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Sonic Youth Founder Lined Up for SD Music Thing

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    Kim Gordon performs live at A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets during the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1, 2013, in New York City.

    During the past six years, the San Diego Music Thing has become one of the most anticipated music-themed events in town. Typically spread out over two nights, the annual event is a music-lover's buffet that morphs San Diego into a SxSW-like festival populated by the best (and rest) of our local musicians.

    There's always some non-local spice added to the mix. This year's Music thing, which will take place on Sept. 13-14, will also feature performances by visiting bands like Ra Ra Riot, Titus Andronicus, Girl in a Coma and Weekend.


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    As always, the daytime portion of the San Diego Music Thing will cater to musicians themselves, with special guest panels devoted to giving up-and-comers insights into the music industry. Previous speakers have included Chuck D of Public Enemy and Wayne Kramer of MC5. This year, the featured speakers are Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Mike Herrera of MxPx.

    Kim Gordon has been spending plenty of time in the spotlight lately. She was recently the subject of an Elle magazine feature in which she divulged the details of her breakup with fellow Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. And just this last weekend, Gordon appeared alongside Carrie Brownstein, J Mascis and Aimee Mann on SNL to bid farewell to Fred Armisen.

    In recent years, the panels have always been held at the Lafayette Hotel, but this time they'll move to the Sheraton in Mission Valley. Nighttime shows will be held at various venues throughout the city, including Bar Pink, the Birch North Park Theatre, the Griffin, the Irenic and Seven Grand.

    Registration for SDMT is now open.

    SoundDiego associate editor Chris Maroulakos is also the managing editor of the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.