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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11/20: Dinosaur Jr. at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Dinosaur Jr. aren’t throwing any curveballs this late in the game. So you pretty much know what to expect on Farm, their second album since 2005’s comeback and the fifth by the original trio of guitarist J. Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph. There are plenty of hooky songs that split the difference between indie and classic rock, the loudest wall of sound ever constructed by just three guys and many amp-rattling and ear-shattering solos. Like 2007’s Beyond, Farm sounds very late ’80s, right down to a couple of duds. It’s also way better than most reunion albums. Mascis marble-mouths his way through some killer songs — “Pieces,” “I Want You to Know” and “Over It,” especially — firing off one blistering solo after another. The one-two punch of Beyond and Farm manages to do something Dino Jr. barely accomplished the first time around: two good albums in a row. Hear them mix it up at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). The Gypsy Nomads open. Tickets: $23 advance, $25 day of show. — Michael Gallucci

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