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SXSW: Dinosaur Jr. start a mosh pit, ask why we're not watching Jack White

Full disclosure: I’m one of those people who, if told Dinosaur Jr. is playing somewhere, will immediately run to the show. I don’t even wait for the person to tell me where, I just leave and trust that I’ll find it.

Friday night, I found them at a small, off-the-beaten-path drinking hole called Bar 96 for a Filter showcase. The place was small, barely able to contain J. Mascis’ flowing white hair, let alone the hordes of drunk dudes looking to mosh the night away.

And oh, how they moshed. One of the best things about Dinosaur Jr. is that they can get gloriously loud, and a tiny stage outside a bar makes their big-and-noisy guitars bigger and noisier.

No complaints here. Somehow, the band that more-or-less began in 1982 (in the form of Deep Wound) never sound not-good. They’re not one of those reunion bands that rely on the past (*cough* The Cult *cough*). Since they got back together in 2005 (when Mascis and Lou Barlow were finally able to settle their differences), they’ve released two albums that rival their late-’80s/early-’90s classics, and their live shows still make most other bands sound like idiots.

Or maybe I’m the idiot. “I don’t know what the f— you’re doing here,” Barlow joked to the crowd during the show. “Jack White is playing solo right now. A living saint is playing right now! The savior of American music is out there, and you’re here watching some old hardcore hippies play?”

We were, and their stellar set of unsinkable ships like “Feel the Pain” and “Freak Scene” did little to make anyone regret their decision.

But Barlow has trouble letting things go. “Do you hate America?” he continued. “Somebody in this town is playing the blues right now; why are you here?”

“We’re going to play a Cure song right now,” he added. “We love the Cure more than we love the blues. F— Dinosaur Jr.!”

As expected, their famous, long-running rendition of “Just Like Heaven” whipped the crowd into a frenzy — it’s always an amazing thing to see mosh-pit bros crowdsurf to the Cure. Then, as an added treat, the band capped the night with the aptly titled oldie-but-greatie “Sludgefeast.” Yep, all other bands are idiots.

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Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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Lou Barlow, 'Take Advantage' video: An EW exclusive!

Let’s say you are indie-rock hero Lou Barlow. One morning, you walk down to your boiler room-slash-merch cellar, only to find one of your pals cold passed out underneath a pile of old Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and/or Folk Implosion t-shirts. Do you mock, rob, or otherwise take advantage of this unlucky fellow? No! Instead, you prop him up with a mic and a set of headphones and get him to sing harmony on a gentle acoustic tune, perhaps coincidentally titled “Take Advantage.” Because you are Lou Barlow, and Lou Barlow is an all-around nice guy.

Now that I have spoiled the plot of the first half of Barlow’s new music video for you, take a look below. “Take Advantage” is one of the standouts from his excellent solo album Goodnight Unknown, due Oct. 6. Right now, the Music Mix is the only place where you can watch the video he shot to accompany it. I think it’s a pretty cool song and clip. Check it out and let us know if you agree!

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Dinosaur Jr.'s 'Farm' cover art: Snap judgment

Dinosaurjr_lHere’s what I’m getting from the just-released cover art for Farm, Dinosaur Jr.’s second album since reuniting its original lineup a few years back: Guitarist J Mascis and bassist Lou Barlow are magnificent Ents from indie-rock Middle-Earth, bestriding the smog-choked metropolis that is modern music. I’ll assume drummer Murph is another Ent looming just outside this shot. Either that, or J, Lou, and Murph are the three wide-eyed spirit-children/hobbits being cradled by Treebeard and Leaflock over there.

Regardless, I hope we can all agree that this is an awesome image, and that more album art in general should incorporate trippy Lord of the Rings-inspired sketches. Between this cover and the mind- and eardrum-blowing partial set I caught from Dinosaur Jr. last week at SXSW, I’m officially psyched for Farm‘s June 23 release. How about you?

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