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    Thurston Moore needs little introduction. A key member of one of the most important bands of the last thirty years, Sonic Youth, this will be Moores first appearance in Belfast for over 23 years.

    Sonic Youth were a nexus of realities: an imperishable punk rock institution with close ties to the fine art world, dissonant noisemakers who've appeared in animated form on The Simpsons, the scene-emperors who were the hub connecting Neil Young, Chlöe Sevigny, Chuck D, Sleater-Kinney and Mike Kelley. Anchored by three deeply unconventional singer-songwriters — Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo — they've cranked out a string of adventurous, dissonant records since 1982, constantly pushing forward into new territory. They were there for the Eighties punk revolution, the Nineties alternative-rock breakthrough and the 2000s musical diaspora, and they've long since become the godfathers of the underground.

    Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore collaborated with artists including DJ Spooky and Nels Cline, wrote music reviews and other pieces for Arthur magazine, and issued a book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, in 2005. His second song-based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, arrived in 2007, while Demolished Thoughts appeared last year. Moore was also ranked 34th in Rolling Stone's 2004 edition of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.".

    For this show Moore teams up with frequent on-stage collaborator John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) and having released the experimental "Caught on Tape" album in 2012, the duo now take this project out on the road. Moore’s work has spanned the punk rock, avant-garde singer-songwriter and drone-y noise genres over the years and this latest work falls heavily into the latter to the delight of psychedelic distortion fans.

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