This week in Sonic Youth offshoot news is the debut Philadelphia of Body / Head, Kim Gordon’s new dueling-guitar project with Bill Nace of Vampire Belt. The band is coming to Philly on March 8 for an appearance at Space 1026 – the Chinatown art gallery / performance space where Thurston Moore played last fall before having his guitar stolen.
With this new band, Gordon and Nace dabble in long-form, expressionistic guitar playing that ebbs and flows in ambient textures, turns unexpectedly violent with aggressive feedback, then recedes back into drone, with Gordon adding her trademark spoken-sung vocals. Think of her song “Contre Le Sexisme” from Sonic Youth’s vastly underrated 1998 album A Thousand Leaves, or the early hit (is “hit” the right word?) “Making the Nature Scene.” Live, Body / Head compliments their show with projected visuals (which you can see in the video below), meaning the crowd at Space 1026 next month is in for a multi-sensory experience. More information on the show can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar.
Also: Moore’s new band Chelsea Light Moving plays Union Transfer on April 6, while Lee Ranaldo was just here performing the music of John Cage at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Steve Shelly, we’re waiting on you, dude.