Now three albums into their unlikely second act, indie icons Dinosaur Jr. continue to blast eardrums and blow out speakers with a fury matching their late-'80s heyday. This year's I Bet on Sky fits in so smoothly alongside the rest of Dino's discography it could easily have been released 20 years ago, but that only enhances its atavistic appeal. The band does add some new wrinkles here and there — the twinkly piano fill on album-opener "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" for one — but most of I Bet on Sky is by-the-book vintage Dino. That means plenty of detached nasal crooning and fiery fretwork from group mastermind J. Mascis and the occasional barbed-wire pop blast from bassist Lou Barlow. With Shearwater. (Brantley Gutierrez)
Thu., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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