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Sonic Youth's Gordon, Moore in Chicago this week

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The future of Sonic Youth may be in doubt, but two sides of the iconic band will be in Chicago this week.

First, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon takes the stage on Tuesday -- but don't panic if you don't have tickets yet.

Gordon will join Chicago duo White/Light -- guitarist Matthew Hale Clark and keyboardist (and former Sonic Youth sound engineer) Jeremy Lemos -- for a free-form performance in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

The show begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. But, as the museum has done previously with events they suspect will fill the house, the tickets -- free to any Illinois resident with ID -- aren't available until 5 p.m., an hour before showtime. No cramped dialing finger or endless logons; you'll have to go old-school and get in line for this one.

(Sonic Youth fans likely will want to catch one of the MCA's current exhibits, too, "MCA DNA: John Cage," about the avant-garde composer, which ends its run March 31.)

Above I say "Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon," though that may no longer be accurate. Gordon and the band's co-founder, Thurston Moore, separated in 2011. The band's status has been hazy ever since.

"It's hard to say when the life of a band starts and stops," Gordon said in a recent interview, "but playing music together is an act of trust. When that's broken, it's impossible to continue."

Gordon has since concentrated on her visual art, created a clothing line and made a couple of experimental albums under the name Body/Head with guitarist Bill Nace.

Moore also has moved on with his own project, the less experimental rock quartet Chelsea Light Moving. That band blows into town this weekend for a show: 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Tickets (these you can get in advance) are $15. Lemos also opens this show by himself, plus the band CAVE.


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