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December 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Sonic Youth’s unsung hero Lee Ranaldo begins anew | Concert preview

Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo plays Seattle this Sunday with his new band, The Dust. Photo by Jake Netter.

Singer-songwriters don’t usually start careers in their mid-50s.

But Lee Ranaldo — a founding member of the late alternative-rock vanguard Sonic Youth — is no typical troubadour.

Often overshadowed by his iconic bandmates Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, the enigmatic Ranaldo was Sonic Youth’s George Harrison — as much a catalyst for open-hearted balladry as aggressive noise freakouts.

The double LP “Last Night on Earth” — his first with his new group, The Dust, which plays Seattle’s Barboza club Sunday — reconciles these split personalities.

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