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Nirvana recruit leading ladies for explosive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show

April 11th, 2014 3:00am EDT
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 surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.

The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novosel...

Thurston Moore slams blogger for 'gender fascism' over candid affair chat

March 9th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Thurston Moore
Rocker Thurston Moore has blasted a female blogger for "gender fascism" after she criticised the former Sonic Youth frontman for discussing the affair which ended his marriage to his bandmate Kim Gordon.

The veteran musician recently opened up about finding love with book editor Eva Prinz in an interview with British magazine The Fly, admitting they are now living together in London following his split from Gordon in 2011.

He said, "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat...

Sonic Youth star hosting free music workshop

October 15th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo is offering up free music lessons for fans in New York.

The rocker has unveiled plans to hold a guitar workshop at the Other Music record store in Manhattan on 28 October (13).

A notice online reads: "Lee will be hosting his first Guitar Clinic, having a discussion and demonstration of his weapon of choice. What's more, you'll not only walk away with a new found respect for and knowledge of the Axe, you'll also walk away with a signed poster."

Kim Gordon working on autobiography

September 8th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Sonic Youth
Former Sonic Youth star Kim Gordon is set to lift the lid on her life in the music industry in a new memoir.

The rocker has signed a deal with publishing house HarperCollins and is working on an autobiography titled Girl In A Band.

The book will reportedly document her career as a member of the iconic group, as well as her complicated relationship with her bandmate husband Thurston Moore.

Gordon is also set to publish a book of essays which she wrote in the 1980s, according to the New York Times.

Sonic Youth Get Stolen Guitars Back After 13 Years

September 27th, 2012 10:02am EDT
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Two guitars stolen from Sonic Youth's truck 13 years ago have been found.

The band was left devastated on July 4th, 1999 when a vehicle housing its collection of one-of-a-kind modified touring gear, including drums and guitars, was stolen in Orange County, California. The truck was later located in Los Angeles, but the equipment was missing.

Fans of the group have helped discover several items from the raid over the years, and guitarist/singer Lee Ranaldo reveals to music website that two other pieces have recently been found.

He says, "It's kind of wild. After all this ...

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon Split After 27 Year Marriage

October 16th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
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Sonic Youth stars Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have split after 27 years of marriage.

The alternative rockers announced the news on Friday but insist they remain committed to the band's upcoming tour plans.

A representative for their label Matador Records tells E! News, "Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."

The couple married in 1984 and have a 17-year-old daughter, Coco.

Lady Gaga Duets With Yoko Ono

October 4th, 2010 11:45am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga took to the stage with Yoko Ono on Saturday night to duet at a tribute concert for late Beatles legend John Lennon.

Lennon's widow organized three nights of shows in Los Angeles over the weekend to mark what would have been the musician's 70th birthday on October 9th.

Stars including Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and rapper RZA all appeared at the Plastic Ono Band gig on Saturday night, but the highlight of the evening came when the Poker Face hit-maker joined Ono for a duet.

After the concert Gaga took to her page to tell fans about the show, posting ...

'Gossip Girl' Recap: It's A Boy, A Wedding & Sonic Youth

October 13th, 2009 8:10am EDT
Gossip Girl
While wedding season may be behind us, Gossip Girl tried to bring some ceremonial bliss to the Upper East Side. But, first things first, there was some relationship drama that needed to be sorted out before anyone could have a 'happily ever after.'

Dan (Penn Badgley) was left all by his lonesome while new movie-star girlfriend Olivia (Hilary Duff) was off on an Asian press/movie tour. While Olivia had left, Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) had come back to play, or pounce as the situation might more appropriately be described.

Georgina had gone to Boston to have Scott (Chris Riggi) c...

Have You Heard? Always April

April 22nd, 2009 11:02am EDT
Always April
As a self professed cross between Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, The Pixies, Fugazi and Incubus, Arkansas' Always April certainly have a shroud of mystery around them. Their glam tinged fuzz rock has a special sound to it, something that is almost impossible to pinpoint.

Perhaps it has something to do with the way the band just puzzlingly formed.

"We have all been playing music in different bands most of our lives and all have come from different big cities around the nation to Salem, Arkansas for completely different reasons," the band states. "We met by sheer coincidence within a two w...

Have You Heard? Postcode

March 20th, 2009 4:42pm EDT
"I guess it's 'alternative rock,' whatever that means," says Postcode guitarist Mikie Daugherty of the bands' music. "It's loud, quiet, beautiful, dischordant, melodic." Daugherty goes on to say, "I think we're pretty varied, hopefully you couldn't accuse us of having a bunch of songs that sound the same. We've been compared to bands like Sonic Youth, The Pixies, The Breeders and P.J. Harvey."

