Monday night in Copenhagen, the difficult choice looming over the heads of all lovers of alternative guitar music was forked between an audience with cacophonous guitar rock royalty Mr. Thurston Moore and the resurrection from the grave of dreamy, opiate induced, stoner-/country-/pop-rockers Mazzy Star. After much deliberation, we opted for the former and went to see Moore in concert with his new band Chelsey Light Moving. No regrets. It was the safe bet.
When Thurston and the band had entered the stage and picked up their instruments, some guy, possibly wishing to demonstrate his familiarity with Thurston's other day job, bellowed out SUGAR KANE! to which Thurston swiftly replied I'm sorry, we don't take requests tonight. The audience laughed, and serving up a potent mix of acoustic and plugged in tunes interspersed with anecdotes, jokes and even a quick Q&A with the audience when he broke two strings in the middle of a guitar climax and had to fill in the time waiting for the crew to fix it, the man proceeded to demonstrate that he's done more than enough music outside of Sonic Youth to fill up a one-and-a-half-hour long time slot and keep it interesting. We, at least, had a ball.