Of all the 80s reunions littering the concert circuit these days, the one featuring the original Dinosaur Jr lineup has to rank as one of the unlikeliest. Anyone who’s read Michael Azerrad’s tome on the 80s underground scene, Our Band Could Be Your Life, knows that the acrimony between J Mascis and Lou Barlow was legendary. The fact that they were able to record three albums before fracturing (in a famously jerk-eriffic move, Mascis told Barlow the band was dissolving and then immediately re-formed it with drummer Murph. Barlow found out about it from watching MTV).
But time and dollar signs heal all (deep) wounds. In support of the reissue of remastered editions of Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me and Bug, the original trio has patched up their differences and are hitting the road. Torontonians looking to soak up a little ear-bleeding country can catch them at The Phoenix this Sunday, July 17, with The Meligrove Band, tickets $34.50. Note that this is an early show – doors at 6, show at 7. The Toronto Star talks to J Mascis about the reunion and tour.
Not down with the freak scene? More live music options this week after the jump.
Thursday, July 14:
The Boss does the solo acoustic thing in support of Devils & Dust in the cozy intimacy of the Air Canada Centre ($90-$110) while Swedish footballer-turned-crooner Nicolai Dunger is at the Horseshoe ($10.50). Finally, cerebral Mancunian rockers Nine Black Alps kick off their first-ever North American tour at the El Mocambo, tickets $10.
Friday, July 15:
Congratulate Avril Lavigne on her engagement at the Air Canada Centre, $48.75 or see K-OS MC the Molson Amphitheatre with John Legend and Saukrates ($32.50). Looking a little more locally, The Deadly Snakes are at the Horseshoe with Tangiers ($10), The Gardens Faithful are at the Rivoli and The Frontier Index are at The Social ($5).
Saturday, July 16:
Jon-Rae & the River wrap up a Canadian tour with a homecoming show at The Boat in Kensington with The Bicycles and Shotgun & Jaybird. $5 at the door.
Sunday, July 17:
This week’s Wavelength (number 272 if you’re keeping score) features longtime-MC Doc Pickles’ CD release, sadoceanspacebar, Elana McMurty. Sneaky Dee’s. Pay what you can.
Monday, July 18:
Pernice Brothers support Discover A Lovelier You with a tour stop here in Joe’s adopted hometown. See them at Lee’s Palace with Paso Mino for $12.50.
Tuesday, July 19:
Lou Barlow’s Sebadoh bandmate Jason Loewenstein rolls into town just a couple days after Barlow with a show at Lee’s Palace with Neva Dinova and Mayday, tickets $10.
Friday, July 20:
The American Idols Live tour hit the Air Canada Centre ($36.25-$50.75). There is so much wrong with the very existance of this show, I don’t even know where to start. Back in the real world, It’s a dance dance revolution with controller.controller and VHS Or Beta at Lee’s Palace, tickets $10.50, and Holly Golightly is at the Horseshoe, tickets $12.50.