The United Kingdom, more specifically Douglas, Isle of Man, quartet are doing their due diligence in blazing their path in today's scene. There music doesn't regularly fade or slow; it is often u...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

The Stooges' Guitarist Found Dead

January 6th, 2009 11:33am EST
The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton has been found dead at his Michigan home at the age of 60.

The rocker's personal assistant contacted police on Monday night after failing to reach the star for days, according to Detective Bill Stanford. Officers were sent to Asheton's house in Ann Arbor to investigate and discovered his body on a couch in the living room at around midnight on Tuesday.

Cops believe the star suffered a heart attack a few days previously, although the official cause of death has yet to be determined. Foul play has been ruled out, and autopsy and toxicology reports...

Katy Perry Gives Sculpture Of Her Breasts To Charity

October 27th, 2008 11:59am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has donated a sculpture of her bust to raise money for a breast cancer charity. The "I Kissed A Girl" hitmaker's chest mold will be painted by her boyfriend - Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy - and auctioned off in aid of the Keep A Breast Foundation's youth outreach program, according to E! Entertainment.

Bidding for the sculpture will open on November 26.

Other acts who have contributed to or painted busts for the sale - on auction website eBay - include Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and new wave rockers Devo.

(This news article provided by Wo...

What's Happening Around The Country This Weekend, Courtesy Of

August 28th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
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If you're someone who loves to go out then is the place for you! Find the hottest events, parties, concerts, places of interest and more! There's always something going on!

Here's a sampling of some of the great things that are happening around the good 'ol U.S. of A. this weekend, Labor Day weekend, August 29-September 1, 2008:

New York City:

Sonic Youth, Last Concert At The Pool

Rooftop Films: Looking For Love

N.E.G. Anniversary, Art Event

Midwestern Goodness

Los Angeles:

F Yeah Fest!

Filter Mag Sunset Series: Sunset Social

The Heist

Cinefamily L...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

June 24th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...

Journey Into The Elusive Life Of Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There,' On DVD May 6

April 18th, 2008 10:51am EDT
Exploring the multidimensional nature and shifting personae of revered musician Bob Dylan - from the public to the private to the fantastical - I'm Not There debuts on DVD on May 6th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Featuring the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning performance by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Aviator), I'm Not There weaves together a daring and complex narrative of an ever-elusive American icon. Garnering three awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, including Special Jury Prize and Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There was...

New Live CD/DVD From The Gossip, 'Live In Liverpool,' Out April 15

April 10th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Recorded live in concert on July 9, 2007, Gossip - Live In Liverpool brilliantly captures and focuses the stunning ferocity, energy and intensity at the heart of Gossip's groundbreaking meld of sound and politics. This incendiary concert showcase breaks out definitive performances of Gossip signature tunes including the band's UK #1 Indie chart-topping smash, "Standing In The Way Of Control"; the UK Top 40 hit, "Listen Up"; and the #3 UK Indie track, "Jealous Girls" in addition to delightfully provocative covers of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"


Sonic Youth Album Cover Painting To Be Auctioned

February 19th, 2008 11:09am EST
Sonic Youth
The painting that rockers Sonic Youth used for the cover of their landmark 1988 album Daydream Nation will be auctioned in London later this month.

Gerhard Richter's 1983 photo-painting Kerze is expected to fetch more than $5 million when it goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house on February 27.

The artwork of a burning white candle in a derelict room was later appropriated for the sleeve of Sonic Youth's breakthrough double album.

Sotheby's spokesperson Francis Outred says, "This is a unique collaboration of a painter that people want with an album cover by one of the grea...

'Juno' Soundtrack Tops Albums Chart

January 31st, 2008 11:20am EST
The soundtrack to Oscar-nominated movie Juno has knocked Alicia Keys off the top of the U.S. albums chart. The Juno soundtrack, which features songs by The Kinks and Sonic Youth, has climbed from two to one to lead the Billboard 200.

Keys' "No One" falls a place to two, while Natasha Bedingfield is this week's highest debut at three with "Pocketful Of Sunshine".

Rounding out the top five are Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains and Radiohead's In Rainbows.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...

Fascinating Facts

December 21st, 2007 6:00pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is charging fans $1,000 each to watch her ring in the New Year at Miami, Florida's The Setai. The singer will perform songs from the hit film at a New Year's Eve party.

Lou Reed will follow The Who's Pete Townshend and serve as the keynote speaker at the 2008 South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas in March. Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore, Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein will also address music fans at the annual mix of seminars and concerts.

Former Rolling Stones bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor are to reunite f...

