When Dinosaur Jr. released 'You’re Living All Over Me' in 1987, things changed. In a subculture that was still in awe of Black Flag’s machismo, the dejected whine of frontman J Mascis’s voice, the beauty (albeit violent) of the songwriting and Mascis's intricate guitar solos introduced a musical language that tapped directly into the experience of America’s suburban youth.
Yet the band quickly deteriorated soon after. And by the height of the alt-rock boom of the 1990s, Mascis played more and more of the instruments on records that all did okay, without outstanding commercial or, arguably, artistic success to their name.
Over time, relationships healed, especially between Mascis and Barlow, who had good things going with Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. The band reunited in 2005 and put out its third post-reunion studio album in September, 'I Bet On Sky.' A few weeks ago, Dinosaur Jr. played the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We've got that set for you right here, right now...