Monday, May 4, 2009

Photo Review: Dinosaur Jr. & Mike Watt at the Ottobar

Photos by Chrissy

J Mascis's guitar will be continually echoing through my eardrums for the next month, and man am I more than okay with that. Saturday's Dinosaur Jr. show at the Ottobar was big on all levels, including decibels.

There are no surprises involved in a Dinosaur Jr. show. With a band that has helped lay the groundwork for the majority of the bands playing today, not messing around with what works is all one can ask for. Murph's drums didn't miss a beat, Lou Barlow ripped away on bass, and Mascis's guitar work schooled us all.

The new jams were great, again not shying away from their patented alternative rock and roll formula. However the set list was mostly littered with songs from previous works, welcomely heavy in tracks from their most epic LPs You're Living All Over Me and Beyond. It's refreshing to see a band reunite and not just cough up lost causes with little heart, and it's even greater when that band is Dinosaur Jr.

In a night full of icons of the trade, Mike Watt and the Missingmen opened up the evening. One of the most legendary bass players of our time proved he still had it in him, slapping and spitting his way through a pretty killer set. Churning away at some old tracks and new ones, the trio is now heading to the studio to record their next album.

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