Lee Ranaldo Band touring; Thurston Moore w/ Lou Barlow & others on Joyful Noise 7″ series, playing Yoko Ono’s Meltdown
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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...
Lou Barlow - "Crack and Emerge" b/w Dumb Numbers - "Last Night I Had A Dream"
(via Consequence of Sound)
David Yow - "Thee Itch" b/w Child Bite - "Abysmal Splatter"
Lee Ranaldo Band -- 2013 Tour Dates
April 13 Porto, Portugal-Paredes de Coura
April 15 Ourense, Spain-Cafe Torgal ^
April 18-21 Morocco-Alchemy at Zahar! festival *
April 23 Madrid, Spain-Teatro Lara
April 24 Barcelona, Spain-La Apolo
April 25 Bilbao, Spain-Kafe Antzokia
April 28 Union Pool, Brooklyn
May 27 Chicago, IL Downtown Sound at Millennium Park w/ Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
June 6 Montreal, Quebec #
June 7 Petersborough, NH #
^ - Lee Ranaldo Acoustic Band
* - Lee Ranaldo Band performing, as well as Lee sitting in w the Master Musicians of Jajouka-out in the Moroccan desert
# - Lee solo acoustic