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September 30, 2010
Stockton-bred and post-punk fed, the seminal indie band Pavement has reunited to grand acclaim and keeps the energy flowing for this highly anticipated show at the Bowl, which also features fellow alternative icons Sonic Youth and current Sub Pop-signed lo-fi experimentalists No Age. Hollywood Bowl. 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. $37.75-$79. (323) 850-1885. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
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April 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Sonic Youth came into being more than 30 years ago, when Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore started playing together in New York City. With bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, they released dissonant, loud, arty records that changed the sound of rock music at the end of the 20th century. And now Gordon is writing a memoir about it. Steve Appleford called their music " the sounds of beauty and noise . " Jonathan Gold, who talked to the band back in 1990, wrote that the "group's strangely tuned guitars rang out like distorted bells or Indian sarods; its deadpan lyrics lay obscurely as punk koans . " For Margaret Wappler, it was a "fusion of high-art experimentation and trashy cool.
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June 10, 2009 | Steve Appleford; Margaret Wappler; Randy Lewis
Sonic Youth "The Eternal" Matador * * * * For nearly two decades, Sonic Youth followed its experimental whims under the Geffen corporate banner, making forward-looking rock as exciting and truly distinctive as anything they'd created for the guerrilla indie labels SST and Blast First. Their newest, "The Eternal," is the first to be released through the proud indie vet Matador, and the transition begins with a moment of clanging, atonal guitars.
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March 4, 2013 | By August Brown
Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving is named after the avant-garde composer Philip Glass' pre-fame moving company, and that's a pretty good metaphor for the band's sound: high-minded musicians doing some dumb, brawny lifting. The band's self-titled debut comes after a gentler acoustic solo album and what appears to be a long hiatus for Sonic Youth (Moore is separating from his wife and band co-founder Kim Gordon). So it makes sense that his next move is this low-stakes, punky project whose album sounds like it was written in an afternoon - in both good and bad ways.
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January 11, 2010 | By Steve Appleford
Sonic Youth has traveled far with the sounds of beauty and noise, stretching out its repertoire to include no-wave, alt-rock and wild experiments with the music of John Cage. After nearly three decades together, the band's open-ended approach is essentially unchanged and uncompromised, fueled on harmonic intensity, not pop convention. At the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday, Sonic Youth again harnessed a storm of melody and feedback, opening its 90-minute performance with the hurried guitar riffs of "No Way," as singer-guitarist Thurston Moore sang urgently of pain and temptation: "Renounce your lies sweet succubi . . ."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Sonic Youth came into being more than 30 years ago, when Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore started playing together in New York City. With bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, they released dissonant, loud, arty records that changed the sound of rock music at the end of the 20th century. And now Gordon is writing a memoir about it. Steve Appleford called their music " the sounds of beauty and noise . " Jonathan Gold, who talked to the band back in 1990, wrote that the "group's strangely tuned guitars rang out like distorted bells or Indian sarods; its deadpan lyrics lay obscurely as punk koans . " For Margaret Wappler, it was a "fusion of high-art experimentation and trashy cool.
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October 1, 2010 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Early in Sonic Youth's set, Kim Gordon, dressed in bronze lam���© that looked like it had been dragged through a dirty New York alley, pushed her bass guitar around on the ground and then stood in front of a pile of black amps on stage. She appeared to be listening to them, those black boxes that regulate the noise, for the kind of mystic instructions that would make the writers of "Lost" proud. For romantics of the rock 'n' roll squall, the Hollywood Bowl served up an evening of pummel and grace Thursday night.
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August 12, 1990 | JONATHAN GOLD
N ew York's Sonic Youth was one of the most important rock bands of the '80s, the one that most successfully reconciled that decade's trash-culture obsessions with the nihilist urge of punk. The group's strangely tuned guitars rang out like distorted bells or Indian sarods; its deadpan lyrics lay obscurely as punk koans. Their records were noisy and loud, and perennially some of the most popular on college radio.
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June 11, 2006 | Steve Hochman;Soren Baker;Randy Lewis
Sonic Youth "Rather Ripped" (Geffen) * * * AFTER several years with producer-guitarist Jim O'Rourke as a fifth member, Sonic Youth has scaled back to its original lean four-piece -- fittingly, as this is the band at its most intimate. The SY love album? Well, yes, starting off with Kim Gordon breathily cooing, "You keep me coming home again," in the opening song, "Reena," perhaps the bubbliest (and non-ironically so) pop song of the band's 25-year career as an alternative pace setter.
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May 30, 1998 | MARC WEINGARTEN
Sonic Youth is to indie rock what director Jim Jarmusch is to indie film: Both codified distinctive styles and attitudes that spread like a contagion during the early '80s, only to see their own pioneering work eventually overshadowed by their pupils. In the band's case, these descendants range from Pavement to Nirvana. Now, 17 years after it emerged from New York's downtown art scene, Sonic Youth is less trailblazer than keeper of the flame.
