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If intentionally underachieving, blasé, slacker indie rock is your thing, J Mascis is your guy. I don’t mean to say that the man Spin ranked 5th on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time doesn’t care about his art – quite the contrary. His croaky drone of a voice is, in its own weird way, quite expressive, and the dude shreds on 6 strings like no other. But if you expect this god of the indie-est of rock to put on a mind-blowing performance (as I unknowingly did), you are in for a world of disappointment. Continue reading →
Former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis brought out a packed room of enthusiastic fans as the featured artist for today’s Free At Noon concert. Mixing some of his older stuff like “Get Me,” which was sure to bring a reaction out of the bubbly crowd, he mixed in selections from this year’s Tied To A Star, including gnarly guitar solos accented with heavy distortion. Continue reading →
There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below. Continue reading →
J Mascis, frontman for Dinosaur Jr is releasing a new solo album. Tied To A Star, on August 25th, on Sub Pop Records. It’s his second solo album for the Seattle label, and features guest appearances from Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Continue reading →
More than 3 years after his amazing album Several Shades of Why, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis released his latest song “Every Morning” today. The album is a part of Mascis’s newest LP Tied to a Star. Last month, in a brief appearance on the Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers announced the album in passing. The casual album announcement mirrors the way the new song sounds. It carries Mascis’s trademark relaxed, front porch vibe. Guest performers include contributions from Cat Power, Mark Mulcahy, Pall Jenkins, and Ken Mairui. The new album will arrive August 26th via Sub Pop Records. Earlier this year, Mascis played guitar on local artist Strand of Oaks’ “Goshen ’97;” J. Mascis will be playing at World Cafe Live on September 25th. Get more information here and listen to “Every Morning” below.
Electric guitar wizard and Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo teamed up with one of his 80s alt-rock brethren – J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. – to cover the instrumental Fleetwood Mac number “Albatross,” a song originally recorded in 1969 and released during the Mac’s heady pre-Buckingham / Nicks era. You can stream their cover below, and compare it against a live BBC performance of the original from 1970. “Albatross” will appear on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, which will be released in August by Starbucks’ Hear Music label, and will also feature contributions from Best Coast, Marianne Faithful, The New Pornographers and Tame Impala. Lee Ranaldo Band will be joining us next week for the XPoNential Music Festival; they play the Jersey Arts Marina stage on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. You can pick up your tickets or passes here; early bird prices for the festival have been extended through July 11.
Dinosaur Jr. is going to perform its classic album Bug in its entirety at the Electric Factory on Friday, June 24th; tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon. Henry Rollins will also be interviewing the band on stage during the show. With a recent solo acoustic album out, J Mascis will be joining Dinosaur Jr. original members Lou Barlow and Emmett Murphy. Also on the bill is the band Off!, which includes original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross, Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes), and Dimitri Coats from Philly’s Burning Brides. Below, a video of the song “Freak Scene” from Bug.
J Mascis performs with Kurt Vile And The Violators at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $23-$43. Alexi Murdoch performs with Sam Amidon at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.
Also playing: The Sounds of Kaleidoscope + Ancient Creature, The Company Corvette at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Chris Forsyth And The Paranoid Cat Band (LP-release show) + D. Charles Speer, Pigeons, Vapour Theories (8 p.m., 21+, $8)
Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis is releasing a solo album called Several Shades Of Why on March 15th on Sub Pop Records. Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell contributes to the song “Is It Done” (which you can download below); the album also features appearances by Philly’s Kurt Vile and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene.
Mark your calendars, as J and Kurt are playing March 23rd at World Cafe Live.