowery show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

You can grab an MP3 of the track, "Empires of Time," above. The album's cover art and a list of all dates, below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving announces debut album and tour (dates, MP3)"

The stolen guitar...
Maccavana

Hi -- Thurston Moore had his 1966 (circa) Fender Jazzmaster stolen from the Best Western in Philadelphia (501 N 22nd St) last night 12-12-12 around 12 midnight. It's Thurston's iconic Sonic Youth black Jazzmaster with all the stickers on its body. Here's a couple of photos. A police report has been filed. Please email us if anyone tries to sell this relic to yur store, it would be appreciated. Please forward to other guitar stores you may know in the area.

Thanks,

Thurston

Be on the lookout! Additional info: "it has a Mastery Bridge, and the pickguard has been changed so stickers might be different. it's a 1960 serial#41927." Hope you get it back Thurston.

Thurston played SPACE in Philly last night as part of a short string of dates that included Union Pool the other night and includes an upcoming show at Bowery Electric. Another shot of the guitar is below...

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Arto Lindsay
Arto Lindsay

Arto Lindsay of legendary no wave group DNA, The Lounge Lizards, and pursuer of an impressive solo career, will be performing material from throughout his career in NYC TONIGHT (11/30) at the New Museum. Tickets for the show ($12 for members, $15 for non-members) are available.

Speaking of no wave legends, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), who played Knitting Factory earlier this month will be playing with her band Big Sexy Noise in NYC on December 17 at Bowery Electric with "Caught on Tape" duo Thurston Moore/John Moloney. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For Thurston Moore and John Moloney, the Bowery Electric show is part of a short December northeast tour that the duo will be on, which also includes the previously discussed Brooklyn show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf. All of their dates are listed below.

In other related news, Thurston's ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, who will guest at the upcoming, sold-out Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at T5, will also be a guest with John Cale (of the Velvet Underground) when he does a tribute to Nico at BAM on January 16 at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Other guests at that show include Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Joan as Police Woman, Peaches, Nick Franglen, and Meshell Ndegocello. Tickets for that show are available. It's one of two shows that John Cale is doing for the BAM Next Wave festival.

A list of all Thurston Moore/John Moloney dates and some videos, below.

Continue reading "Arto Lindsay, Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore/John Moloney, Kim Gordon & more playing shows (separately)"

art basel

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.

Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.

Some of those artists were set to play the UR1 Festival which was to run concurrent with Art Basel but was cancelled.

If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.

Continue reading "Art Basel begins soon in Miami, many bands & Dana (distortion) Yavin photo show included"

Thurston & John on stage w/ Sharon Van Etten in Nov. (more by Chris La Putt)
Thurston Moore John Moloney

Thurston Moore and his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate John Moloney, who released the collaborative Caught On Tape earlier this year, are teaming up for a NYC show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Sawyer, who also appears at Union Pool a few days earlier with Yeah Yeah Yeahs for a Sandy benefit). Admission is $10 at the door.

For Northampton's Speedy Ortiz, the show is part of a short December tour which also includes another Brooklyn show happening on December 13 at Shea Stadium with Grooms, Lushes, and Eartheater. After that tour, they plan to head out with Roomrunner in January but the dates for that tour have not been announced yet. Roomrunner meanwhile open for Future of the Left at Knitting Factory tonight (11/27).

As mentioned, Thurston Moore's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate/wife Kim Gordon will appear at the Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at Terminal 5 (12/1), along with Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) and Johnny Marr. Kurt Vile opens the show and tickets are still available.

A list of all Speedy Ortiz dates and an excerpt of Thurston & John's Caught On Tape release, below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & John Moloney playing collaborative set; Speedy Ortiz touring (dates, stream)"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Groovy & Linda" (MP3)

Sharon Van Etten @ Town Hall
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour through NYC for a hometown show at Town Hall on November 15, her biggest headlining date in the area yet. Though she unfortunately was not supported by Damien Jurado, who opened most of the tour, she treated her hometown fans to a special show without an opener, which instead saw Sharon playing two sets and an encore with a number of special guests. The guests, mostly past collaborators, included Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak, Peter Silberman from The Antlers, Brad Cook from Megafaun, Aaron Dessner (who produced her new album) from The National, Thurston Moore (and his band, Chelsea Light Moving), and her own father, who came out to cover "Barstool Blues" by Neil Young (who he is a fan of and it was his birthday, which is why Sharon chose that cover) during the encore. A special night for many reasons.

