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About Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth is an experimental rock group formed in New York City in 1981. The band consists of Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals, bass), Kim Gordon (bass, vocals, guitar), Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals, electric drill) and Steve Shelley (drums) Early in their career, Sonic Youth were associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City, but they have outlasted most associated bands. Initially inspired by the experimentation of Glenn Branca and The Velvet Underground and the heavy garage rock of The Stooges, they are known for using a variety of unorthodox guitar tunings, and for applying screwdrivers, drumsticks or other preparations to guitars to alter the instruments' timbres. Members of the band have released books of poetry and prose (a beatnik influence is evident in both their writing and lyrics), produced, written and performed in films (such as "1991: The Year Punk Broke", "Perfect Partner", "(this is known as) the blues scale" and "last days"). They have staged shows of visual art, and curated the All Tomorrows Parties music festival. They've even appeared in and performed a version of the theme song for "The Simpsons". In addition to their 21 albums as Sonic Youth there is much material recorded and performed with other artists, solo albums, and side-projects such as Ciccone Youth. It can be said that Sonic Youth are an artistic collective just as much as they are a traditional rock/pop band. They have also brought a number of notable bands to a wider audience - acts such as Beck, Kevin Drumm, Nirvana, OOIOO, Pavement, Prolapse, and Wolf Eyes have opened for Sonic Youth. There was also a short-lived supergroup featuring members of Sonic Youth and Prolapse. They have also made an appearance of sorts in the Silent Hill video game for the Playstation. The names "K. Gordon", "T. Moore", and "L. Ranaldo" can be found in a faculty register in the Midwich Elementary School area of the game. At one point, to progress through the game, you have to take a route through "K. Gordon"'s house. Current members are: Thurston Moore - guitars, bass guitar, vocals Lee Ranaldo - guitars, vocals Kim Gordon - bass guitar, guitar, vocals Steve Shelley - drums Mark Ibold - bass guitar (touring) Formerly: Jim O'Rourke - guitar, bass. Appears on NYC Ghosts & Flowers 2000 Band member: Murray Street 2002 to 2005 Bob Bert - drums on Confusion is Sex 1983 to Death Valley '69 1985 Richard Edson - Sonic Youth EP 1981 to 1983 anne demarinis - keyboard (left before first ep) Jim Sclavunos - drummer/producerFollow on Bandsintown
Steve Shelley, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo
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Is Sonic Youth on tour?
No, Sonic Youth is not currently on tour and doesn’t have any tour dates scheduled for 2024-2025. Browse related artists and follow Sonic Youth for the latest updates on upcoming concert tours.