Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo to play benefit concerts for Japan

Last week we reported on musicians who were the first to lend assistance to victims of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then, as death tolls climb and concerns about radiation mount, even more musicians and folks in the industry are pitching in to aid recovery.

  • Sonic Youth is auctioning off a pair of vintage posters in addition to a pair of band-branded Vans.  All of the proceeds will go to ShelterboxUSA.org, which provides assistance such as shelter to the growing relocated homeless population in Japan.  The group will also be participating in the Concert to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief, which will take place at the Miller Theatre at NYC’s Columbia University on March 27th.  The event is to be hosted by John Zorn and will include appearances and performances by other well-known artists such as Mike Patton, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and more.  Again, all proceeds will be given to Japan.
  • Keith Richards is selling a limited edition tee to help the cause.
  • Yo La Tengo will be holding a benefit concert on March 23rd at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey.  All profits will go to benefit Peace Winds Japan.
  • In support of Japan, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA posted a new track for free download on Soundcloud.
  • The Universal Music Group is preparing a digital-only benefit album that will be released later this week.  Although the track list has not yet been announced, artists such as U2, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, and Nicki Minaj are expected to donate tracks.
  • Norah Jones will be headlining a benefit for Japan on April 8th at Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. Proceeds will go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
  • Warp Records, (home to Grizzly Bear, !!!, and Aphex Twin) is selling a special-edition t-shirt in order to raise money for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Aid Fund.

If you’re not able to catch one of these benefit concerts, get in on the action by picking up some of the charitable swag, or consider making a donation to one of the many organizations on the ground in Japan.