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August 6, 2011 | By Greg Kot
> > The day's best photos Disappears gets Saturday off to a rousing start with thundering bass lines and trancy beats from “fill-in” drummer Steve Shelley, who is taking a break from Sonic Youth to help out the Chicago quartet. With its reverbing vocals and guitars, and rhythms riding down the Autobahn first paved by German art-rockers Neu, Disappears plays  under a thick blanket of gray. “Check it out, we brought the clouds,” the band says, and then makes a sound big enough to sound like  the voice of doom descending.
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July 28, 2011
The erstwhile Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore's latest solo venture (and there have been many) is a departure from his typical avant-garde shredding. "Demolished Thoughts" is a tender, considered album of acoustic guitar work produced by Beck that's surprising and unexpectedly moving. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thu.-Fri. $20. troubadour.com.
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July 23, 2011
MOVIES 1991: The Year Punk Broke Filmmaker Dave Markey's documentary of tagging along with Sonic Youth on a summer festival tour of Europe is a snapshot of classic indie rock, with appearances from Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Courtney Love and more. Markey will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 6:30 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org. MUSIC Dolly Parton With a fresh record out and a world tour that includes her Hollywood Bowl headlining debut, the 65-year-old country veteran runs counter to the idea of surrender.
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November 28, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Elton John stopped in Los Angeles this month on his latest concert tour, he came in with one of the biggest storehouses of hits in pop music history. But instead of diving headlong into his catalog, he and his old friend Leon Russell devoted the centerpiece of their time together at the Hollywood Palladium to a complete performance of their new duet album, "The Union. " The performance ran counter to several bits of conventional wisdom about pop music today: Veteran artists must rely in concert on their hits to satisfy fans, the album format is dead or dying in the era of the downloadable individual track, and the ability and willingness of the pop audience to focus attention on extended musical works is shrinking by the minute, thanks to the explosion of music instantaneously available at the click of a mouse or iPhone app. The John-Russell show was by no means an isolated incident.
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October 1, 2010 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Early in Sonic Youth's set, Kim Gordon, dressed in bronze lam���© that looked like it had been dragged through a dirty New York alley, pushed her bass guitar around on the ground and then stood in front of a pile of black amps on stage. She appeared to be listening to them, those black boxes that regulate the noise, for the kind of mystic instructions that would make the writers of "Lost" proud. For romantics of the rock 'n' roll squall, the Hollywood Bowl served up an evening of pummel and grace Thursday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
Stockton-bred and post-punk fed, the seminal indie band Pavement has reunited to grand acclaim and keeps the energy flowing for this highly anticipated show at the Bowl, which also features fellow alternative icons Sonic Youth and current Sub Pop-signed lo-fi experimentalists No Age. Hollywood Bowl. 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. $37.75-$79. (323) 850-1885. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
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November 17, 1988 | Mike Boehm
There's the Manhattan of Woody Allen and Donald Trump, all Gershwin sweep and skyscraper grandeur. Then there's the Manhattan on the inside cover of Sonic Youth's new double album, "Daydream Nation," where the four band members are seen in front of a forbidding backdrop of graffiti-covered brick and tomblike doorways barred with corrugated metal. "I love that," Sonic Youth singer-guitarist Thurston Moore said about the photograph in a phone interview this week.
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July 26, 2000 | MARC WEINGARTEN
Too often in rock, artists who have clocked more than two decades as performers settle into a creative torpor, killing time with repeated exhumations of their past glory. New York's Sonic Youth takes the opposite tack, obstinately refusing to tidy up its noisy rock for easy consumption, even as it's leaned closer to conventional pop song forms over the past decade.
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September 14, 2010
POP MUSIC Shonen Knife The J-Pop metal trio Shonen knife will play their pastel-colored instruments with admirable ferocity at Spaceland with Neverever and Fantastica Bastidas. The band has been an alt-music staple for nearly 30 years, having been introduced to Western audiences by the likes of Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Spaceland , 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $14. (323) 661-4380; http://www.clubspaceland.com . Daughtry The Idol alum, one of the few to maintain a vibrant career post-show, talks about his transition into a legitimate rock songwriting force in the intimate show and conversation with producer Howard Benson.
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January 11, 2010 | By Steve Appleford
Sonic Youth has traveled far with the sounds of beauty and noise, stretching out its repertoire to include no-wave, alt-rock and wild experiments with the music of John Cage. After nearly three decades together, the band's open-ended approach is essentially unchanged and uncompromised, fueled on harmonic intensity, not pop convention. At the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday, Sonic Youth again harnessed a storm of melody and feedback, opening its 90-minute performance with the hurried guitar riffs of "No Way," as singer-guitarist Thurston Moore sang urgently of pain and temptation: "Renounce your lies sweet succubi . . ."
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