J Mascis

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    November 21, 2014

    The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    Solid weekend of shows here in town, with legends like Death From Above 1979 playing in Boulder and Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis playing a pair of nights at Larmier Lounge. The rest of our picks follow. See also: 50 Photos That Prove Red Rocks Is the Most Beautiful Venue on the Planet

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    April 3, 2014

    How the teens of Residual Kid earned famous fans and national tours

    The members of Residual Kid (due Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at the Hi-Dive) from Austin, Texas are all under fifteen-years-old. Despite their youth, it is impossible to ignore their sheer power of the songs -- they're something more than you'd expect out of three guys who have yet to get ou ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Phoenix at 1STBANK Center, 8/7/13

    PHOENIX @ 1STBANK CENTER | 8/7/13 Last night at 1STBANK, when the repeating bell-like sounds at the beginning of Phoenix's biggest hit "Lisztomania" rung out, the crowd roared expectedly and the outfit almost didn't have to sing at all. As everybody sang along with every word, you could tell that it ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Sebadoh's Lou Barlow on how experimenting with eight-tracks influenced his early recordings

    Sebadoh started as a kind of solo recording project of Lou Barlow toward the end of his tenure with Dinosaur Jr. in the late '80s. Upon his departure from Dino in 1989, Barlow focused on his songwriting with Sebadoh, and his recording aesthetic became synonymous with "lo-fi" of the 1990s, alongside ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Dinosaur Jr at Bluebird Theater, 10/15/12

    DINOSAUR JR @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/15/12 In a an entire show of strong performances, one of the big surprises came when Lou Barlow said that he and J Mascis had been in a band called Deep Wound toward the end of the set. "We played the Ramones at triple speed," Barlow explained. "We didn't take dr ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: October 15-19

    Hope you got good and rested this past weekend, because you're going to need to tap into your energy reserves for the insane amount shows going down this week. We have all of them listed in our concert calendar, of course, if you'd like to get the full view. Otherwise, below, we've narrowed it down ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Murph of Dinosaur Jr on how the fans seem just as young and rowdy now as they once were

    Dinosaur Jr was the product of three guys from Massachusetts who had played in the hardcore bands Deep Wound and All White Jury. But when J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph got together, the music they produced sounded like it had all but shed that background in favor of melody, and the outfit made the ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    The five best concerts in Colorado this week, Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 30

    Good morning! Here we are again. Weekend's over. Bummed? So are we. Luckily, there's another full slate of music to look forward to this week. As always, the choices are plentiful. From folk and metal to indie rock and jam, whatever your flavor, there's plenty of options. Mumford & Sons kicks off a ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Kyle Thomas of King Tuff recalls the weird paranormal experiences he's had in the studio

    See also: King Tuff at Moe's Original BBQ, 8/28/12 King Tuff is the latest project of Kyle Thomas who has been seen in the psych folk band Feathers, the garage punk outfit Happy Birthday and the doom band Witch with J. Mascis. With King Tuff, Thomas has written a pretty diverse array of music, but ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    King Tuff

    Tuesday, August 28, Moe's Original BBQ, 303-781-0414.

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    August 22, 2012

    Five coveted Colorado music-industry jobs

    See also: - Ten best places for pre/post-show eats on Colfax - The five best outdoor venues in Colorado that aren't Red Rocks - Five best midsize venues in LoDo and Ballpark - The ten best green rooms in Denver and Boulder Colorado is an incredible place for live music -- from our outdoor venues, ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe on Beck, living in Germany and Bright Channel

    The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Review: Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO at Larimer Lounge, 4/8/12

    ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 4/8/12 It would be a tough to pinpoint a specific climax of this show, but a true high point of feeling for the band -- and probably the crowd -- came with the last number of the set when Kawabata Makoto used some kind of white, plastic object that looked lik ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Vivian Girls with No Joy and School Knights at Larimer Lounge, 5/12/11

    Photo: Jon SolomonVivian Girls last night at Larimer Lounge.VIVIAN GIRLS No Joy * School Knights 05.12.11 | Larimer Lounge It isn't the worst thing that can happen to you when you're on stage, but breaking a string without having an immediate replacement or a back-up guitar can induce the kind of re ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    J Mascis at the hi-dive video, 4/28/11

    J Mascis last night in Denver. See video below.​Dinosaur Jr. songwriter J Mascis brought his solo acoustic tour to Denver last night at the hi-dive. His set was made up of some Dinosaur Jr tunes and songs off this new acoustic LP Several Shades of Why. Below are the first two songs from the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    J Mascis

    Thursday, April 28, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    April 28, 2011

    Thursday is the new Friday: J Mascis at hi-dive, Chase and Status at the Gothic and more

    In case you aren't going to see Chuck Sheen spit tiger blood all over the crowd tonight at Wells Fargo, there are plenty of other things to entertain you this fine evening. Not that Chaz isn't worth dropping a sizeable stack of loot to see if he WINS! or loses, but just in case you'd rather rock or ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Slim Cessna, A. Tom Collins, Serious Moonlight and DJ MU$A top our weekly playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Emil Amos of Holy Sons on stint in Jandek, Lee Hazelwood and J. Mascis

