Kim Gordon’s had both feet in the art world for her entire career, and she has shown no signs of slowing down. Known primarily for her work in Sonic Youth, she’s also been busy in visual arts and fashion along the way, but her focus has swung back to music with the new Body/Head record The Switch, created with her guitar sparring partner Bill Nace. This is not pop music, and aside from wry observations on certain aspects of that world, the music she’s been creating has always bristled with a spiky playfulness and willingness to push boundaries. Tonight the duo stood on a fairly empty stage with projected images behind them, creating waves of distorted guitar and soft clouds of ambient noise scattered with occasional sonic bombs. Steve Gunn also has a relatively new record out, and also played in duo format. The work with drummer John Truscinski is a far bit away from his solo work, with a much more improvisational feel, largely fueled by the liquid patterns of Truscinski and the jagged runs and sound manipulations of Gunn. Solid night of uncompromising sound.
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