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Guillemots, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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Sonic Youth, Brixton Academy, London

A friend of mine once said that Sonic Youth - now almost in their fifties - are like a well-tuned classic car.

Sonic Youth, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Age shall not wither them

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