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Hold That Tiger is an official bootleg documenting a Sonic Youth live show in Chicago on October 14, 1987. It has the same lo-fi sound as Television's The Blow Up, but lacks the spirit of those performances. Sonic Youth is on safe ground here, not indulging themselves in the guitar freakouts that they frequently showcase during their live sets. Most of the set list from this show comes from Sister and EVOL, while the encore shows Sonic Youth appropriately mauling four songs from the Ramones' first album.


Formed: 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde,...
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