When Thurston Moore first came out, it was all the members of his band Chelsea Light Moving (Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney) and all the members of Sharon's band, to play the CLM song, "Groovy and Linda," which you can download above and stream below.

Sharon is also presenting a show in NYC soon with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain, that she may or may not be performing at.

More pictures and the setlist from the show, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten played Town Hall w/ Thurston Moore, Aaron Dessner, Jenn Wasner, HER DAD & other guests (pics, setlist)"

Sharon Van Etten at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is on tour now and as discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 15 at Town Hall. At that show, Sharon will be joined on stage by a number of guests, including Thurston Moore, John Maloney, and a handful of her usual friends/collaborators Aaron Dessner (The National), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), and Brad Cook (Megafaun). Tickets for that show are still available.

In other news, Sharon is releasing a deluxe edition of her 2012 album, Tramp, on November 13 via Jagjaguwar with demo versions of every song on the album, a bonus demo of "Tell Me," a self portrait, and liner notes from Sharon's journal. Regarding the demos, Sharon just told RedEye, "I'm kind of excited about [the demos] because I'm always interested in hearing where people came from and how they progressed. I believe my songs are strong enough to stand on their own--even way back then when they were recorded badly and minimally."

A stream of the "Tell Me" demo and an updated list of dates are below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten to be joined by many special guests at Town Hall, releasing 'Tramp' deluxe edition (listen to a demo)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Thurston Moore & Loren Connors @ Public Assembly
Thurston Moore

Tonight was characterized by a distinct lack of guitar music, and there's no better fuck-you to the six-stringer than a full set of duelling guitars. I know, it seems like I'm contradicting myself, but there was almost nothing resembling structure or melody in the dissonant, jarring and all-around enveloping performance from Thurston Moore and his storied companion Loren Connors when they took the stage at Public Assembly. Instead, they offered up a dynamic set of skronking avant-garde sound play, building atmospheric and slightly unnerving sounds out of two guitars and a stage full of pedals. Best of all, they understood the importance of brevity, offering up a self-contained piece that never felt self-indulgent. [FFWD Weekly]
Like they did at Spy Music Festival, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore teamed up with guitarist Loren Connors for an experimental dual-guitar at the Northern Spy/LQQK CMJ showcase at Public Assembly on October 17. Pictures from that show are in this post.

That was Thurston's last scheduled US show for a while (he's in Australia right now), but as usual, there are other chances to catch other members of Sonic Youth in NYC. Steve Shelley's Spectre Folk is playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (10/28) with Sic Alps and PC Worship. Tickets for that show are still available.

Lee Ranaldo has upcoming shows too.

More pics from Thurston and Loren's show below.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & Loren Connors played Public Assembly (pics); Spectre Folk opening for Sic Alps on Sunday"

Thurston Moore & Loren Connors at The Stone in July, via (((unartig)))
Thurston Loren

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde guitar great Loren Connors, who initially teamed up for a collaborative set over the summer during Spy Music Festival, will again do so for the Northern Spy and LQQK CMJ showcase which happens on October 17 at Public Assembly with Hubble, PC Worship, Diamond Terrifier, The Dreebs, and Devin, Gary & Ross. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.

As mentioned, Loren Connors (playing as a duo with Suzanne Langille) shares a bill with Thurston's SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who will be playing with his group, Text of Light) at 285 Kent on November 13.

Meanwhile, Thurston Moore plays a local show in NYC TONIGHT (10/10) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Zorn, Jesse Harris, Gary Lucas, Red Baraat, David Amram, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox and the recently added Violent Femmes frontman Gordan Gano. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

A lengthy video of Thurston and Loren's set from Spy Music Fest is below.

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