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J Mascis

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Best known as the remote frontman of the influential indie trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has also been an occasional producer and film composer. Born December 10, 1965 in Amherst, Massachusetts, he first emerged as a member of the hardcore unit Deep Wound, founding Dinosaur in 1984. Over the course of acclaimed LPs like 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug, the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock, with Mascis' creaky, Neil Young-like vocals and monolithic guitar leads becoming primary influences on the burgeoning grunge movement. The group temporarily disbanded in 1989, largely to allow the legendarily non-communicative singer the opportunity to dismiss bassist Lou Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh; in the meantime, Mascis sat in on drums with a series of bands, among them the Velvet Monkeys and GobbleHoof, even producing the latter's eponymous 1990 LP. Upon re-forming Dinosaur Jr. in 1991, he scored Allison Anders' independent film Gas Food Lodging a year later, making a cameo appearance in the picture itself; he and Anders became regular collaborators in the years to follow, most notably on her feature Grace of My Heart. Mascis also produced records for pals including fIREHOSE (Mr. Machinery Operator) and Tad (Inhaler), and in 1996 issued his solo debut, Martin + Me.

After 1997's Hand It Over, Dinosaur Jr. disbanded. Keeping on with his personal musical eclecticism, J Mascis and his new outfit, the Fog, issued More Light in fall 2000. Featuring appearances from avant-garde guitarist Kevin Shields and Guided by Voices vocalist Bob Pollard, the record was a fine return to form that excited Dinosaur Jr. fans who had been disappointed with his acoustic record. A tour with Elf Power followed, featuring longtime friend Mike Watt on bass and Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton at several tour dates. It was his riff-heavy jams with Asheton and Watt, as well as several skydiving experiences, that inspired much of the music he started writing for his follow-up. When he stepped back into the studio, he kept the guest appearances down to a minimum and recorded Feel So Free for a 2002 release. Over the course of the next ten years, Mascis devoted a good share of his time to drums, performing in Witch, Sweet Apple, and Upsidedown Cross, and in 2005, after Merge Records reissued the first three Dinosaur Jr. albums, the original lineup of Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph reunited for a tour. The tour went well enough that Dinosaur Jr. became a going concern again, returning to the studio to record a new album, 2007's Beyond. Meanwhile, Mascis also continued his solo career, releasing three solo acoustic-based albums: 2005's J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma, 2011's Several Shades of Why, and 2014's Tied to a Star.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
06.02.15 Starlight Social Club Waterloo, ON Canada
06.03.15 Lees Palace Toronto, ON Canada
06.04.15 Ritual Nightclub Ottawa, ON Canada
06.05.15 La Sala Rossa Montreal, QC Canada
06.08.15 Sweetwater Music Hall Mill Valley, CA US
07.10.15 Greenfield Community College Greenfield, MA US
07.24.15 Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI US

eMusic Features

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Behold the Shoes: A Brief History of Shoegaze

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

No, it's not a great name: "shoegazing." Very few artists who've actually played in that style like the term; Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai has called it "a dumb term made up by clueless... idiots... if someone called us shoegazers, I'd be pretty unhappy." The other leading candidate seems to be "dreampop," which is also not quite satisfactory. But we're stuck with those words, because it's undeniable that there's a certain tendency in rock music, especially British… more »

Video from YouTube

  • thumbnail from Adalita & J Mascis - Stop draggin my heart around - RocKwiz duet Adalita & J Mascis - Stop draggin my heart around - RocKwiz duet
  • thumbnail from J Mascis - Get Me (Live at Amoeba) J Mascis - Get Me (Live at Amoeba)
  • thumbnail from Cortez the Killer - J Mascis & the Fog at Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska 3/31/2012 Cortez the Killer - J Mascis & the Fog at Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska 3/31/2012
  • thumbnail from Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis on Straight Edge and More - Soft Focus - Episode 6 Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis on Straight Edge and More - Soft Focus - Episode 6

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  • 04.13.15 RT @webpazymusica: @jmascis en @indiegentesbsas @NicetoClub - http://t.co/m2NZNMcjPT http://t.co/08KvkLOhiB
  • 04.01.15 Check me out on #Dips! The internet's shortest videos. http://t.co/XHBfGkyaXG
  • 03.30.15 RT @jfotoman: taken 26 years ago tonight: Dinosaur Jr @ Stache's Columbus OH @dinosaurjr @jmascis @LouBarlow http://t.co/adJYKzhuPm
  • 03.25.15 RT @spectrasonic: Matt Valentine @MVEEGoldenRoad is opening for @JMascis on June 4th at @RitualNightclub! Grab tix @VertigoOttawa & http://…
  • 03.20.15 Regram from @jackerofonasis - J @ Fulton 55, Fresno, 2013 https://t.co/ILVMXz66hV
  • 03.18.15 Check out Von Hertzen Brothers at @sxsw tonight @TheTrophyClub, 310 E 6th St, at 11PM. @VHBROZ
  • 03.18.15 What Else Is News: Canadian Tour Dates Announced - June 2 – Starlight – Waterloo June 3 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto J... http://t.co/jw5kI9PTgK
  • 03.06.15 RT @BklynYogaSchool: Benefit Concert 4/18 with @jmascis @ammasdevadas @Tonyjarvismusic. Tix now on sale! @FreakSceneNet #kirtan #rock http:…
  • 03.06.15 What Else Is News: Benefit Concert with J Mascis, Tony Jarvis, & Devadas http://t.co/l5bWGjL0h8
  • 02.27.15 What Else Is News: Check Out “Me Again” from the Converse Red Light Session http://t.co/6ukJgB0qnx
  • 02.19.15 J will perform at @Newportfolkfest this summer! More festival info at http://t.co/vlK29xWP9W #NFF2015Artist http://t.co/WnWjfCFTW2
  • 02.19.15 RT @Converse: Looping and shredding through delicate, fuzzy melodies @jmascis transfixed the crowd at his @Red_Light_Radio Session http://t…