Sonic Youth Preparing To Release "A Thousand Leaves" As Tour Looms

As the band prepares for next week's release of its 14th album, "A Thousand Leaves," New York's avant noise rockers Sonic Youth are also preparing to mount a U.S. tour.

After a sprinkling of college gigs late last month, the band is gearing up for a month- plus tour that launches Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After wrapping up its tour, the band will return to Washington later this summer as part of the third annual Tibetan Freedom Concert on June 13.

The band will no doubt be busting out a healthy dose of the melodic experimentation it offers on "A Thousand Leaves." Offering a compromise between the accessibility of "Dirty" or "Goo" and strange new sounds of the band's recently self-released instrumental work, the new album serves up eleven pop-art selections: "Contre Le Sexisme," "Sunday," "Female Mechanic Now On Duty," "Wildflower Soul," "Hoarfrost," "French Tickler," "Hits of Sunshine (for Allen Ginsberg)," "Karen Koltrane," "The Ineffable Me," "Snare, Girl,"

and "Heather Angel."

Sonic Youth will bring the noise to the following locations:

  • 5/6 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 5/7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 5/9 - Rochester, NY @ RIT Arena
  • 5/10 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 5/11 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
  • 5/12 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 5/13 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
  • 5/14 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
  • 5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
  • 5/17 - St. Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Theater
  • 5/19 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
  • 5/21 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 5/22 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
  • 5/23 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
  • 5/25 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 5/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 5/27 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 5/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 5/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 6/3 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy
  • 6/4 - Raleigh, NC @ Ritz
  • 6/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

  • 6/6 - Boston, MA @ TBA
  • 6/7 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 6/8 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 6/9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza