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Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom, with Lee Ranaldo - 12/7/15
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Kurt Vile has been in NYC to guest at more than one of the seven Dinosaur Jr shows, including the finale last night (12/9). Before last night's show, Kurt, his band the Violators, and Dino Jr frontman J Mascis headed to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Pretty Pimpin," the excellent (and very popular) lead track off KV's album b'lieve i'm goin' down.... Watch the video, which has one of the more psychedelic light shows you're likely to see on Colbert, below.

Meanwhile, we've already written up something on all seven Dino Jr shows, but now we've got a set of pictures from Night 5 (12/7), the show that featured Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Lee Ranaldo, Thalia Zedek, Todd Barry, Andrew Labrecque, famed indie rock producer Don Fleming, Don's ex-Gumball bandmate Jay Spiegel, and host Henry Rollins.

Lastly, Kurt's lengthy week in NYC also included an appearance at Cyndi Lauper's holiday show at the Beacon on 12/5. Watch Kurt and Cyndi play Cyndi's "Money Changes Everything" and cover The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" at that show, below.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile & J Mascis played "Pretty Pimpin" on 'Colbert' +++ pics of Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery Ballroom night 5"

by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
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Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:

- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."

- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.

- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."

- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.

- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.

- Winning best attendance for #Dino30 was Lee Ranaldo making his fourth onstage performance, tonight coming out for "Little Fury Things."

- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.

- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.

- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?

- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).

- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!

- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.

Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr finished their 7-show #Dino30 run w/ Kim Gordon, Kevin Shields, Negative Approach, Evan Dando, Lee Ranaldo, Roddy Bottum, Kurt Vile & more (setlist, videos)"

by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
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Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.

Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:

- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.

- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.

- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.

- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.

- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.

- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.

- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?

One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr covered My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" w/ Kevin Shields at Bowery Ballroom (video, setlist) ++ Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Mike Watt & more"

by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. with Don Flemming / Bill Janovitz (via @brooklynvegan @justin_tejada)
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Dinosaur Jr's 30th anniversary shows at Bowery Ballroom have thus far begun and ended basically the same: Henry Rollins introduces the band from the balcony and they play their 1985 debut album, Dinosaur, in full; things end with a guest-filled, jammed-out encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." In between there are lots of surprises. Monday night (12/7) was the fifth of seven shows and while there weren't any huge names like Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile or Bob Mould in the evening's second set, there were a lot of guests all of whom had a very direct relationship to the band. It was kinda like Dinosaur Jr. History/Connections Night. Highlights, mostly in order and in bullet point form:

- The night opened with something called "Sitar" with J Mascis playing an electric sitar, joined by Andrew Labrecque on harmonium and chant-y vocals (he played on J's 2005 record J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma) and Todd Barry on a mandal-type drum. "People said, 'Todd, you're not a musician," the comedian (who is actually a pretty good drummer) told the crowd. "I said 'You ain't seen nothing yet.'"

- Lee Ranaldo made his third appearance this week, singing on "Little Fury Things." I think Lee just loves Dinosaur Jr, you could tell he was having a blast and spent the rest of the set sitting on the side of the stage singing along.

- Thalia Zedek of Come/Live Skull came out to sing "Feel the Pain." Mascis noted that Thalia sang backup on the original recording (from 1994's Without a Sound). You can catch Thalia tonight (12/8) at Union Pool with 75 Dollar Bill. Similarly, Tiffany Anders (daughter of filmmaker Alison Anders and singer songwriter in her own right) came out to sing "Get Me" (she sang on the original recording from 1993's Where You Been?).

- Bill Janovitz of fellow Boston band and onetime SST labelmates Buffalo Tom sang "Tarpit." When Buffalo Tom first started they were jokingly called Dinosaur Jr Jr, a comparison aided in part because J Mascis produced their first two albums.

- B.A.L.L. / Gumball member (among other projects) and famed indie rock producer Don Fleming was brought out to play guitar on Green Mind's "The Wagon." Mascis told the crowd that Don had played on the original and this was the first-ever attempt to play the "single version" of the song live. It was pretty awesome. Gumball drummer Jay Spiegel was on the second kit.

- Don, Spiegel and Lee Ranaldo (on third guitar), plus some of the stage crew (one of whom on that electric sitar) were all out for "Cortez the Killer" which was indeed killer.

- Henry Rollins' introduction was entertaining. He told a story about how he and Ian MacKaye used to go see "arena rock" bands before discovering punk, telling a very funny story about going to see The Cramps (it involved the removal, folding and return of Lux Interior's pants), and how then they'd finally found "their music." He also implored people to go see (and play) more shows in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Rollins also has the best seat in the house.

- Lou Barlow said he cut his left pinky the first night of the run and he can't seem to get a band-aid to stay on the whole time, and that it hurt like hell to play. Lou's Cousin It hair obscures his face for 99% of the show.

