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Roxie Theater: Noise Pop Festival 2020 Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Includes Q&A with Lance Bangs after the screening.

Sonic Youth released their sixth album Daydream Nation on October 18, 1988. The album was an immediate critical success. Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone that it “presents the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience”.

Lance Bangs’s new Sonic Youth concert film “Daydream Nation” presents the band performing the titular double album in Glasgow on August 21st and 22, 2007. Bangs blends HD footage shot in Glasgow with fragments of personal Super8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth over the decades.

Sonic Youth performed “Daydream Nation” in its entirety less than 20 times during a 2007 tour, often at festivals or outdoor venues. This document captures one of the few indoor club performances; a setting SY member Thurston Moore always claimed was the type of venue for which the songs were written.

“Daydream Nation” the film features multitrack audio of this material with a fidelity beyond any 1980’s documents, and offers a performance of this material by musicians who are simply more experienced and more adept with their instruments. The joy of the band and the audience are a sight to behold; the band and the fans joined together in celebration of this landmark album.

Directed by Lance Bangs, 2018. DCP.


February 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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