When New York City music icons Sonic Youth broke up—or at least went on hiatus—in 2011, no one really knew what to expect of the group’s members. But, fortunately, we didn’t have to wait too long to find out that vocalist-guitarist Thurston Moore would remain busy, musically speaking. He’s worked with Yoko Ono and he’s done his own thing with a pair of bands, with Chelsea Light Moving and the Thurston Moore Group, alongside Deb Googe on bass, Steve Shelley on drums and James Sedwards on guitar. Moore (above, recording “Transcendent Transaction”) released Rock n Roll (stream it below) earlier this year to some considerable acclaim. The “new solo LP evokes the hippie leanings that were always at the heart of Sonic Youth,” says Pitchfork. “With some of his most joyous lyrics to date, Moore uses outer aggression to achieve inner bliss,” while Spin calls it: “His most transportive solo record yet.” Now based in London, Moore comes back home to NYC to play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.
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Blonde Redhead have a unique backstory with an international bent: Start with twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace, who were born in Italy, raised in Montreal and studied jazz in Boston. Then add a chance encounter with Japanese art students Kazu Makino and Maki Takahashi at a New York City restaurant. Next, cut to Amedeo and Makino on guitars and vocals, Takahashi on bass and Simone on drums. Their sound caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, who produced and released the band’s self-titled debut on his own label in ’95. Takahashi left a short while later, and despite cycling through several different bassists, Blonde Readhead (above, playing “Here Sometimes” live for 4AD Sessions) put out four more albums over the next five years, often changing their sound on each one. The only thing that’s really slowed down this group is when Makino sustained serious injuries after getting tossed from and then stepped on by a horse. But they’ve been back on the grind ever since. Their ninth studio album, Barragán (stream it below) was released last year to some considerable plaudits. “Just as poetic, mysterious and bewitching as Blonde Redhead’s more baroque albums,” wrote AllMusic, “Barragán is a quietly audacious set of songs that ranks among the band’s finest music.” See them play Warsaw on Saturday night. Performing as a duo, Grizzly Bear’s drummer Chris Bear and keyboardist Aaron Arntz open the show.
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