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Dinosaur Jr. kick out epic melodies, hooks, and noise on their best postreunion album

Dinosaur Jr.’s second act is a feel-good gift that keeps on giving. These unwavering indie-rock lifers seem to have access to a bottomless well of arena-ready solos and riffs, brain-sticking melodies, and hurricane-force noise. In the late 1980s, the powerhouse trio—guitarist and singer J Mascis, bassist and singer Lou Barlow, and drummer Murph—became a revolutionary […]

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Kurt Vile gets freaky again on Bottle It In

I was certain that Philadelphia musician Kurt Vile had shed all his weirdness as he grew older and his public profile leaped from underground phenom to indie success. On his breakthrough third album, 2009’s Childish Prodigy, Vile was a ramblin’ psychedelic storyteller, playing freaky fingerstyle folk through lush, hazy soundscapes. But as he began experiencing […]