If you were looking for an excuse to sport your $100 designer Sonic Youth t-shirt, here are a few of them. You may have missed Lee Ranaldo’s show at Union Pool last week, but if you’re up for a short jaunt upstate to Kingston, you can still catch him at an exhibition of his art.
One Mile Gallery, in Kingston, is showing some of the line drawings that were on display at Select Fair, when Ranaldo told us he was working on a Scorsese-Jagger HBO pilot. You’ll recall that the “Lost Highways” series, done on the road while Ranaldo was touring, is made up of sketches of the open freeway. So a road trip to this opening seems apropos – it’s Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you want to see the pillars of Sonic Youth closer to home, Thurston Moore — who recently rapped about his style influences (Joey Ramone, etc.) with Esquire during an interview at LES bar The Late Late — is playing a couple of shows in support of his forthcoming album, The Best Day, out Oct. 21. The one at St. Vitus on Oct. 21 is sold out (yes, he’s playing St. Vitus despite his incendiary thoughts on black metal), but you can still get tickets to the Rough Trade show on Oct. 26. He’ll be playing with the Thurston Moore Band, which includes My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. And the openers are PCPC, a “noise-rock confederacy” featuring members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts.