It’s seems like eons since the heyday of Sonic Youth’s decibel-shattering resonance in No Wave New York. But the cool older brothers (and sister) of DIY experimental rock still cause us to ask ourselves if life imitates punk, or if it’s the other way around. The question remains despite the October 2011 breakup of indie-rock super couple and Sonic Youth co-founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon after 27 years together. With Sonic Youth on hold and a cathartic solo effort, Demolished Thoughts, behind him, Moore continues to assail guitar lines with his revamped but no-less-searing band Chelsea Light Moving. The foursome—featuring Moore on guitar and vocals, guitarist Keith Wood, drummer John Moloney, and multi-instrumentalist Samara Lubelski—describes itself in press materials as “not even music—it’s an amphetamine sonnet for the on-the-loose lovers of the world.” They’ll maul your eardrums, emotions, and expectations.
Chelsea Light Moving performs with Mario Fusinato at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$17. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.