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Preview: Dinosaur Jr.

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the classic rockers, who come to Tipitina's this week



Every Dinosaur Jr. album before resurgent triplets Beyond, Farm and the September release I Bet on Sky should be plastered with a disclaimer for aspiring about-to-be-classic rockers experiencing their first bout of infighting — something like, "Unprofessional stuntmen. Don't try this BS at home." Immortal SST recordings You're Living All Over Me and Bug notwithstanding, the trio's 13-year first take (before convincingly playing dead from 1997-2005) is a blooper reel for a late-'80s prequel to Making the Band: high-school sweethearts turned juvenile sourpusses; a supremely talented frontman suffering from crippling social anxiety and fits of megalomaniacal control-freakouts, and an equally, though very differently, gifted sideman who seemed to take everything personally (and spent much of his next band projecting it). All this is now, thankfully, beside a moot point. With a mutual mea culpa in 2005, the oddest of odd couples, J Mascis (now a dead ringer for Gandalf in Chuck Taylors) and Lou Barlow, along with caught-in-the-crosshairs drummer Murph, tore up their annulment and did what all dysfunctional relationships do: They went about their business like nothing happened. I Bet on Sky, like Farm and Beyond before it, could slip into 1989 as the band's third successive MTV-era overthrow. The snappy framework of "Rude" could masquerade as a pop, country or punk hit, while first single "Watch the Corners" is an incredible sulk. "All this time/ We couldn't wait to get back," Mascis mumbles on genuinely remorseful closer "See It on Your Side." When you can't say you're sorry, sing it. Austin, Texas' Shearwater, whose February release Animal Joy (Sub Pop) is a stark tributary of Okkervil River's cold rush, opens. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 day of show. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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