Free Sonic Youth! Free Sonic Youth! Sonic Youth at Irving Plaza in 2001 was the first concert I ever went to. I was a very innocent 15. I went with my older brother and sister, and a drunk girl passed out in front of me. My only complaint about the show was everyone was just standing around instead of getting into it. All of those impressions seem hilariously funny now, and I’m excited that this FREE show tomorrow will be my first time seeing the tock and roll legends since. If you’ve never had a chance to catch them before now, this is a great opportunity!
The two openers are also extremely cool. Grass Widow is a group out of San Francisco who play fairly basic garage rock, but with frequent layered twists. They take classic bass lines and guitar riffs and turn them into something new. I’m really loving them. Check out the track below. Talk Normal, from Brooklyn, play dark-tinted drone rock. It’s very moody, and sort of makes my insides squirm, but in a good way. And it’s all free! And in the most beautiful park in New York!