J Mascis

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:32am

In May 1989 Dinosaur Jr. toured Australia for the first time. 


For the cult American indie-hardcore band, it was a time of upheaval. Earlier in the year bass player Lou Barlow, increasingly frustrated with the stifling behaviour of guitarist and principal songwriter J Mascis, had voiced his displeasure to his band mate. Mascis responded by exiling Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. With...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 7:06pm


It’s a very moody Friday evening as I pissbolt down St Kilda Road, the lightning a’smashin and the thunder a’roarin, racing towards the Melbourne Recital Centre preparing for a guitar fuelled foray with undisputed legend J Mascis.
First up is the ever-talented Adalita. Her voice is powerful, reverberating around the theatre with many a track from her recent album, All...

Posted 3 Feb 2015 @ 4:38pm

A few months ago, J Mascis was interviewed by ten-year-old Elliott Fullam, the son of Daniella and Justin Fullam, creators of the fashion and design website Little Punk People. Confronted by Elliott’s enthusiasm and excitement, Mascis is typically deadpan: when Elliott suggests Mascis is ‘a guitar god,’ Mascis demurs; Elliott responds by repeating the superlative, brushing past Mascis’...

Posted 11 Nov 2014 @ 10:22am

J Mascis has locked in his return to Melbourne.


One of the most illustrious names in rock'n'roll, most recently the Dinosaur Jr frontman released his second solo album Tied To A Star, the follow up to 2011's Several Shades Of Why.
Support will come from Adalita. 

Posted 25 Aug 2014 @ 6:08pm

It’s been three years since Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis struck gold with his third solo album Several Shades of Why.  Unfortunately though, the highly anticipated and prophetically titled follow-up Tied to a Star never quite reaches the lofty heights of its predecessor. Not that it’s a bad album; far from it. The poignant ache that made Several Shades of Why so compelling is present in...

Posted 22 Feb 2013 @ 5:04pm

Kyle Thomas' brainchild and nerd rocking alter ego King Tuff is bound for Australian shores this April.


The lo-fi garage pop royalty, has made multiple musical outings in bands such as psych folk outfit Feathers, with garage punks Happy Birthday, and in J Mascis' doom band Witch. King Tuff's solo debut album Was Dead was certainly well loved and his self titled follow up won...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 7:13am


After an esteemed two and a half decades as one of alternative rock’s most seminal figures, the many musical outlets of Lou Barlow are achieving somewhat of a frenetic singularity. Though the sonic distinctions between his current non-dormant projects remain resolute, the ability to juggle duties with Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and as a solo artist is a virtue many artists long for. Lou’s...

Posted 10 Jan 2012 @ 2:14pm

With its RSL charm, beer prices and décor, the Oakleigh Caravan Club may be my new favourite venue. Ben Salter opened the night with songs from across his career with The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers and solo repertoire. For all his charisma, professionalism and towering voice, he tends to be let down by some pretty dour songwriting. I wanna like the dude, but the only spot in his short set...

Posted 9 Dec 2011 @ 9:21am

Released earlier this year, Several Shades Of Why marks legendary Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis's first fully-formed solo effort. The quaint, gentle acoustic-led album marks a far cry from the blaring, overblown electric guitar assault of the iconic shoegaze trio. Thing is, though there is the starkest of contrasts between the instrumentation, there's barely a variance in vocal...

Posted 6 Oct 2011 @ 2:30pm

In yet another set of Falls sideshows announced this week, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis will be returning to Melbourne. 


Mascis, who was last in the country in 2010 alongside Dinosaur Jr., which included a stopover at Golden Plains, returned in 2011 with his latest solo album ...


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