Time and a plethora of ex-members prove Dinosaur Jr. to be a revolving cast of musicians orbiting around J Mascis. To that extent, Hand It Over (1997), essentially a solo effort, marked Dinosaur Jr.'s final album and prompted Mascis to finally retire the name and end the pretense of a creative collective. Resurfacing in 2000 under the moniker J Mascis + the Fog, a weight seems to have been lifted from Mascis' shoulders. The material is confident, powerful and quirky as ever. More Light is still a one-man affair, but Mascis has upped the star power quotient. The band (for recording purposes, anyway) includes Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), Bob Pollard (Guided By Voices) and fIREHOSE guru, Mike Watt.
J Mascis Concert Films
Live at Spiegeltent Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minAs the Godfather of alt-rock and founder and frontman of Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis hardly needs an introduction. Touring on the back of his first solo studio album, Several Shades of Why, Mascis delivers his trademark laconic guitar riffs with an acoustic delicacy. With beautiful, raw vocals sung in his signature style, this is J Mascis laid bare.
J Mascis Top Tracks
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minChicago-based Wilco take the stage with their blend of idiosyncratic pop sounds from their most recent album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Highlights include "War on War" and "Jesus, Etc." The critically acclaimed group reveals not only inimitable musicianship, but also a wide range of music with hints of country, rock, punk and, perhaps most of all, experimentalism.
At The Fader Sideshow
Runtime: 19 minThe jam indie rock trio White Denim hail from Austin, Texas, where bandmates Josh Block (drums), Steve Terebecki (bass), and James Petralli (guitars, vocals) first set up shop in 2005. All three members were veterans of the Austin scene; Block and Petralli had previously played together in the alt-rock band Parque Torche, while Terebecki was a member of Peach Train. Drawing from a number of punk and garage rock influences, the group fashioned a hard-hitting sound with crunchy guitar riffs and frantic energy.