Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Celebrate Brooklyn! pick of the week

Indie rock gods Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have been pushing the rock envelope for three decades as the seminal rock band Sonic Youth, delivering arty, experimental sounds to generations of head-bopping teenagers and cool dads alike.

Sometimes jarring, sometimes soothing, but always epic, Sonic Youth’s longevity and willingness to explore new avenues of noise has earned the group tenure and respect in the contemporary indie scene.

Formed in 1981, the prolific band has released 16 full-length albums, eight EPs and numerous singles, releasing their latest album, “The Eternal,” in 2009, less than a year after the duo gave fans a free sneak preview at the last McCarren Park Pool show in 2008.

Fans of the No Wave band or those late to the scene can see Gordon rock out on the bass and Moore shred on the guitar once again on Saturday at the Prospect Park band shell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.

“As a teen, I was very influenced by Sonic Youth,” said Andrya Ambro, who will open for the veteran noise makers with her band Talk Normal, a noisy Williamsburg pop rock duo. “They were such a wild and new sound for me.”

And for fans used to paying top dollar to see Sonic Youth perform, the free show is certainly something to celebrate.

Sonic Youth at the Prospect Park band shell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 855-7882], July 31 at 7:30 pm. Free. With Talk Normal. For info, visit


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