News featuring Sonic Youth

The following news stories mention Sonic Youth. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated within the last hour.

’14 Apr 21 Mon

Monday 21st April

  • Hauschka released an LP, touring North America (dates, video)

    Listening to a piece by Hauschka can be deceiving: What sounds like an ensemble of musicians and instruments is just one man, performing at one piano. His real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, where he works with his "prepared piano." He wrests disruptive sounds from the instrument's 88 keys by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and leather.

    [...] "They create a whole carpet of sounds underneath the tones that the hammers create," Hauschka tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "What I like about it is that there is something going on without my control." [NPR]

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’14 Apr 17 Thu

Thursday 17th April

  • Twilight: III: Beneath Trident's Tomb

    Twilight have slammed the tomb shut and are hostile to all visitors, leaving a disconnect between the listener and the songs outside of “Oh Wretched Son” and “A Flood of Eyes”.

    Due to the addition of a certain musician, Twilight’s third and final album, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, is arguably the most anticipated black metal release of the year. Joining the American black metal collective for their swansong is Thurston Moore—he of Sonic Youth fame. Moore’s sacred status alone should summon the attention of folks familiar and unfamiliar with black metal’s exclusionary ethos, yet whether fans of indie rock (or whatever name you want to give…

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’14 Apr 15 Tue

Tuesday 15th April

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Monday 14th April

’14 Apr 13 Sun

Sunday 13th April

  • Thee Oh Sees: Drop review - 'cheerily psychedelic'

    (Castle Face)

    Garage rock can get a little one-dimensional. Thee Oh Sees are not that way inclined, infusing their records with a wriggling, lysergic edge. Fans of this niche but alluring outfit assumed that they were over last year when main man John Dwyer relocated from San Francisco to LA. Instead, they have released an eighth studio record as Thee Oh Sees (Dwyer's put out plenty more). Recorded in a banana ripening warehouse, Drop is even more cheerily psychedelic than usual. Opener Penetrating Eye is the best sort of bad trip, with a churning riff Jack White would envy. Encrypted Bounce, meanwhile, recalls Sonic Youth at their most user-friendly. For all their wiggy sonics, Thee Oh Sees rarely lose their way, and these nine tracks scamper along, unfettered by genre hang-ups and aided by guest guitarist Mikal Cronin.

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’14 Apr 11 Fri

Friday 11th April

  • Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame collaborations: why they worked

    At the grunge band's induction last night, remaining members reunited for performances with Joan Jett, St Vincent, Lorde and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. Here's why each choice provided a masterful stroke of musicianship

    Last night was a significant event in Nirvana's legacy not only did it reconcile the long, tormented friendship of Dave Grohl and Courtney Love but it also saw one of the most iconic bands in music history inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What made this occasion truly brilliant, however, was that the remaining members reunited for a special performance fronted by four female rock'n'roll stars at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York with Joan Jett, St Vincent, Lorde and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon interpreting Kurt Cobain's iconic vocals in their own, unique way. With some choices more obvious than others, heres why each singer was a great replacement for the frontman.

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  • Nirvana Recruit Leading Ladies For Explosive Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Show

    Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the...

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’14 Apr 9 Wed

Wednesday 9th April

  • William S Burroughs Centenary Celebration underway (events scheduled around NYC and the world)

    Literary and postmodern icon William S Burroughs, who died in 1997, would have turned 100 this year and there are Centenary celebration events happening all over the world. In New York, WSB100 (which was [and still is] being funded by an Indiegogo campaign) is happening the entire month of April at various venues around the the city:

    Help us celebrate 100 years of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs. As ferocious, provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, NYC's month-long WSB100 features extraordinary original performances, films, readings, panels, and world premiere tributes in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself. You can buy a festival pass for $100 that gets you in to all the WSB events, or buy individual tickets.

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’14 Apr 8 Tue

Tuesday 8th April

  • Pity Sex, Superheaven (fka Daylight) & Ovlov added to Basement tour (updated dates)

    Pity Sex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)

    As previously discussed, UK post-hardcore band Basement ended their hiatus and will be touring North America this year, which includes a NYC show at the Grand Ballroom in Webster Hall on August 19 (moved from the Marlin Room, which had been moved from the Studio). Since we last spoke, two of Basement's Run for Cover labelmates, the shoegazy Pity Sex and the '90s alt-rock-loving Superheaven, have been added to the most of the US dates. Another '90s-loving band, Ovlov (but more Dino Jr/Sonic Youth-style love) also open the NYC show, and a few other Northeast dates. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

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