Dinosaur Jr. split the difference at First Avenue
Dinosaur Jr. attracted a mixed crowd of young and old to First Avenue Wednesday night. As could be expected, there were plenty of bushy beards and flannel shirts milling about, but there were also a number of goatees and shaved heads in attendance to remind one that the band's following extends well beyond the current younger generation of concertgoers. Fittingly, the Massachusetts trio played a variety of songs from its '80s heyday - as well as some great cuts from its '90s back catalog - alongside more recent material in a show that had a little something for all its fans.
Opening duo MV & EE had played their bleached psych folk amidst Dinosaur Jr.'s equipment, J. Mascis' towering amplifier stacks warning of the ear-damaging squall that lay in store. While J. did tear into some hot solos, the set settled into a slower tempo early on as the band played a number of songs off last summer's Farm and took its time between numbers.