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Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow

Older, grayer "Freak Scene" stalwarts ­Dinosaur Jr.

With grunge-era staples such as "Freak Scene" and "Out There," Dinosaur Jr. specialized in bittersweet compositions in which even the sad songs were love songs and even the love songs were sad. But they were no crybabies: An impermeable wall of screaming guitar concealed much of this melancholy. To the delight of fans, not much has changed over the past 20 or so years. The older songs still ring true, and the live shows are still a pulverizing avalanche of sound. (The volume of which can only be described as "unholy.") And don't call this a nostalgia tour: The band's new album, Farm, might be its best yet with its mixture of confessional songwriting and dizzy, throbbing rock. Dino's own Lou Barlow opens the show in support of his solo album, Goodnight Unknown.


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