No More Dinosaur Bones

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Arts Issue: September 2016
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No More Dinosaur Bones

Years before Kurt Cobain’s raspy rhapsodizing about teen spirit in grunge trio Nirvana, J. Mascis was droning about freak scenes as frontman of another three-piece alternative rock band, Dinosaur Jr. Further parallels between the two bands include creative tensions between two talented members – in Nirvana, that was Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl. In Dinosaur Jr., that’s Mascis and bassist/vocalist Lou Barlow, who formed bands Sebadoh and Folk Implosion after Mascis fired him in 1989. They made up in 2005, and Dinosaur Jr. has been making tracks ever since. The band plays Crescent Ballroom (308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com) on September 19. Tickets cost $30.50-$35.50.

– Niki D’Andrea