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Sonic Youth Celebrates 'Ripped' At CBGB

Sonic Youth kicked off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB last night (June 13), hours after the release of its new Geffen studio album, "Rather Ripped."

Sonic Youth kicked off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB last night (June 13), hours after the release of its new Geffen studio album, "Rather Ripped." Sonic Youth had not performed at the club since 1992.

With former Pavement bassist Mark Ibold filling the gap left by departed multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke, the band tore through "Rather Ripped" in its entirety. Kim Gordon quickly commanded the stage on "Reena," its lyric "You keep me coming home again" tailor-made for the adoring sold-out crowd.

Highlighted by "Sleeping Around," "What a Waste," and the Lee Ranaldo-sung "Rats," the set flew by in less than an hour. The group dusted off "Eric's Trip" from 1988's "Daydream Nation" for its first encore, followed by the Gordon-shrieked "Shaking Hell" from 1983's "Confusion is Sex/Kill Yr. Idols."

The show was filmed for potential release by a team directed by Braden King; footage may also wind up in a video for the new album's "Do You Believe in Rapture."

Sonic Youth now heads out for headlining dates through July 4 in Reno, Nev., after which it will open a host of West Coast shows for Pearl Jam. A run of dates with Flaming Lips kicks off Aug. 24 in St. Paul, Minn.