SOLD OUT - Thurston Moore Group, Rogue Squares (Carlos Giffoni + Elaine Carey), The Renderers-SOLD OUT
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Thurston Moore Group
Thurston Moore moved to NYC at eighteen in 1976 to play punk. He started Sonic Youth in 1980. Since then Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. With Sonic Youth, Moore turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n roll – from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. He has worked with Yoko Ono, John Zorn, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust, Glenn Branca and many others. His residency at the Louvre in Paris included collaborations with Irmin Schmidt of CAN. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974. Thurston also teaches music at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium) in Copenhagen.
Presently he performs and records solo, with various ensembles and in his own band, The Thurston Moore Group (with mbv’s Deb Googe, Steve Shelley & James Sedwards). In 2014, the band released The Best Day which critics described as “optimistic and sun-drenched in beauty” and “[has] experimental attitude dovetailed with instantly accessible pop melodies.” The Best Day was a record defined by positivity and radical love.
The Thurston Moore Group’s new full-length album, Rock n Roll Consciousness was recorded in The Church studios in London with producer Paul Epworth. The songs are expansive, anthemic and exploratory with lyrics that investigate and herald the love between angels, goddess mysticism and a belief in healing through new birth. Ranging from opener “Exalted”, an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy and exaltation, to “Cusp” a charging, propulsive piece with a feeling of Sonic Youth mixing in with My Bloody Valentine. “Turn On” is a pop-sonic poem to holy love both intimate and kosmiche to the contemplative mystery of life-defining time travel in “Smoke of Dreams”. The record concludes with “Aphrodite”, a strange and heavy no-wave rocker in salutation to the idol of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.
Described as deep, dark and psychedelic, the Renderers music ranges from wild and raging to dream-like and spooky, and features husband and wife Brian and Maryrose Crook with various lineups. The Crooks have supported such artists as Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan, with whom they played theatre shows as a duo; to Bonnie Prince Billy, who toured New Zealand with The Renderers as his backing band. In 1996, when the Crooks toured the US for the first time, they played a packed New York bar supporting Thurston Moore playing with his group Male Slut.
They have released nine albums on labels from both New Zealand (Flying Nun, Tinsel Ears) and the US (Ba Da Bing, Grapefruit, Meds, Siltbreeze, Last Visible Dog, Ajax Records, 3 Beads of Sweat and Merge,) and have played extensively in both countries.
“Rocket Into Nothing” review: Washington Post 2012 : “Part Velvets, part Mekons, part unalloyed, indescribable weirdness.”
“Monsters and Miasmas” Review: Thurston Moore, Bull Tongue. “dark, original and deep....”
Bonnie Prince Billy, 2011: “I had the supreme good fortune to collaborate with the Renderers, playing music up and down New Zealand. This was a rich and rewarding venture from which I continue to reap benefits of inspiration.”
In The Sodium Light, 2015 “apocalypse and dread”, Magnet Magazine, the best of 2016, Essential Music) “They invite you right inside the emotional engine room, giving an opportunity to witness their raga-psychedelic psychosis up close.”
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