Dinosaur Jr

Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on “Portlandia”

Because J Mascis and “Portlandia” needed to combine their talents. Because only the IFC sketch comedy show could pull off something so fittingly bizarre as a “Battle of the Gentle Bands.” Because the Dinosaur Jr. frontman’s strange, non-verbal presence totally makes this genius skit.

Album reviews: Richard Buckner, Boston Spaceships

Boston Spaceships, "Let It Beard" (Guided by Voices Inc.) It's easy to make the argument that Robert Pollard is enjoying a career renaissance. His seminal indie-rock band, Guided by Voices, is taking its victory lap at music festivals around the country after reuniting its "classic" early '90s lineup last fall (they headline the Maha Music Festival in Omaha on Aug.

Live review: J Mascis @ the Hi-Dive

J Mascis earned his godfather-of-grunge status as frontman of seminal '80s/'90s alternative pioneers Dinosaur Jr. But on Thursday night, he earned much love and respect from the full crowd at the Hi-Dive as he shared an intimate, moving set of stripped-down songs punctuated by Mascis’ signature mournful croon and some wicked acoustic/electric guitar gymnastics.

Photo essay: Lou Barlow @ the Larimer Lounge

Lou Barlow, the founding bassist for Dinosaur Jr., and leader of Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, returned to the Larimer Lounge on Friday to perform songs from his latest solo albums, "Goodnight Unknown" and "Emoh," among others.

Interview: Lou Barlow

"I'd be happy if 'relaxed, weird and inscrutable' was on my tombstone," says indie rock icon Lou Barlow, who plays the Boulder Theater and Aggie Theatre next week.

New York Dolls @ the Gothic Theatre

[photopress:NYD.jpg,full,pp_image] "Move along, folks... nothing to see here." There is an inherent risk in reuniting legendary bands. There is a long list of pitfalls and tempting clichés that often ruin the experience for the audience and diminish the legacy of the group.

Dinosaur Jr. @ the Ogden Theatre

[photopress:dinosaur_jr.jpg,full,pp_image] Dinosaur Jr. is truly a band fit for the Henge 'o Stone. I can easily recall the amount of times I've left a show with my ears really ringing, mostly because my high-frequency hearing is so shot that even an unusually loud concert does little to damage the already-scarred 'drums.