- Before one of the songs in the Dinosaur set (maybe "The Leper"), Mascis told the crowd that at the time everybody in the band was super into The Birthday Party, and they tried to sound like that but "it ended up sounding like this."

We'll have an actual set of pics from Monday's show soon. In the meantime, check out the full setlist and more Instagram photos/videos, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery night 5: Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Don Fleming, Todd Barry,Thalia Zedek & more (setlist / video)"

Bob Mould & Lee Ranaldo w/ Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery Ballroom 12/6/2015 (via @cherryflavoredfunk, @youweresospooked)
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The seven-show 30th anniversary run for Dinosaur Jr. hit its midpoint on Sunday night. The biggest of Sunday's surprise guests was certainly Bob Mould who came out to play guitar on "Freak Scene" and then stuck around to play early Husker Du jammer "In a Free Land" with J Mascis moving to drums. He also stuck around for the "Cortez the Killer" encore that also featured repeat appearances by Lee Ranaldo and Fred Armisen as well as MV+EE's Matt Valentine. Ranaldo was actually the first special guest of the night, singing on "Little Fury Things," and Valentine was also one of the earlier surprise guests, coming out for "Start Choppin." Other guest vocalists on Sunday were Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio for "In a Jar" and Pussy Galore's Julia Cafritz for "Budge."

Three more Dinosaur Jr shows to go, tonight through Wednesday, all of which are sold out. Who could that bring out tonight? More Instagram pics and videos from Sunday night's show are below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr covered Husker Du w/ Bob Mould on night 4 of #Dino30 ++ Lee Ranaldo & more guests (setlist / video)"

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Dinosaur Jr with Fred Armisen / Frank Black / Lee Ranaldo
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We already posted about night 2 (Friday 12/4) of Dinosaur Jr.'s seven-show, 30th Anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom which featured special guests Frank Black, Lee Ranaldo, Fred Armisen and a reunion of J. Mascis and Lou Barlow's early-'80s hardcore band Deep Wound with Scott Helland. Now here's a full set of pictures from the show.

There's also video of Fred Armisen talking about Dinosaur Jr and performing "Feel the Pain" with them, and more pics from Friday's show, below.

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Jeff Tweedy / Henry Rollins / J Mascis, Lee Ranaldo & Frank Black / Fred Armisen (via @tantheman6 @robert_pappas @sordiego)
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Dinosaur Jr. are now at the midway point of their seven-show, 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom where they're playing their 1985 debut album in full. Like Thursday's kickoff show, Friday and Saturday night featured loads of special guests in the second sets.

Friday (12/4) actually had a special guest during the Dinosaur set -- Frank Black came out to sing "Gargoyle." During the second set, Lee Ranaldo came out for "Little Furry Things." Then they brought out Scott Helland, making for a reunion of Deep Wound, Lou Barlow and J Mascis' early-'80s hardcore band, playing their song "Training Ground." Later, Fred Armisen appeared for a cover of "Hey Policeman," by Fred's alter ego, Ian Rubbish. Armisen also played on "The Lung" and "Feel the Pain," and then returned for the encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer."

Saturday night (12/5) was even more guest-filled. They brought out Valerie June for "Watch the Corners" and "Feel the Pain" and then it was Jeff Tweedy for "Get Me" and "Tar Pit." Still more: Jesse Malin joined the band for a cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye," and then Charles Bradley was brought out for a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." Henry Rollins, who introduced the band on Thursday and Friday (and Sunday), came out for "Don't." Then Tweedy and Malin returned for "Cortez the Killer."

The fourth Bowery show happens tonight. Who will guest? Setlists from both Friday and Saturday's Dinosaur Jr shows, plus more Instagrams and videos, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr's Bowery run continues: Friday & Saturday had Frank Black, Jeff Tweedy, Charles Bradley, Rollins & more"

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Dinosaur Jr with Kim Gordon / Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2015
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New York has always kind of been our home, even though we're from Massachusetts. In the early days it was really all about CBGB's and the other early clubs in New York; we played Boston but New York is what we always gravitated towards. J actually transferred to Hunter College from UMass to be closer to that music scene in the late '80s and also so he could be closer to Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth. I don't know why, but we always thought New York was the coolest place, especially for punk rock. Plus, I actually grew up right outside of New York in the Stanford area. - [Murph in The Aquarian]
Last night (12/3), Dinosaur Jr. began their seven-show run at Bowery Ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The night started with Henry Rollins introducing the band from the balcony, and J, Lou and Murph then cranked out 1985's Dinosaur (maybe the least typically Dinosaur Jr-y of any of their records) in full. There there was a break, which took longer than expected due to Lou having cable problems, and the real fun began with a second set which featured favorites from throughout their career...and a parade of special guests, three of whom shared the stage together at Webster Hall at Wednesday's Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party.

