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Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's marriage ended two years ago, taking Sonic Youth with it. Larry Ryan hears them and other members strike out on their own

Guillemots, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Here to preview their second album, Red, the band named after an obscure sea bird continue to beguile and baffle in equal measure. While it is birds of a feather that normally flock together, this more motley bunch find it hard to gel.

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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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Arts: New York Diary: Authentic artifice: accept no imitations

LOU REED played on Monday at a small, overheated club, proving himself yet again to be the un-Transformer - no evanescent stage personae for him, just rudimentary, unfeigned rock'n'roll. At 54, he rocked out with sound collages that conjure a pre-natal Sonic Youth - spare new songs delivered with tuneless passion. Unlike most ageing rock legends, Reed can still claim "to feel just like Jesus's son", and you take him at his word.

Music: Itching to turn the tables

You'll need two turntables, a sack of vinyl and a `highly evolved wrist action' before you can put yourself on the cutting edge of new music. Yet the art of scratch mixing, or `turntablism', has its roots in a place you'd never think to look.
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