J Mascis

J Mascis is best known as Dinosaur Jr.'s fret-shredding frontman, prone to guitar solos that are towering marvels of technique and volume, but he's also got a soft side. Mascis's acoustic material sounds almost too low-key to have been conjured up by an indie guitar god whose visits are marked by a spike in earplug sales, but it allows for a wide range during live performances, switching from unplugged strumming to amp-crushing riffs with a veteran's ease. By peeling away some of the noise, Mascis is rolling over, exposing a bruised underbelly and showing us what's been behind the distortion for all those years. With Kurt Vile & the Violators and Fauna. 18+. (Photo by Alex Ramon)
Sat., April 2, 8 p.m., 2011

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