Steve Gunn came out to sing and play on "Yeah We Know" from Bug; then Eleanor Friedberger was brought out to sing "Get Me" from Where Ya Been (she playfully ripped up the lyric sheet, crumpled it into a ball and threw it into the audience and left the stage before the song was over); Kurt Vile sang and played guitar on "Crumble" (from Beyond). We'd see Kurt again before the night was over.

Finally, Kim Gordon came out for "Don't," much like she'd done three years ago at Terminal 5. Very much in rock star / karaoke mode, Kim mopped up the place, playing to the audience and offering the mic to folks in the front row to sing along. Then another break and the band came out with Kurt Vile again, as well as John Moloney on a second drum kit, for a killer cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Setlist is below.

They do it again tonight (12/4) which is sold out. Who do you think might be tonight's special guests? More pics from Thursday's show below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr began their 7-show Bowery run w/ help from Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Henry Rollins & more (pics, setlist)"

photo: Dinosaur Jr. @ Pier 97 in July (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Dinosaur Jr. have added a 7th NYC show to their run of 30th Anniversary shows at Bowery Ballroom. The new Bowery show happens on December 9, and tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (10/21) at noon, and on sale to the general public on Friday (10/23) at noon.

The other six shows, happening December 3 - 8 at Bowery, are all sold out except for the 12/7 show (tickets).

Lou Barlow Brace the Wave

Lou Barlow's new, mostly-acoustic solo album, Brace the Wave, isn't out till next week but you can listen to the album right now, via NPR, below. Lou's upcoming solo tour hits NYC on September 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are still available.

Barlow will be out with Murph and J to celebrate Dinosaur Jr's 30th anniversary at six Bowery Ballroom shows (Dec. 3-8) where they'll play their 1985 debut in full with lots of very special guests joining them each night. Tickets are still available via the BrooklynVegan presale (password: VEGANDINOSAUR) to many of them -- the Friday & Saturday shows are out of BV presale tickets, but may still be available with the AmEx presale. Tickets for all six shows go on sale to the general public on Friday (8/28) at noon.

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Tickets for the six Dinosaur Jr  30th Anniversary shows at Bowery Ballroom go on BV presale today (8/26) at noon. PASSWORD = VEGANDINOSAUR.

If you miss out on the presale, general on-sale starts Friday (8/28) at noon.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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Indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr. have been giving fans tinnitus for three decades now, and will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a six-night run at Bowery Ballroom from December 3 - 8. At each show the band will perform their debut album, Dinosaur, in full, followed by a set of songs from throughout their career. There will be "very special guests" sitting in each night.

Tickets for these six Bowery Ballroom shows go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon but you can get them early via a BrooklynVegan presale that starts Wednesday (8/26) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Flyer for the Bowery run, plus an Rdio stream of Dinosaur, is below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. celebrating 30th Anniversary w/ six Bowery Ballroom shows playing debut LP (BV presale included)"

by Andrew Sacher

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Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr/etc member Lou Barlow just released "Moving," the first single off his mostly-acoustic solo album, Brace the Wave (due 9/4 via Joyful Noise). It's raw, lo-fi, a little folky but not quite folk music -- all things you might expect from a solo Lou Barlow song. Listen below via NPR.

Lou's tour hits NYC on September 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Lou Barlow streaming "Moving" off new solo album (listen)"

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Primus / Dinosaur Jr. / The GOASTT @ Pier 97
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How did touring with Dinosaur Jr. come about?

I think for the past couple years we have always been on the lookout for better bands and to see if they wanted to put on some sort of evening of music together. We've done little short runs here and there, but I think this was the time that we found another band that wanted to go on and put on an evening together, so it just kind of came up that way, probably about a year ago. We had also played together years ago at a festival.

When the band is getting ready to go on tour, how do you prepare?

You know, that depends. We have been playing so much that we've only been home for a couple of days, so we'll just slide back into it like normal pretty much. Usually over the course of the tour we'll experiment with different things and we'll try to re-learn different songs and try to see if there's anything new we can fit into the mix. - [Aquarian Weekly]

The Primus/Dinosaur Jr/The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger tour hit NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Hudson River Park's JBL Live @ Pier 97. While Primus still still has some of their Chocolate Factory stage set with them, their actual setlist was more of a greatest hits as you might expect for a tour like this. Dinosaur Jr was heavy on the distortion and the favorites, delivering "Out There," "Feel the Pain," "Start Choppin'" and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" amongst others. J Mascis has been coming out during Primus' set on this tour too. Sean Lennon's The GOASTT opened the night with their very Beatlesque sound.

Pictures from the whole night, plus setlists for Primus and Dinosaur Jr, below...

