Photo by Vera Marmelo


Thurston Moore Group

July 12
7:30 p.m.
Experimental, Indie Rock, Rock

Rock n Roll Consciousness is Thurston Moore’s second album with his current quartet, which includes Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Nought guitarist James Sedwards, and My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe. Moore, of course, spent some three decades with Sonic Youth, whose iconoclastic, arty experimentation carried rock ’n’ roll spirit into the avant-garde ether. The guitarist/singer’s current Consciousness isn’t new in that context, but it still feels invigorating, revelatory, even revolutionary. Over five sprawling tunes, Moore and company expand imaginations with profoundly textured adventures that juxtapose dissonance, lyricism, noise, drone-like menace, and elegant, flowing leads from Sedwards, who also rockets into Hendrix’s psychedelic stratosphere on “Aphrodite.” The album has a conspiratorial undertone; Moore’s deadpan voice, surreal instrumental flurries, and mystical musings about goddesses, spell weavers (lyrics by poet Radio Radieux), and ghosts (Moore’s paean to New York City) suggest origins in some art-rock Middle Earth, where enchanted love and blissful cacophony reign.