• HeyReverb! Live Review: Sonic Youth @the Ogden – 10/04/10 – on a BRAND NEW Reverb site!

    by  • October 5, 2010 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

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    Sonic Youth provided a beautiful, otherworldly set heavy with tunes from last year's "The Eternal," as well as some older, immutable bits of genius last Monday night. (Photo: DenverThread.com)

    Sonic Youth provided a beautiful, otherworldly set heavy with tunes from last year's "The Eternal," as well as some older, immutable bits of genius last Monday night. (Photo: DenverThread.com)

    After last Monday night’s show at the Ogden Theater, I’m convinced that Sonic Youth are immortals – beings that refuse to age. What else explains their uncanny ability to remain constantly relevant, prescient – and continuously young – in the face of a culture hell bent on replication of the popular, and often the most vapid? Of course, we could agree that the members of this group of musicians – more a family than a band, really, after nearly 30 years -  are intuitive charlatans, well-versed in manipulation of guitar strings, effects, anti-rhythms and atonality, but also steeped in the pop ethos that breeds automatic acceptance – or intrinsic danceability.

    But then, you’d also have to explain short lives of other bands that sprung from that same NYC, post-post-punk, “no-wave” noise scene that attempted to espouse that same musical ethos. The truth is, Sonic Youth has proven they’re not only the only surviving band from that movement – but that they’re the most deserving.

    Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore add to the surreal feeling of Monday night's show with a more than appropriate soundtrack. (Photo: DenverThread.com)

    Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo and Mark Ibold add to the surreal feeling of Monday night's show with a more than appropriate soundtrack. (Photo: DenverThread.com)

    They’re the only band that mastered the ability to turn pop sensibility on its ear, wrestle it through dissonant filters, and still know how to present the outcome in an irresistibly accessible way, without giving up any of their D.I.Y., no-wave roots.

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