Thurston Moore & John Moloney plus Future Islands
/ Dope Body / Talk Normal
Monday, Nov 19, 2012 8:00 PM EST
(7:00 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
We have added Thurston Moore & Jim Moloney to this show & moved it to the Ballroom. All tickets purchased for Future Islands will be honored
Rock innovator Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth, comes to the Beachland tonight. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, his band became a vanguard for a new generation of New York City-based musicians who forcefully utilized both low-and-highbrow art forms, taking a swing at the pre-existing rock hierarchy. Sonic Youth piled together punk rock's tuff gnarl, the groovy and occasionally druggy vibe of the late ‘60s, the post-modern stance of various underground writers and film-makers, and compositional techniques borrowed from 20th century "new" music. During the ‘90s, Sonic Youth managed to swim into the mainstream, as witnessed by '91 film about the band, The Year Punk Broke. This film not only tells the tale of Sonic Youth on the road in Europe, but also shows their part in shepherding the "alternative" bands of that day, such as Nirvana, Babes In Toyland, Mudhoney, and others. Through this film, and major-label albums like Goo and Dirty, Sonic Youth started a wave that re-shaped the conceptual possibilities of rock music. In 2011, Sonic Youth began an extended hiatus, which has given Moore time to work on his own solo tunes and tours. Tonight he arrives with John Moloney, who not only plays in Moore's new group Chelsea Light Moving, but also in great underground bands like Sunburned Hand of the Man and Howlin' Rain. Expect Moloney on thundering drums and Moore on ecstatic improvisation rock guitar -- though he's been known to throw in a few classic rock covers as well. But Dear Readers, don't get transfixed by Moore's stature (he is tall, after all). We'll also have the ardent electronica of Baltimore trio Future Islands, who display the melancholy white soul of many ‘80s new wave groups without the kitsch. And please, whatever you do, don't miss NYC band Talk Normal, a duo of women who channel the moans of P.J. Harvey with Sonic Youth's textural guitar. Oh, and gosh, if you're looking for guitar, this bill also features Dope Body and bruising, brutal noisecore in the style of bands like Ruins. If you love rock, but you're kind of bored by it, come experience the outer limits of a genre we all love on a festival-style Monday.