Legendary indie rockers Dinosaur Jr will be making a stop at Mr Smalls next Wednesday, 10.24. The band just released their new LP I Bet On Sky this past month. It's their third album since reforming back in 2005 and their tenth studio recording. The trio of Lou Barlow, Murph and mainstay J Masics have been recording now for over 27 years and their new album demonstrates that experience and knowledge. Receiving solid reviews, I Bet On Sky is heavy on head bobbing rythms and lyrics. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name to enter.
From their press:
There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearie been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio's early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.
I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. And, crazily, it marks the band's 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. Back in the '80s, if anyone has suggested that these guys would be performing and recording at such a high level 27 years later, they would have been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio's early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.
The trio has taken everything they've learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J's guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here, but there's a sense of instrumental control that matches the sweet murk of his vocals (not that he always remembers to exercise control on stage, but that's another milieu). This is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou's basswork shows a lot more melodicism now as well, although his two songs on I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work. And Murph...well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates' melodic explosions.
Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $25 and can be found here.