June 02, 2009 13:45 ET

Sonic Youth World Premiere Their New Album on iLike

Fans Invited to Play "The Sonic Youth Trickster Challenge" Only on iLike

SEATTLE, WA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Beginning today (June 2, 2009), rock pioneers Sonic Youth will world-premiere their not-yet-released album, "The Eternal," exclusively on iLike, the leading social music discovery service. The exclusive, one-week iLike listening event will culminate with the June 9 retail release of "The Eternal" on Matador Records.

To celebrate the upcoming album release, "The Sonic Youth Trickster Challenge," an interactive online game, also launched today -- only on iLike. Fans are invited to learn more and play at:

"This album is a celebration of newfound freedom," said Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. "Releasing this album with our friends at Matador feels like liberation which inspired us during the recording process. Debuting it on iLike, free from industry constraints, also fit this theme."

Abandoning the standard routine of writing and rehearsing a cycle of songs in one time period, Sonic Youth changed tactics and would compose several tracks in one weekend and record them the following weekend. The twelve tracks that resulted from this new approach are a dynamic display of Sonic Youth touchstones: From the primal no wave attack of their earliest days, to the radical chording and song structures of the band's 90s period, to the more focused and contemporary explorations of the last five years.

iLike will syndicate Sonic Youth's album stream across, iLike's dominant Facebook® music app, plus other leading social networks and online platforms including the iLike Sidebar for iTunes ( To learn more about iLike's free content syndication tool for artists, go to:

To listen to Sonic Youth's new album in full and free of charge, visit their iLike artist page beginning today (June 2, 2009) at: To learn more about and play "The Sonic Youth Trickster Challenge," go to

Sonic Youth's North American Tour

Sonic Youth will begin an extensive tour of North America on June 27. Dates follow:

June 27th - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
June 28th - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
June 29th - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
June 30th - Toronto - Massey Hall
July 2nd - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
July 3rd - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
July 6th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
July 7th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
July 8th - Richmond, VA - The National
July 10th - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
July 11th - Nashville, TN - War Memorial
July 12th - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
July 13th - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
July 15th - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
July 16th - Tulsa, OK - Cain's
July 17th - St Louis, MO - Live on Levee
July 18th - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
July 20th - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
July 21st - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
July 23rd - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
July 24th - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
July 25th - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
July 28th - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
July 30th - Salt Lake, UT - Twilight Concert Series
July 31st - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
August 2nd - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

To learn more and purchase concert tickets, go to

For more information about Sonic Youth, go to

For more information about Matador Records, go to

About iLike, inc

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