Continue reading "Primus, Dinosaur Jr. and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger played Pier 97 (pics, setlists)"

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Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger have been added to Dinosaur Jr. and Primus' co-headlining tour, and their first date with that will be Thursday (7/23) in Philadelphia. Those three bands will hit NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. As mentioned, you can get $25 discounted tickets for that show.

If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets on our Facebook page. All dates are listed below.

The GOASTT limbered up for their tour with a show last week at Brooklyn Bowl (7/15) and pictures from their set, as well as ones of openers Workman Song for the Highway, are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger touring with Dinosaur Jr. & Primus (dates ++ win tix to NYC show)"

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Lou Barlow has a new, mostly acoustic solo album, titled Brace the Wave, that will be coming out via Joyful Noise on September 4. That's the cover art above and Lou says it's "nine songs without drums, without regrets." He says some other stuff about the album, some of which may be ironic, in an album trailer you can watch below. The record will be available on "500 hand-numbered VIP copies available on pink & seafoam marbled vinyl." Of those, 100 will include an "original Lou Barlow Poloroid 'selfie'". Pre-orders are on sale now.

Lou will also be going on a solo tour in September, including a stop in NYC at Rough Trade on 9/9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lou Barlow releasing mostly acoustic 'Brace the Wave' album and touring in September (dates, LP trailer)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kim Gordon on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Old pals and indie legends Kim Gordon and J Mascis have teamed up for a new collaborative song, "Slow Boy," which will appear on the third installment of Converse's CONS EP series. It's pretty much exactly what you want from these two -- Kim's raw shouts and J shredding away. Listen and download it for free, below.

In related news, the Kim Gordon show at 303 Gallery opened this past Thursday (6/4). The show, The City Is A Garden, runs through July 24.

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Glazzies

Dinosaur Jr producer Justin Pizzoferrato has been the go-to guy for younger bands who want to get a similar aesthetic to Dino's '80s/'90s indie rock, like Speedy Ortiz, California X, Blessed State, Placeholder and more. One of the newest additions to that list is Long Island's The Glazzies, but they've taken it a step further, getting Murph to drum on three of the five songs on their upcoming EP. The EP is called Satin Stain, will be out via Old Flame Records (Radical Dads, Potty Mouth, Shark?), and first single "So Strange" premieres in this post. It's one of the ones featuring Murph -- check it out below.

The band also have a few upcoming shows this week, including an Old Flame-presented show in NYC TONIGHT (4/23) at Pianos with Dead Stars, Paperhaus, Strange Names and K Phillips. Tickets are on sale now. That's followed by two Long Island shows this weekend. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Strange Names, the Frenchkiss-signed band play a doNYC/Jack Daniels show at Good Room on Tuesday (4/28), which is free with RSVP.

Glazzies song stream, EP artwork, tracklist, and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Glazzies releasing an EP ft. Dinosaur Jr's Murph on drums, playing NYC tonight w/ Dead Stars & Strange Names"

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TIckets for the Primus and Dinosaur Jr shows at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 go on BrooklynVegan presale at 10 AM. Password = VEGANCHEESE.

If you miss out on getting tickets in the presale, you'll have another chance when the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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Longing for the days of Lollapalooza 1993 or bummed that you missed out on them? Primus and Dinosaur Jr have you covered. The alt/funk metallers and the guitar-soloing indie rockers are heading out on a tour together this summer.

The dates include two in the NYC-area: one at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage on July 24 and another at NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. Also another special guest TBA. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM, with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: BV PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

There's also a presale for the whole tour happening now at Primus' site.

Meanwhile, you can catch Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis sooner when he opens for Dead Moon in NYC this June, and you can also catch Primus on their spring tour which hits Long Island in April.

Speaking of classic indie bands at Stone Pony Summerstage, BrooklynVegan is also presenting a Pixies / TV On the Radio show happening there in May (tickets).

All Primus / Dinosaur Jr dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Primus & Dinosaur Jr announce tour (BrooklynVegan presale for NJ & NYC included)"

by Andrew Sacher

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Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?

The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.

Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...

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FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
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With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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by Ian Chainey

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The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.

This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest

NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

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Witch at Santos in 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Witch

Witch -- the stoner rock band that features Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis on drums, his Sweet Apple bandmate Dave Sweetapple on bass, King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas on vocals/guitar, and Lecherous Gaze/Annihilation Time's Graham Clise on guitar -- will be coming to NYC to headline the next FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 23. (You may remember Dinosaur Jr played the May one.) Opening the show are their Tee Pee labelmates Ruby the Hatchet. Though the show is free, you need tickets which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/9) at noon.

It's the only upcoming date for Witch at the moment, however, you'll get to see a couple of chances to see Witch's members at other times. Dinosaur Jr will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) that also includes Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Then J Mascis will return on October 17 when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

Meanwhile, King Tuff just announced a tour that includes NYC shows on October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to Baby's go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM and tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wed at noon.

Watch a live Witch video below...

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