Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
Wednesday, October 9
In the wake of Sonic Youth’s demise came the birth of several new projects from the legendary no wave band’s major players. Bassist Kim Gordon recently announced a new project called Body/Head, guitarist Thurston Moore’s new band Chelsea Light Moving is beginning to take off, and now Lee Ranaldo is taking his new band, the Dust on the road. Ranked one of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, Ranaldo has a melodic side—as demonstrated on Sonic Youth songs like “Hey Joni”—but he’s also not afraid to get weird with it. On solo albums like his 1987 debut From Here to Infinity the guitarist dove deep into amp feedback and stombox oblivion on slowly erupting tracks like “Time Stands Still” and “Destruction Site.” This week Lee Ranaldo and The Dust released a new cut from their upcoming album Last Night on Earth titled “Ambulancer,” which reconciles his melodic and far out styles with psychedelic melodies and screaming guitar solos. The Dust isn’t a comeback for Ranaldo though. The 57-year-old guitarist has been consistently releasing solo records for nearly three decades, from his aforementioned debut to his 2012 Matador Records release, Between the Times and the Tides. Last Night On Earth will be released one day before Lee Ranaldo and the Dust come to the Tralf Music Hall on Wednesday (Oct 9) so it should be a celebratory experience for the band and fans alike.
– cory perla
7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / tralfmusichall.com) $12 advance, $14 day of show
Below: “Ambulancer” by Lee Ranaldo and the Dust