Sonic Youth

the best alternative rock albums of the '90s

91 Essential Alternative Rock Albums of the ’90s

An overview of a decade of underground music invading the mainstream


Best New Releases, August 18: Fiddlehead, Sonic Youth, and more

Plus Panda Bear and Sonic Boom, Mick Jenkins, Horrendous Draag Me, Spirit Adrift and Boris

Sonic Youth live in Brooklyn 2011 review

Sonic Youth : Live in Brooklyn 2011

The band’s final U.S. show is preserved, offering a chance to revisit their final bow

Sonic Youth live in Brooklyn 2011 review

Sonic Youth announce Live in Brooklyn 2011, documenting their final New York live performance

Hear “”Intro>Brave Men Run (In My Family)>Death Valley ’69”

Treble 100 All-Time Favorite Albums

Introducing Treble 100: A Series on Our All-Time Favorite Albums

We’re launching an ongoing series on our 100 favorite albums of all time

31 bands that should be in the rock and roll hall of fame

31 Bands that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Let’s just get this out of the way: Awards and ceremonies are a dubious measure…

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The 150 Best Albums of the 1980s

A look back at one of the greatest decades of musical innovation.

Sonic Youth Sister Evol Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising, EVOL, and Sister: Sonic Youth’s dark American trilogy

The group’s mid-’80s trio of records was a massive breakthrough as well as a period of fixation on a dark American myth

Sonic Youth Dirty era live albums

Sonic Youth releases two archival live albums for 30th anniversary of Dirty

Hear two newly released live sets from 1992 and 1993

In the Fishtank Albums guide

A guide to the In the Fishtank album series

A look back at the singular EP series that often featured inspired collaborations

Sonic Youth live kyiv

Sonic Youth releases 1989 live album to benefit Ukraine

Hear ‘Live in Kyiv, Ukraine’ right now

Sonic Youth In/Out/In review

Sonic Youth : In/Out/In

A loose set of recordings from 2000-2010 that find Sonic Youth embracing a kind of looseness and freedom

Sonic Youth major label debuts

10 Essential Major Label Debuts from Indie Artists

10 times when more resources and left-field talent resulted in something great.

Sonic Youth live archive

Sonic Youth post historical concert recordings on Bandcamp

Hear live selections from throughout the band’s history.

Kim Gordon solo album No Home Record

Kim Gordon announces solo debut, No Home Record

Hear new single “Sketch Artist.”

Top 100 post-punk albums

The Top 100 Post-Punk Albums

100 albums that transformed punk into a dark, experimental art form.

favorite albums of all-time Sonic Youth Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth built a more inclusive musical world on Daydream Nation

The album that turned Sonic Youth from lo-fi avant-gardists to something bigger.

Flip These houses benefit concert

Members of Sonic Youth, Spoon, The Hold Steady to perform at “Flip These Houses” benefit

Plus Lenny Kaye, Amy Rigby, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and more.