Last month, the indie music world was rocked by the news that Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were separating after nearly three decades of marriage. Even though Moore and Gordon were splitting, the pair promised that Sonic Youth's South American trek would continue as scheduled, but "plans beyond that tour are uncertain." Given this cloudy forecast for the future of one of indie rock's most beloved and long-running bands, Sonic Youth's gig yesterday at Brazil's SWU Festival may very well be their last performance together.
It's sad that Sonic Youth's final show together was a festival gig, which means they had to operate with a shortened set and time constraints, but they at least delivered a setlist that spanned their entire catalog, from Bad Moon Rising's "Brave Men Run (In My Family)" and "Death Valley '69" to "Sacred Trickster" and "Calming the Snake" off their most recent (and possibly last) album The Eternal. Let the music history books show that, if this was the last time Sonic Youth performed together, the band went out playing their most resonating song as an encore, "Teenage Riot."
The group isn't merely sitting around while deciding what's next: Thurston Moore has already announced a 2012 solo jaunt, and Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo have both booked time with their side projects.
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