Soundtrack To The Quirky New Film 'Juno' Out January 15

December 12th, 2007 5:38pm EST
Rhino will release the soundtrack for Juno, a comedy from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) and written by Diablo Cody.

Opening in select theaters December 5, the film's soundtrack mixes classic artists, such as The Kinks and Mott The Hoople, with indie faves Sonic Youth and Cat Power. The soundtrack is currently available as a download from digital outlets and will be available for purchase in stores January 15.

The 20-song collection includes eight songs by Kimya Dawson - a featured solo artist as well as member of the groups The Moldy P...

Pavement Top Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Poll

November 20th, 2007 8:37am EST
Cult rockers Pavement have topped a list naming the greatest indie-rock albums of all time The quintet's 1993 release Slanted And Enchanted beat out competition from Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and Let It Be by The Replacements to top magazine Blender's music poll.

Top 10 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums are:

1. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted

2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

3. The Replacements - Let It Be

4. R.E.M. - Murmur

5. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

6. Arcade Fire - Funeral

7. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

8. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless


'This Is Next' Compilation Series To Highlight The Best Music From Independent Artists

August 27th, 2007 8:05pm EDT
This Is NEXT
This Is NEXT is a new compilation series showcasing today's best independent artists. Based on the model of the popular NOW That's What I Call Music series and inspired by the success of 2004's Garden State soundtrack (which largely featured independent artists and sold over 1 million units), This Is NEXT will be curated biannually by a different label in the ADA stable.

ADA president Andy Allen sums the compilation's relevance best by saying, "Indie music has entered the mainstream. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly using tracks from indie artists in their projects, and yo...

Thurston Moore: 'Yoko Ono Edgier Than Today's Artists'

August 24th, 2007 3:22pm EDT
Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has hit out at Avril Lavigne and John Mayer, insisting 70 year olds rock harder than they do.

The rocker recently collaborated with Yoko Ono, and claims she is edgier than most modern artists.

He tells Spin magazine, "I am playing with Yoko Ono, and she's well past 70 and she rocks. Neil Young rocks. It's certainly not John Mayer or Avril Lavigne. Those people don't rock. If that's the young generation in the culture, then (forget) it. In the underground, the old guys are cool. I like the fact that the older we get the more we can rock."


Musicians Flock To Record Bob Dylan Covers For Soundtrack

August 14th, 2007 9:12am EDT
Bob Dylan
Eddie Vedder, Sonic Youth, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson are among the stars who have contributed covers of Bob Dylan songs for a new movie centred around the legendary rocker.

Director Todd Haynes' I'm Not There sees six different actors, including Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Cate Blanchett, playing Dylan at various points in his career.

For the soundtrack, artists including The Hold Steady, Mark Lanegan, former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, Calexico, Yo La Tengo and Dylan himself have all recorded songs taken from the 66-year-old's back catalogue.

Five songs o...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 25

July 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Matt LeBlanc
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" actor Michael Welch (1987), "The Jacket" actor Brad Renfro (1982), Cradle of Filth singer Dani Davey (1973), "Friends" and "Joey" star Matt LeBlanc (1967), "Stir of Echoes" actress Illeana Douglas (1965), Sonic Youth singer Thurston Moore (1958), Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (1954; d. 1999), reggae singer Rita Marley (1946), "Golden Girl" Estelle Getty (1923), saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1906; d. 1970), actress Lila Lee (1901; d. 1973), and silver screen star Walter Brennan (1894; d. 1974).

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore Defends Starbucks CD Release

July 3rd, 2007 5:00pm EDT
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Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has defended his decision to sell a compilation from the band in the Starbucks coffee chain.

Fans of the band criticized the move, branding them "sell outs". Moore insists he was surprised by the negative reaction.

He says, "I never thought of it as being more radical than recording for Universal Music. They're both corporations that have ties to things that people find sort of problematic. The compilation came out of the idea that I wanted (newest album) Rather Ripped to be in Starbucks stores because that's where people were seeing CDs. They aren't g...

Cult Bands Perform For An Independent Radio Station

June 28th, 2007 10:19am EDT
Sonic Youth
Cult acts Sonic Youth, Grizzly Bear and El-P are the latest musicians to play concerts in support of independent radio stations in America. Sonic Youth will play their Free Yr Radio tour date in a branch of retail store Urban Outfitters in Santa Monica, California on July 21st to raise funds for nearby radio station KXLU.

Grizzly Bear will perform in another Urban Outfitters branch in Cleveland, Ohio on July 12th to benefit WBWC, while rapper El-P will play the chain's Avenue Of The Americas store in New York City on July 14thfor WNHU.

Other bands to have rocked the Free Yr Radi...

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