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Volume 71, Issue 146, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Life & Arts

Warehouse Live sees historic Sonic Youth show


When talking about a concert of one of rock's most important groups, it's hard to say bad things for fear of having some fan boy send you 20 letters a day explaining why you were wrong. 

Thankfully, there was nothing terrible about Sonic Youth's performance Thursday at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel St. 

In fact, everything was as it should be. 

The sound was perfectly matched for Sonic Youth's distorted gems, and the members looked as lively as they might have in their beginning stages. (I would say definitely, but I wasn't allowed to go concerts then, so I wouldn't know.)

The group played a nice selection of tunes that demonstrated its versatile musicianship, but for this concertgoer a few favorites were missed. Although it's understandable that the days of hearing "Washing Machine" (the song, not the entire album) are probably over until the group breaks up and then reforms for a reunion tour, it would have been nice to hear Sonic Youth rock the performance up a little with something like "Pattern Recognition" off Sonic Nurse. 

For most of the fans in the crowd, it didn't seem to matter what the playlist was, as they were pleased with every earful that Sonic Youth offered up. Therein lies the joys of being a legend (and talented, for that matter): No matter what you give the crowd, they will readily receive it if it is delivered with sincerity and energy.

The band played for exactly one hour including a moment when guitarist/frontman Thurston Moore played dress-up with an audience member's clothes then left the stage to come back on for two encores.

With plenty of legendary 1980s underground groups making a comeback these days, it's nice to see that you don't have to break up for your music to be relevant. Sonic Youth continues to prove its staying power with performances like Thursday's, and though some songs were missed, it didn't take away from the feeling that this was a moment in music history.

Sonic Youth

@ Warehouse Live

Verdict: Sonic Youth never grows old.

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