Lee Ranaldo and the Dust w/Chris Scruggs

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Last time Lee Ranaldo played Nashville, a lot of people fucked up and didn’t go. Now they get a do-over. As guitarist for Sonic Youth, often in the shadows behind dominant ex-couple Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo was a great in the tradition of unsung indie-rock secret-weapon songwriters along the lines of Husker Du’s Grant Hart, Guided by Voices’ Tobin Sprout, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs ... the list goes on. Yet his contributions to Sonic Youth’s classic three-decade-spanning canon in “Eric’s Trip,” “Skip Tracer,” “Hey Joni,” “Wish Fulfillment” and “Pipeline/Kill Time” are essential to the band’s identity, as are the indelible noise-jangle guitar stylings he littered across the rest of the band’s mammoth catalog. Perhaps the sweetest silver lining in the sudden, unexpected Sonic Youth breakup was how it gave rise to Ranaldo’s full-fledged stab at a solo career. Although 2012’s stunning Between the Times and the Tides — Ranaldo’s first solo song-based effort of shimmering, old-school-R.E.M.-sounding rockers that featured contributions from Steve Shelly, Jim O’Rourke and Nels Cline — was actually written and recorded before Moore and Gordon divorced and the band went on hiatus, a commitment to the road means Ranaldo and his band, The Dust, have had plenty of gigs to hone these songs and their sonic nuances. Chris Scruggs opens.

—Adam Gold

Tue, Oct 22 | 8:00 PM
18 and over
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Lee Ranaldo and The Dust

New York NY  |  Alternative

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