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Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth performs at ATP 2010.
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Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth performs at ATP 2010.
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Concerts

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs at ATP 2010

September 10, 2010 Hear a full set of the band's best-loved early material, with nothing beyond Daydream Nation.

July 7, 2009 Hear the groundbreaking art-rock band in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

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June 15, 2006 Hear the trio, on tour with Rather Ripped, recorded live at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

Studio Sessions

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October 5, 2011 The Sonic Youth frontman discusses his new, Beck-produced solo album, and performs live on KCRW.

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August 21, 2006 The group has cemented its legacy as one of the most important and inventive acts of its era.

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Interviews & Profiles

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June 13, 2008 David Browne's new Sonic Youth biography explores the avant-garde rock band's career.

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June 12, 2006 Its members have stayed true to their roots in the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s.

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Discover Songs

The Slits' Ari Up, who died on Oct. 20, was a true rock 'n' roll pioneer.

January 11, 2011 WNPR's Anthony Fantano pays tribute to the singer with a 56-song mix of music by bands she inspired.

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August 13, 2009 "Malibu Gas Station" is almost certainly the greatest rock opus ever written about Britney Spears.

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July 7, 2009 Hear the groundbreaking art-rock band in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

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Reviews

Iggy and the Stooges performed 'Raw Power' at ATP 2010.

September 7, 2010 Kutsher's surreal setting perfectly set the atmosphere for a unique concert-going experience.

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August 13, 2009 "Malibu Gas Station" is almost certainly the greatest rock opus ever written about Britney Spears.

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December 12, 2006 Destroyed Room is a collection of previously unreleased tracks and B-sides.

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More Stories

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore (left) jams with drummer John Moloney, Ariel Pink and friends aboard the Station To Station train.

September 9, 2013 Watch the inaugural performance from multimedia artist Doug Aitken's Station To Station project.

Had to dig into into the Internet's archive for a photo of Sonic Youth featuring Jim O'Rourke (far right). He plays bass in "Out and In," originally recorded in 2000.

June 17, 2011 Hear Sonic Youth's 12-minute noise-rock contribution to Three Lobed's 10-year anniversary box set.

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NPR Artist Directory

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Spoon

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

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Daydream Nation

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Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities

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The Eternal

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  • Released: 2009
 

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