LEGENDARY ALT.ROCK PIONEERS PROVE THEY’RE ANYTHING BUT EXTINCT IN THE CAPITAL
TALK ABOUT impressive. Dinosaur Jr., a band now 32 years into their career, have not only recorded one of their best albums with this year’s Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, they’re also still playing to sold-out crowds.tonight’s a distraction-free confirmation of their enduring genius: there’s only a few brief mumbled-mumbles to the crowd, no backdrop, and only a small portion of the available stage space is being used. It’s just three men playing the living shit out of their discography. that they neither play their greatest song (Out There) or their greatest
new song (Be A Part) matters not. Regardless of whether it’s fuzzed-up classics (Get Me), subversive covers (The Cure’s Just Like Heaven) or thunderous new songs (the Sabbathian groove of I Walk For Miles), the results are mind-blowing. It is not inconceivable that one day mankind will make first contact with extra-terrestrial life, and yet all of the extraordinary wonder that would entail would be but small potatoes compared to the sound of J Mascis – surrounded by amps – starting yet another cosmic guitar solo.the man simply disappears into the notes and drags you along for the ride. It’s really saying something, then, that J is not the star of the show tonight.that award goes to bassist Lou Barlow, a man whose constantly contorting body suggests he’s loving life in Dinosaur Jr. more than ever before. Somehow, after all this time, Dinosaur Jr. are still getting better.talk about impressive.