Lee Ranaldo

The Cribs Enlist Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo for ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’

The Cribs and Lee Ranaldo are back together again, 13 years later. The indie rockers enlisted the Sonic Youth guitarist for their Monday-released track,…
Brenton Blanchet / September 21, 2020

Don’t Give Me Your Soul: The Oral History of Sonic Youth’s Goo

By 1990, Sonic Youth no longer belonged to the cool kids. Before Goo was released that June, they were a band you had to read…
Ron Hart / June 26, 2020

Lee Ranaldo Shares Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’

Earlier this year, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo released a collaborative new album with Raul Refree and also launched his own Bandcamp page where he shared…
SPIN Staff / May 13, 2020

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo Shares Three Rare Releases on Bandcamp

Lee Ranaldo is officially on Bandcamp. The Sonic Youth co-founder has uploaded three rare releases — DEMONS: MUSIC FOR STAGE AND SCREEN (a limited Switzerland…
Katrina Nattress / April 19, 2020

Lee Ranaldo and Raul Refree on Their New Album, Writing Lyrics with Jonathan Lethem and Archival Sonic Youth Projects

Lee Ranaldo, 64, is an elder statesman of American indie rock and experimental guitar, best known as a founding member of Sonic Youth. Raul Refree,…
Al Shipley / February 25, 2020

Lee Ranaldo’s 10 Best Albums

Lee Ranaldo spent three decades playing guitar in Sonic Youth, as well as playing something of a George Harrison role in the band: the third…
Al Shipley / February 21, 2020

Sonic Youth: Our 1985 Interview

This article originally appeared in the August 1985 issue of SPIN. The street is filled with broken Malta bottles. The building's doorway is…
Bryron Coley / July 21, 2019

Lee Ranaldo, Britt Daniel, Craig Finn, and More to Play Electoral Benefit Show in NYC

A newly announced benefit concert called Flip These Houses will feature performances by a number of indie rock luminaries, including Britt Daniel of Spoon, Lee…
Andy Cush / August 30, 2018

Video: Lee Ranaldo – “Uncle Skeleton”

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has released a spooky, sensual new visual for "Uncle Skeleton," off of his latest solo LP, Electric Trim. This is the third video Ranaldo has…
Arielle Gordon / October 24, 2017

Review: Lee Ranaldo’s Electric Trim Is Strange, Sprawling, and Occasionally Compelling

"Circular (Right as Rain)," the first single from Lee Ranaldo’s new album Electric Trim, was the platonic ideal of a solo song from a…
Andy Cush / September 15, 2017

Leonard Cohen Live Tribute Album Announced Featuring Lee Ranaldo, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Josh Ritter, and More

Brooklyn label Royal Potato Family is putting out a CD and vinyl release of a live Leonard Cohen tribute concert that occurred in January of this…
Winston Cook-Wilson / August 31, 2017

A Guide to the Most Anticipated 2017 Fall Releases

This fall, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Destroyer, and Protomartyr are just a few of the acts with hotly anticipated new releases. Find a preview of the season's most talked-about forthcoming…
SPIN Staff / August 30, 2017

Video: Lee Ranaldo – “New Thing” ft. Sharon Van Etten

Lee Ranaldo, the guy who used to conjure up whirlwinds of electrifying guitar noise in Sonic Youth, has a new solo album on the way.
Peter Helman, Stereogum / July 18, 2017

Lee Ranaldo Announces New Album Electric Trim Featuring Jonathan Lethem, Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline

On the heels of his old bandmate Thurston Moore's pretty-good Rock n Roll Consciousness, former Sonic Youth guitar wiz Lee Ranaldo has announced a solo album of…
Andy Cush / June 13, 2017

A New Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Will Feature Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, More

The latest tribute to Leonard Cohen, following up a star-powered show in San Francisco last month, is a benefit concert in Brooklyn on January 24th entitled…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 19, 2016
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