A Loud Night at Music Hall

June 26th, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. – Music Hall of Williamsburg – June 25, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. - Music Hall of Williamsburg - June 25, 2009
Warning: Dinosaur Jr. may not be good for your ears. Physically, that is. Sonically, they were just the right thing for everyone’s ears at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. Walking the not-so thin line between melodic guitar virtuosity and a deafening cackle, Dinosaur Jr. front man J Mascis used all three giant sets of amplifiers behind him to treat the crowd to one of the venue’s loudest shows ever. Tucked in his cave of speakers, Mascis poked his head out for the shortest of vocal lines, as if he couldn’t wait to take a few steps back again to resume shredding through the band’s distinctly gritty musical repertoire.

The band also highlighted some of the music from their brand new album, Farm (which they promoted earlier in the day with a taping at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), all the while hacking away at their fans’ eardrums. To describe Mascis’ guitar tone as fuzzy would be selling it short. His wicked riffs were often borderline indecipherable, especially with drummer Murph banging away and bassist Lou Barlow administering his own dose of distorted sonic beauty. But Mascis made that level of distortion totally listenable, a feat only possible for someone who is as terribly amazing at playing a guitar as he is. Dinosaur Jr. rumbled on through their set, inciting circle pits and screams galore from the crowd, never needing to apologize for just how loud they were rocking everyone who was there. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |