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Sonic Youth Will Come to Institute

By Garlen C. Leung

Sonic Youth will kick off this year's Spring Weekend with a concert on Saturday, April 22 in the Johnson Athletic Center.

The Student Center Committee, which organizes the annual concert, expects the band to sign the contract soon, according to Jonathan A. Allen '96, SCC concert chair.

Sonic Youth is a "noisy, thrashy band with a grunge' sound," said Christopher S. Schnyer '96.

"I was pretty excited because I like their earlier experimental and noisier stuff," said Russell A. Newman '96. "They're an influential and significant band."

"We're not sure of an opening act. We're still working on that," Allen said.

The Boston-born band Morphine has declined an invitation to be the opening band, Allen said. The choice of who will open the concert "is still up in the air," Allen said, though Sonic Youth will probably suggest a band.

Indigo Girls, others declined

Before Sonic Youth accepted the invitation to play, SCC had tried to contact Ministry and Offspring, but both groups were on tour outside of the United States, Allen said.

SCC approached the Indigo Girls next, Allen said. Although MIT "had a higher bid and a bigger venue," the group chose to play at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he said. Skidmore "was one of the original Seven Sisters' schools, and [the group] found that [Skidmore] was more representative of women's rights and issues."

Sonic Youth will cost SCC "a little more" than last year's band did, Allen said. SCC paid $10,000 for last year's spring concert featuring the group Belly.

Allen said preliminary ticket prices will be $10 for MIT students in advance and $12 at the door, the same prices as last year.

"We're expecting [the concert] to be sold out," Allen said. About 2,000 people attended last year's concert.

It will be "interesting to see the turnout," Allen said. "It should be a really interesting concert. [Sonic Youth] puts on a great live show."

Other Spring Weekend events include Alpha Tau Omega's casino night and the Women's Independent Living Group's Mr. Spring Weekend competition.

Students split on choice

While some students interviewed last night did not care for Sonic Youth too much, others were very excited about the group coming to MIT.

"I don't know anything about them," said Jennifer L. Tsuei '95.

Matthew R. Conway G agreed. "I may have heard their music, but I don't know the name," Conway said.

Eric L. Durieux '95 said, "I actually haven't been to a Spring Concert before. This is the first year that I like the group."

"I think it's great. It's a nice change from the Belly and They Might Be Giants sound," said Jennifer L. Stinn G. They Might Be Giants played at the 1993 Spring Concert. Sonic Youth "appeals to a whole different group of people," Stinn said.

Past spring concert performers have included the Violent Femmes, Jesus Jones, Squeeze, and R.E.M.