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Sonic Youth at Knitting Factory

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If you look through bands' Myspace bios, you're going to see several of them who list Sonic Youth as an influence. To those of us who saw them live at the Knitting Factory in July, it was obvious why. After 30 years of playing together, Sonic Youth are as strong, as powerful and as musical as they were when they dragged screwdrivers and dowels across their guitar strings and started using alternate tunings and became an integral part of the art scene in New York City. One BW staffer refers to their music as an aural equivalent of the way she has lived her life, a kind of controlled chaos. We feel that kind of describes the whole atmosphere at BW. Now turn the volume up. We still have work to do.

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