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Alex Bleeker Reviews The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows

Last weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played a series of farewell shows with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia. Alex Bleeker, who has covered the Dead with his bands Real Estate and the Freaks, was in attendance all three nights. We asked him to share hisMore »

By: Alex Bleeker / July 8, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – “Blackt Out” Video

Since the end of Sonic Youth, guitarist Lee Ranaldo put together his new band the Dust (which features Alan Licht and SY drummer Steve Shelley) and released their album Last Night On Earth. That LP closed with “Blackt Out,” an epic 12-minute guitar workout for which Fred Riedel has now directed a video. In additio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 19, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – “Late Descent #2″ Video

Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth have been given more of a spotlight with their latest project and “Late Descent #2″ is a great example of how top-notch Ranaldo’s songwriting has always been. The song is built around harpsichord, acoustic guitar, and Ranaldo’s voice, while the video focuses on him in some intimate,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 8, 2014 - 11:27 am

Watch Lee Ranaldo And The Dust Play Conan

In the Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon breakup, neither one got custody of Lee Ranaldo or Steve Shelly. Instead, Ranaldo and Shelly, the two former Sonic Youth bandmates, got custody of each other. Shelly plays drums in Ranaldo’s new band Lee Ranaldo And The Dust, and they just released Last Night On Earth, their debut album a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 9:24 am

Watch “Lee Ranaldo Wants To Teach You Guitar”

Throughout his three decades with Sonic Youth and as a solo act, Lee Ranaldo has discovered countless ways to wring noise out of his guitar. Fortunately for aspiring avant guitarists in major metro areas, Ranaldo is the sharing type. In October, he hosted a guitar clinic at New York record store Other Music; a second… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 5, 2013 - 10:53 am

Lee Ranaldo Wants To Teach You Guitar

Dan Smith Wants To Teach You Guitar is sort of an NYC living meme. The long-running street advertisements for real-life dude Dan Smith posing with his axe a mental mainstay for anyone whose lived there long enough and has been parodied a considerable amount, including back in 2010 by The Daily Show. Now indie rock… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 11, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – “Ambulancer”

In the midst of all the focus on what Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore are doing in the wake of Sonic Youth’s demise, it’s easy to forget that Lee Ranaldo was just as vital a member of Sonic Youth. I mean this is the guy who wrote “Hey Joni,” “Hoarfrost,” and “Mote” — three of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 27, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust – “Lecce, Leaving”

Lee Ranaldo, who I guess we’re going to have to start referring to as “former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo,” was the first SY member to go back to the solo-album well after the band’s apparent implosion; he released Between The Time And The Tides last year. And now, Ranaldo’s got a new band, Lee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013 - 11:41 am

Watch Dinosaur Jr. Perform With Johnny Marr, Frank Black, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Tommy Stinson, & More In NYC

On Saturday night, Dinosaur Jr. played a big show at New York’s Terminal 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album You’re Living All Over Me. They started out the show by playing the album in full, and then they went on to play another set full of special guests. Johnny Marr sat i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Jeff Mangum, Guy Picciotto, Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo Join Forces For Occupy Wall St. Variety Show And Telethon

Telethons, as grand as their causes often are, have a justly earned reputation as endlessly boring televised sadness-holes. But an upcoming web-based telethon from Strike Debt, an Occupy Movement-affiliated nonprofit that works against soul-crushing personal debt, aims to change that. On 11/15, the organization will throw the People’s Bailout, a fundraising event at New York’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Lee Ranaldo Band Feat. J Mascis – “Albatross” (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

The latest track to emerge from the star-studded Fleetwood Mac tribute Just Tell Me That You Want Me is Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis’s take on the instrumental “Albatross,” a cover that recasts the original in a cloud of buzzing electric guitars. Hear it at Soundcloud. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 9, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Lee Ranaldo – “Angles” Video

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo released his solo album Between The Times And The Tides last week, and we’ve already posted his video for “Off The Wall.” Ranaldo’s wife Leah Singer directed his new video for “Angles,” in which Ranaldo swings a guitar around a New York alleyway. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Stream Lee Ranaldo Between The Times And The Tides

For the time being, Lee Ranaldo is still a member of Sonic Youth, though god knows how long that’ll last. Rumor has it that they’ll play their last-ever show at this summer’s Lollapalooza. We’ll see. In the meantime, Ranaldo has a solo album called Between The Times And The Tides coming out soon. It feature… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2012 - 10:24 am

Lee Ranaldo – “Off The Wall” Video

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo is prepping a solo LP called Between the Tides and the Times, and last month we talked about that release’s lead single, “Off The Wall.” The track now has a video which marries live performance footage (in this case, footage from Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery shot by Patrick Suddath and Pantophobia)… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Lee Ranaldo – “Off The Wall”

A word on naming your songs: Generally speaking, a song title like “Off The Wall” (or “Thriller,” for that matter) should be way off-limits for those releasing their first proper “singer-songwriter” album. And generally speaking, those releasing their first proper “singer-songwriter” aren’t building off of the Immaculate Credential of a career playing in Sonic Youth! More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 13, 2012 - 9:47 am

Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

The Cribs Do “Be Safe” With Lee Ranaldo, Cover Replacements Without Him

All in Brooklyn. This past Thursday, Lee Ranaldo joined UK buzzers the Cribs onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, recreating his King Missile contribution to “Be Safe.” He’d tried to collaborate with the lads on the song last summer at the Mercury Lounge before illness struck, but this was the first time the band… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2008 - 9:46 am