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15 songs that influenced Nirvana (probably)

Grunge was portrayed in the media as a brand new phenomenon, but Nirvana themselves would be the first to tell you that their music wasn't really as original as people were saying it was. Here are 15 of the songs that (probably) helped make them...

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Jonas at The Velvet Underground Experience last year (photo via Jonas Mekas Facebook)
Jonas at The Velvet Underground Experience last year (photo via Jonas Mekas Facebook)
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John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, The Feelies’ Glenn Mercer & more playing Jonas Mekas tribute show

Jonas Mekas, filmmaker, founder of Anthology Film Archives and icon of downtown New York, died last month at age 96. City Winery will host a special tribute and benefit at City Winery on February 21, featuring performances from John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, The Feelies' Glenn Mercer, The Bongos' Richard Barone, and composer David Amram, plus ”special guests.”

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One of Kim Gordon's pieces that will be on exhibition at The Warhol Museum (© Kim Gordon. Courtesy 303 Gallery)
One of Kim Gordon's pieces that will be on exhibition at The Warhol Museum (© Kim Gordon. Courtesy 303 Gallery)
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Kim Gordon art exhibition coming to the Warhol Museum in May

It's Kim's first solo exhibition in North America and includes a commissioned score for Andy Warhol's ’Kiss’ featuring Bill Nace, Steve Gunn and John Truscinski which is also getting a vinyl release.

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Lee Ranaldo
photo via Lee Ranaldo Instagram
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Sonic Youth add more ‘Daydream Nation’ screenings; Lee Ranaldo playing NYC

Lee Ranaldo and his Electric Trim Trio are playing Brooklyn a few days after his new 'Electric Trim' live album comes out.

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prototype of Lee Ranaldo's signature Jazzmaster and painted Super Reverb amp
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Sonic Youth’s tour/studio gear shop open now; Lee Ranaldo preps live LP

There's tons of cool stuff available, like lots of guitars the band used (including the original prototype of Lee Ranaldo's signature Jazzmaster), tons of pedals, amps, and more.

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Sonic Youth's final NYC show at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana Distortion)
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Sonic Youth launch live audio/video archive, online shop with tour gear

”We now maintain an archive of hundreds of hours of Sonic Youth concerts and we’d like to share some of our favorites,” said Steve Shelley. That includes 1988 shows at CBGB and Chicago's Cabaret Metro, their final NYC show at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011, and more...

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Daydream Nation
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Sonic Youth add more ‘Daydream Nation’ screenings (NYC w/ Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley Q&A)

Lance Bangs' new Daydream Nation film will screen in Portland, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Philly, and Brooklyn, alongside various Q&As/conversations. They also shared a restored ”Teen Age Riot” video.

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watch Waxahatchee join Courtney Barnett (at same show Kim Gordon joined Stephen Malkmus)

Plus: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield brought out her sister Allison and Katie Harkin for a Great Thunder song.

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Sonic Youth detail ‘Daydream Nation’ film event; Gordon Withers covers SY for RAINN

Cellist and J Robbins collaborator Gordon Withers updates “Youth Against Fascism” (originally written in support of Anita Hill) for the #MeToo era and in protest of Brett Kavanaugh.

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Ted Leo, Matthew Caws, Mac McCaughan & more at "Flip These Houses" (photo: @essceeohteetee)
Ted Leo, Matthew Caws, Mac McCaughan & more at "Flip These Houses" (photo: @essceeohteetee)
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watch Britt Daniel, Craig Finn, Ted Leo & lots more sing protest songs at “Flip These Houses” benefit

The "Flip These Houses" protest benefit also features Nicole Atkins, Lenny Kaye, Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Shilpa Ray, Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), Hamilton Leithauser and lots more.

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