Monday, July 27, 2009

Sonic Youth touring West Coast this fall

Photo by Michael Schmelling, 2009

Touring in support of their 16th studio album, alternative rock gods Sonic Youth have just thrown a handful of new dates on the schedule, including two stops in Arizona: Oct. 1 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe and Oct. 2 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson.

I'm far from a Sonic Youth expert, but I've been growing more interested over the past couple years, partly from Stu LeBlanc's insistence and partly from reading about the band's early days in Our Band Could Be Your Life (which was also at Stu's insistence, as a matter of fact). I don't think there's ever been another band to rival what Sonic Youth is in terms of being the quintessential independent band. They've done their own thing for nearly 30 years, and what was made possible musically in the wake of Sonic Youth's career, every step of the way, is incredible.

I haven't heard this year's The Eternal (meaning The Eternal Youth?), but the record has not surprisingly been getting all sorts of outstanding reviews.

Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster

Sept. 25 - Pomona, CA Fox Theatre
Sept. 26 - Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre
Sept. 28 - San Diego, CA House of Blues
Sept. 29 - Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Oct. 01 - Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Oct. 02 - Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX Austin City Limits

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