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So what differentiates an acoustic J Mascis show from an acoustic Dinosaur Jr. show? The songs. J Mascis Live at CBGB’s: The First Acoustic Show has indie rock’s favorite longhair stripping down the songs of his most notable band. As the title clearly states, this 1993 show marked the first time he performed live acoustic. It opens with “What Else Is New,” and you get the sense that there’s much more to Dinosaur Jr. than face-melting walls of guitar feedback; Mascis can craft a memorable song as well as any of his influences. He follows that with the fan favorite “Thumb” from Green Mind, revealing that underneath his cascading sonic walls there's a timeless, folk-based ballad. Despite Mascis’ minimal stage banter, he does reveal that “Keeblin’” was indeed inspired by the Keebler Elves. And rather than take on the all-too-common rendition of “Freebird,” Mascis covers Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Every Mother’s Son,” leaning hard into his natural drawl before turning The Wipers’ “On the Run” into something that sounds more like a Neil Young tune.

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Truly great set.


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Formed: 1983 in Amherst, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dinosaur Jr. were largely responsible for returning lead guitar to indie rock and, along with their peers the Pixies, they injected late-'80s alternative rock with monumental levels of pure guitar noise. As the group's career progressed, it turned into a vehicle for J Mascis' songwriting and playing, which had the ultimate result of turning Dinosaur's albums into largely similar affairs. Over time, Mascis shed his hardcore punk roots and revealed himself to be a disciple of Neil Young, crafting simple...
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