DAY 2, JULY 24 | 6:00 PM
Dinosaur Jr. Reunites for a Magnificent Set
J Mascis’s hair was long and unkempt when his trio Dinosaur Jr. headlined Lollapalooza in 1993. This year, it’s still long and completely gray, which didn’t stop him from playing a magnificent set. Dinosaur Jr.’s songs were college-radio staples in the 1990’s for the paradoxical way they put power-trio clout and flailing guitar solos behind Mr. Mascis’s drawled reflections on his failings. Reunited with Dinosaur Jr.’s bassist, Lou Barlow, who had gone on to start Sebadoh, he didn’t make any time for his lackadaisical side. In songs like "Sludgefeast" and "Bulbs of Passion" he sounded equally fed up with himself and the world, and then the guitar soared above it all. Is it only a booking coincidence that two of Lollapalooza’s fiercest bands, Dinosaur Jr. and the Pixies, have been "alternative" rockers from the previous decade?
Since when have the Pixies been "fierce," though? I think Pareles needs to get out more.