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Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom (December 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On December 3 legendary rockers Dinosaur Jr. packed out Bowery Ballroom for the first of an insane seven night run of sold out shows in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Dinosaur. The show featured them playing the album from front to back, and then a set of favorites from throughout their impressive career.

The performance featured many surprises, and it started early with Henry Rollins introducing the band comfortably from the VIP section of the 2nd balcony. After hearing the album the group dove into some deep cuts and classics, bringing out a few guests, all of which were here in town the previous night for the Ground Control Touring celebration at Webster Hall. Kurt Vile came out for “Crumble” as well as a cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer,” Steve Gunn helped out on “Yeah We Know, Eleanor Friedberger helped sing on “Get Me,” and Kim Gordon gave an epic performance joining them for “Don’t,” which saw her getting up close and personal with the crowd. It was great.

It was truly a celebration of everything Dinosaur Jr. It was hard to believe that there would be six more shows of this, but after 30 years of being a band, that was nothing.

Find some shots from their performance posted below.
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Dinosaur Jr. at 4Knots Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Dinosaur Jr.
were the headliner at the 4Knots Music Festival this year and filled the role with all the levels of prestige that you would come to expect. By the time they took the stage, the crowd had reached its peak, completely filling up the South Street Seaport of every space that it had to offer.

The band offered a sharp set of all their classic songs, which included their always welcome cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Their performance was a reminder of why rock and roll will always live on. Seeing three older guys put their all on the stage for us, rocking just as hard as they did in their glory days, is always something to treasure.

They don’t make them quite like Dinosaur Jr. anymore, but hey, we are lucky enough to still have them around.
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[new]: Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2012

Dinosaur Jr. is back with a new single titled “Watch The Corners”. It’s off their new album I Bet On Sky.

It’s a call-back to the great indie rock bands of the 80s/90s that just aren’t around these days. Guitar riffs like these are something the world could use more of. Stream the song over at Rolling Stone, who have the exclusive premiere. I Bet On Sky comes out September 18 via Jagjaguwar.

Hit the jump to find tour dates as well as the album art/tracklist.
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[NEW] Dinosaur Jr. – I Want You To Know

By Will Oliver, April 30th 2009 — with 2 comments

Dinosaur Jr. are still rocking out. They are still making great music and trippy album covers. They are about to release their new album ‘Farm’ on June 23rd. Check out the album art:

Gotta love it! The band has given us our first real taste of the album via the song ‘I Want You To Know’. It is really cool to hear 80’s/90’s rock music in 2009. This is a great, great track. But what else would you expect from Dinosaur Jr.?

[mp3] : Dinosaur Jr. – I Want You To Know

Writer – “Neighborly”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2016

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Brooklyn’s very own Writer is comprised of brothers James and Andy Ralph. They’re currently gearing up the release of their sophomore album Principle Web on April 8th via Small Plates Records.

For this record the brotherly duo is expanded to a trio with the help of multi-instrumentalist Joshua Greco. This creates results such as the rich single “Neighborly” a gloriously fuzzy rocker taken from the album. It captures that garage-rock feel of 90s acts such as Dinosaur Jr. while also looking ahead towards the future.

Find a stream of “Neighborly” below, and pre-order the album on black or white vinyl here. They’ll also stop in to NYC for a performance at Berlin on Saturday, April 9. Grab tickets for the performance right here.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016

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I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.

40. Ryan Adams at Governors Ball

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39. Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9)

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38. Diarrhea Planet at Bowery Ballroom (April 4)

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37. Tallest Man On Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 2)

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36. FFS at Terminal 5 (October 6)

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35. Kishi Bashi at The McKittrick Hotel (November 4)

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34. Alvvays at Bowery Ballroom (April 2)

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33. My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball

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32. Dr. Dog at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 10)

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31. The Growlers at Baby’s All Right (March 7)

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30. Panda Bear @ MOMA PS1 (Janaury 11)

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29. Savages at Mercury Lounge (January 21)

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28. Tobias Jesso Jr at Baby’s All Right (March 27)

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27. Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

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26. Kendrick Lamar @ Terminal 5 (November 2)

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25. U2 at Madison Square Garden (July 19)

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24. Ben Folds at Bowery Ballroom (April 27)

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23. Spoon @ Kings Theatre (June 16)

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22. Modest Mouse @ Webster Hall (March 19)

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21. Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (October 7)

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20. Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18)

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19. Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom (February 14)

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18. Death Cab For Cutie at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 28)

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17. Florence + The Machine at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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16. Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom (December 3)

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15. Bjork at Carnegie Hall (March 14)

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14. My Morning Jacket at The Beacon (November 25)

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13. Blur at Madison Square Garden (October 23)

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12. El Vy @ Bowery Ballroom (November 13)

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11. Sufjan Stevens @ The Beacon Theatre (April 11)

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10. Muse at Webster Hall (May 8)

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9. Joanna Newsom at The Apollo Theater(December 11)

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8. Sufjan Stevens at Loew’s Jersey Theatre (October 31)

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7. Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom (May 19)

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6. The Arcs @ Housing Works (9/9)

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5. Leon Bridges at Mercury Lounge (February 17)

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4. Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3)

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3. Beach House @ Baby’s All Right (August 27)

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2. Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel (December 16)

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1. Blur at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 1)

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J Mascis at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 26th 2015

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When not keeping busy making ear drums ring with Dinosaur Jr., frontman J Mascis keeps busy with solo records of his own.

Last year he released his most recent solo album Tied to a Star via Sub Pop. Even with the solo material, his short but efficient set featured Dinosaur Jr. songs such as “Little Fury Things,” as well as special covers such as Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” and The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”

Find some more photos from his Newport performance posted below.
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