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Sebadoh | Bakesale [Reissue]

Generally, Lou Barlow's sad-sack lyrics and confused-young-man shtick are most potent to the young and overemotional. But compared to 1996's Harmacy , Barlow's maudlin tendencies are relatively reined in throughout Bakesale's 15 straightforward rockers
Sub Pop (2011)
By GARRET MARTIN  |  July 01, 2011

Dinosaur Jr. at Port City Music Hall, June 20

Henry Rollins is the George Thorogood of punk rock. He has the appearance and credentials of someone bad to the bone, but in practice, he's pure establishment.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 24, 2011

Rollins to interrogate Dinosaurs

It's always exciting when an iconic band play Portland, but Dinosaur Jr.'s Port City Music Hall show Monday night brings some additional curiosities.
Inviting inquiry
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 17, 2011
Interview with Dinousar Jr. frontman

Everyone loves Dinosaur Jr.'s Bug except J Mascis

For Dinosaur Jr., an achingly melody-fueled power trio formed from the ashes of several Amherst-area hardcore bands in 1984, the pursuit of awesome came at the price of happiness, harmony, and ultimately the band itself.
No fun
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 17, 2011

Lou Barlow talks the talk

He may have been born in Dayton, Ohio and settled down in Los Angeles, but for a lot of us, Lou Barlow will always be a Western Mass kid.
The Sebadoh frontman on life, love, and J.
By MATT PARISH  |  March 25, 2011

Sebadoh return to the scene they helped invent

Some things just don't go as planned, though you can't say that would surprise you if you've been listening to Lou Barlow's music for any fraction of the past 25 years.
Endless road
By MATT PARISH  |  March 25, 2011


Bands of brothers

I'm living the most local life I've ever lived right now in Dorchester," says Chris Hislop, bespectacled guitarist in the long-running Boston band Piles.
'Hislopalooza' is a family affair
By MATT PARISH  |  March 12, 2010

Photos: Dinosaur Jr. live at the Middle East

Dinosaur Jr., live at the Middle East downstairs, October 2, 2009
Dinosaur Jr., live at the Middle East downstairs, October 2, 2009
By NELLIE SWEET  |  October 09, 2009

Beauty in the beast

"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 02, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. | Farm

The much ballyhoo'd resurrection of the original Dino lineup a few years ago — with bassist/crybaby Lou Barlow and laconic-to-the-point-of-sometimes-seeming-retarded-or-maybe-dead frontman J Mascis burying the axe — saw the faithful turn ecstatic at the
Jagjaguwar (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 17, 2009
Dinosaur Jr. kick off national tour . . . on the Cape!

Dinosaur Jr. kick off national tour . . . on the Cape!

When it comes to alternative-rock reunions that don't suck, Boston's had a string of comebacks (Mission of Burma, Pixies, Lemonhea-- . . . uh, Throwing...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 22, 2009



The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2009

The Big Hurt: Who charted?

In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2009

Stopped, dropped, and rolled

I’d like to thank and commend Adam Reilly for writing about the journalists arrested covering the Republican convention in St. Paul.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 17, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 16, 2008

Record reviewers

The problem with these “play your most revered album in full” shows that everyone from Public Enemy to Liz Phair is doing lately is that the correct answer is not always a no-brainer.  
Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr, and Built to Spill at the Orpheum, September 27, 2008
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 01, 2008

Electronic spin

Drake has posted a free download-only covers EP.

Jason Drakes stakes his own claim

By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 28, 2008


Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

Freak scene

It’s been more than a year since Dinosaur Jr. announced they’d be re-forming for the first time since Mascis kicked Barlow out of the band in 1989.
The ongoing saga of Dinosaur Jr.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 23, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Good vibrations

J Mascis hates Lou Barlow. And the feeling is mutual. Dinosaur Jr, "Almost Read" (mp3)
Dinosaur Jr. play nice and loud together
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 19, 2007

Boston music news: June 1, 2007

Not only have the reunited J. Mascis/Lou Barlow Dinosaur Jr. just released a new album, they’re coming to town.
Notes on Dinosaur Jr.'s gig at Urban Outfitters
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 29, 2007


Boston Music News: January 19, 2007

Leah Callahan is the former singer from atmospheric Boston bands Turkish Delight and Betwixt, as well as the driving force behind a small performance-art/music group called the Illegitimate Theatre Company. Sebadoh, "The Freed Pig" (mp3)
Notes on the Glass Set, Six Day Slide, and the Sebadoh reunion
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 16, 2007

Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

Boston music news: November 10, 2006

BOSTON ROCK OPERA — the grassroots local company famous for its once annual production of Jesus Christ Superstar — is no more.
Notes on the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, Scissormen and Dinosaur Jr
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 06, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 13

Mission of Burma | the Bradford Ballroom | March 12, 1983
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 14

Lou Barlow + Elliott Smith | Green Street Grill | October 4, 1998
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006

Taking flight

“It’s that classic New England heavy thinking man’s rock,” is how Sonic Youth guitarist and Northampton resident Thurston Moore puts it. The Boston hit list: Ten local bands you need to see. By Matt Ashare More Thurston Moore: What a Sonic Youth gu
Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006

More Thurston Moore

Just as R.E.M. will forever be associated with Athens, Georgia, Sonic Youth will always bring to mind downtown NYC. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
What a Sonic Youth guitarist does in Northampton
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006

Boston music news: July 21, 2006

The recent spate of activity from the Dinosaur Jr. camp has given indie rock fans plenty of reason to rejoice.
Notes on Lou Barlow and Stacy Jones
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  July 18, 2006