It’s July 21, 2015: do you know where the members of Sonic Youth are? Alas, there’s still no sign of a “fare thee well” show with a giant SY blimp and fireworks (paging Peter Shapiro), but here’s the next best thing: Thurston, Kim, and Lee have a bunch of local shows coming up, some of them freeeee.
Kim Gordon: “Design Office: The City is a Garden”
Through July 25 at 303 Gallery, 507 W 24th St., Chelsea; free
Friday is your last day to catch Kim Gordon’s art show. Read our review and then head over to Chelsea to soak up her abstract state-of-the-city address.
Lee Ranaldo with Dither
August 5 at 7:30 pm, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, free
If you missed Glenn Branca’s recent performance at the Bang on a Can Marathon, here’s another chance to see what multiple guitars can do when they’re whipped into an orchestral frenzy. Dither, a local electric guitar quartet that has previously given the six-string (well, 24-string) treatment to the works of John Zorn, is now teaming up with Ranaldo to play his “Hurricane Transcriptions,” an orchestral piece based on wind howls recorded during Hurricane Sandy. Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the evening will also see Dither collaborating with Yo La Tengo, plus Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint” will be performed by Mark Stewart and an ensemble of 13 guitars and basses. Not bad for a free show.
(the) Thurston MoOre Baand
August 6 at 9 pm, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Lower East Side; tickets $17-20
We’ve already shared our excitement about Moore’s rare-these-days return to his former hometown. And yet despite our tout, there are still tix available. Jump on em while you still can.
Lee Ranaldo Solo
August 9 at 2 pm, Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY; free with Storm King admission
Consider this acoustic performance the comedown from Ranaldo’s collaboration with Dither. Yes, it’s upstate, but come on, you’ve been looking for an excuse to experience the sprawling sculpture garden that is Storm King (the wonderful Dia:Beacon is also nearby), and this free show is definitely the best way to get the most out of that $15 admission. This is part of Storm King’s Outdoor Concert Series, which welcomes Porches and Frankie Cosmos on June 28.