    Eliza SohnEmil Amos of Holy Sons​ Emil Amos is part experimental rock musician and part philosopher poet. Amos is a champion of stripping away the layers of conditioning we accept as payment for being part of a mainstream society that demands obedience to arbitrary rules of identity and what ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    The five weirdest products at the SXSW Interactive trade show

    Somehow, this guy will pay you to eat at restaurants.​Tight jeans and awesome hair have replaced the cargo shorts (and jorts) of Austin's 6th Street by now, as SXSW Interactive 2011 is in the books and SXSW Music gets rolling. The SXSW Trade Show -- which didn't open its doors until Monday, th ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011


    Tuesday, February 15, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    February 1, 2011

    George Strait & Reba, Sleigh Bells, Cypress Hill shows announced. Tix on sale this weekend.

    ​Country superstars George Strait and Reba McEntire have sold close to 125 million records. combined. In his career, which spans more than three decades, Strait has had more number-one singles than Elvis, and his latest effort, Twang, debuted at the number-one slot on Billboard's Top Country A ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Win tickets to see Sonic Youth on October 4 at the Ogden Theatre

    Update: The answers are as follows. If you think you won, check your email right now. Thanks for playing, let's do it again sometime.

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    September 10, 2009

    Monolith Q&A: Cymbals Eat Guitars

    ​According to Cymbals Eat Guitars 20-year-old frontman Joseph D'Agostino, Lou Reed didn't want a lot of cymbals on the first three Velvet Underground albums because "cymbals eat guitars," which explains the copious amounts of floor toms on those early discs. While that might have inspired the band ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Vintage Q&A with the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton

    Ron Asheton, the mega-influential guitarist with the Stooges, died yesterday at age 60 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's sad news, but at least Asheton was able to experience some much deserved acclaim in his last few years, when the surviving Stooges reunited for a new album, entitled The Weirdness, and ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007

    Over the Weekend ... Dinosaur Jr., Hate Fuck Trio and Awesome Color @ Ogden Theatre

    Dinosaur Jr., Hate Fuck Trio and Awesome Color December 14, 2007 Ogden Theatre Better than: Reading Our Band Could Be Your Life for the tenth time. As I stepped off Colfax Avenue, and into the Way-Back Machine of the Ogden Theatre on Friday night, I took a second to reflect on how I had come to thi ... More >>

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    June 19, 2007

    Review: Westword Music Showcase @ Outdoor Stage- 6/16/07

    Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 Outdoor Stage Better than: Making small talk about my daily life. Aaron Collins is totally offensive. So is Gared O’Donnell, for that matter. The two mouthy frontmen--Collins of Machine Gun Blues and O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken for Stars--shot off a strin ... More >>

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    June 18, 2007

    Showcase by the Snippet

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 There are several ways to approach a festival such as June 16's Westword Music Showcase. Wrist-banders can check out a handful of their favorites or several groups they haven't had a chance to catch yet and spend the rest of their time exploring the rewarding world of mass ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Dinosaur Jr. Take Two

    Reunited and it feels so good.

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    June 13, 2007

    J Mascis Says "Yeah" and Several Other Words

    J Mascis is a lot better guitarist, singer and songwriter than he is a conversationalist. As noted in the June 14 profile of the reunited Dinosaur Jr., which headlines the June 16 Westword Music Showcase, I quizzed Mascis back in 1991, when a group called Nirvana was opening for his band, and the ch ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Supersized Stooges

    This week's profile of the Stooges describes original guitarist Ron Asheton as "voluble," and that's an enormous understatement. He's clearly enjoying the opportunity to talk about his life and career after all these years, and he's got plenty of stories to tell. In the extensive Q&A below, he talks ... More >>

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    January 4, 2007

    Lullabies For the Deranged

    Wallow in the mire of the year's best scuzz rock.

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    July 6, 2006

    Pushing the Rock

    With his hoop dreams quashed, Doug Martsch is back in the game.

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    April 13, 2006

    Where You Been?

    The alt-rock pioneers in Dinosaur Jr. return to the freak scene as seniors.

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    December 1, 2005

    Book of Mormon

    Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons celebrate ten years of being bad.

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    October 20, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    July 21, 2005

    Time Machine

    The Omens look to the future while tied to rock's primordial past.

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    July 15, 2004

    Patrick Porter

    Maybe Waltz (Evelyn)

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    May 29, 2003

    Sky High

    A new record deal and some famous friends may put 34 Satellite into orbit.

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    May 10, 2001

    Breezy Does It

    Retro-fitted for pleasure, the Breezy Porticos keep pop alive.

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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

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    April 13, 2000

    Little Boy Blue

    Conor Oberst sees the world through Bright Eyes.

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    April 16, 1998
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    February 13, 1997

    Sentimental Lou

    Sebadoh's Lou Barlow has found a way to put the pathos back into punk.

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    September 26, 1996
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    July 11, 1996

    Dinosaur Johnson

    On his own, Mike Johnson sounds nothing like his main band, Dinosaur Jr.

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    April 26, 1995
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    March 1, 1995



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