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Dinosaur Jr. at 4Knots Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2014

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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

J Mascis – Wide Awake (Feat. Cat Power)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

J Mascis - Tied To A Star

Last week Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released his new album Tied To A Star via Sub Pop. One of the album highlights is “Wide Awake,” a love-sick duet with Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.

It features a sensitive sounding Mascis who sings over a gently finger picked acoustic guitar. Marshall’s vocals come in and the two delight in an entrancing fashion showing all kinds of emotional vulnerability. I never would have seen this collaboration coming, but I’m very glad that it exists.

Stream “Wide Awake” below.
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J Mascis – Every Morning

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2014

J Mascis - Tied To A Star
Later this summer Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis will release a new solo album called Tied To A Star.

The album will feature some guest contributors such as Cat Power and Mark Mulcahy. He’s shared a new song from the album titled “Every Morning” that is just about as classic J Mascis as one can hope for. It’s available to stream below.
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Last night the always reliable Built To Spill played a sold out show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, the 2nd night of a three night run in NYC (Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, Bowery tonight).

The last time I caught the band play was at Governors Ball 2012. They haven’t released anything new since that time, which means that this tour was really up for grabs in terms of what material would be played. The band had a lot of fun with the shows, throwing in a bunch of covers in between their own songs.

The covers included The Byrds “Eight Miles High” (which I coincidentally last heard covered at MHOW earlier this year), Dinosaur Jr.’s “Sludgefeast”, and Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” The rest of the set consisted of a run through of fan favorites such as “Goin’ Against Your Mind”, “The Plan”, “Convential Widsom” and “Carry The Zero.”

The encore saw them embark on a fun cover of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius Of Love”, featuring some help on vocals from Erin Fein of Psychic Twin and Peter Speer. Towards the end of the cover the band invited fans on stage with them, and it ended up being a free-for-all up there, with fans literally taking over instruments and singing into the microphone. Some band members were more into this than others, with guitarist Brett Netson having a mild alteration with a fan who I can only guess got too touchy/close. It was pretty much (somewhat) controlled chaos.

It was an odd end to the night, but it showed that the band were having a bit of fun on this tour, as they weren’t sludging away promoting an album. The show had a little bit for everyone, and they played just about everything you could have wanted to hear. The epic one-two punch of “Goin’ Against Your Mind” and “Carry The Zero” was almost too good to be true; proof that guitar music is very much alive and well.


1. Revolution
2. The Plan
3. Stab
4. Conventional Wisdom
5. Kicked It in the Sun
6. Mess With Time
7. Liar
8. Eight Miles High (The Byrds cover)
9. Reasons
10. Planting Seeds
11. Sludgefeast (Dinosaur Jr. cover)
12. Goin’ Against Your Mind
13. Carry the Zero

14. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
15. Big Dipper
16. Genius of Love (Tom Tom Club cover feat. Erin Fein & Peter Speer)

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