The one and only Dinosaur Jr. will be treating fans to a night of fun at First Avenue on Wednesday, August 29th.
Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.
The band was founded by J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and Murph (drums). After three albums on independent labels earned the band a reputation as one of the formative influences on American alternative rock, creative tension led to Mascis firing Barlow, who later formed Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. His replacement, Mike Johnson came aboard for three major-label albums. Murph eventually quit, with Mascis taking over drum duties on the band’s albums before the group disbanded in 1997. The original lineup reformed in 2005, releasing four albums thereafter.
Mascis’s drawling vocals and distinct guitar sound, hearkening back to 1960s and 1970s classic rock and characterized by extensive use of feedback and distortion, were highly influential in the alternative rock movement of the 1990s. Dinosaur Jr. is considered to be an alternative rock band; however the band’s musical style, compared to its underground contemporaries in the 1980s, differed in several ways. This included the influence of classic rock on the band’s music, their use of feedback, extreme volume and the loud-quiet dynamic, and frontman Mascis’ droning vocals. Gerald Cosloy, head of Homestead Records, summarised the band’s music: “It was its own bizarre hybrid. … It wasn’t exactly pop, it wasn’t exactly punk rock—it was completely its own thing”.
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