Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. play Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton on Wednesday, November 28th

The original line-up of one of indie rock's seminal bands is back with a new album called I Bet On Sky, and yes, they are just as good as you remember.

Dinosaur Jr. is now widely recognized as one of the most significant American rock bands of all time; the sound they pioneered in the late-80s having permeated through the past 20 years. Preceding Nirvana by several years, they were instrumental in bringing the crashing sounds of lead guitar back to indie rock. It wasn't just their signature metallic haze that made an impression on listeners; their effects-laden guitars were wrapped around some of the best songwriting of the decade. The first three albums -- Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me and Bug -- were cult masterpieces and when the original line up of Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph re-formed in 2005 for select live dates it was apparent that the years apart had not eroded any of their vitality. In fact, many critics claimed their shows were even better than they used to be. It was natural, then, that the band would begin to work on new material.


If you were a Dinosaur Jr. fan the first time around, it still seems amazing, three albums into their fantastic post-2005 reunion run, that they're together at all.  At this point, though, the stories about bickering and drama aren't as interesting as the fact that the new albums-- 2007's Beyond, 2009's Farm, and now I Bet on Sky-- are all essential Dinosaur Jr. It takes a certain kind of group to reunite and create vital music and J, Lou, and Murph are up to the task. This is the sound of one of America's greatest living rock bands hitting their stride.

Opening the show is Ecstatic Peace's Hush Arbors, whose Keith Wood has played with Six Organs of Admittance, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Current 93, and Thurston Moore.

Tickets are $25 at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at Showtime is 8PM.

A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit The Common School in Amherst. 


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