I caught Dinosaur Jr. at the Prophet Bar (formerly Gypsy Tea Room) in Dallas on Saturday and what an amazing show! The set was a good mix of tracks off the new album mixed in with a healthy dose of classics. Freak Scene is a staple and of course was fantastic. They also played a Deep Wound track, Mascis and Lou Barlow's first hardcore band, which was a nice treat. I'm really digging the new album, it's a bit mellower with a funky feel to some of the tracks. J. Mascis effortlessly shredded his way through the entire set. He looked like he could have ripped any of his solos in his sleep. That guy is definitely underrated. A while back I read the Rolling Stone list of the 100 greatest guitar players on the website and he barely made the cut, but they must have revised it since b/c I picked up the special edition they released and no J. Mascis. He's no longer listed on the website either. Bummer.
Anyway all in all this was a great show. The only (very minor) disappointment was the exclusion of No Bones and/or Sludgefeast, 2 of my favorites that they have been playing at a lot of their recent shows, and nothing off of their last album, Farm (phenomenal!). A couple of good surprises were The Post and In a Jar. Either way I love the fact that they play a different set at every show with a few staples, it's so boring when bands play the entire same set for a whole tour.
28 years in and Dinosaur Jr. definitely still has it!