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'Hand It Over' Is Dinosaur Jr.'s Magnum Opus -- Too Bad It Was Too Late

The last in Cherry Red Records' four Dinosaur Jr. album reissue series, Hand It Over, makes a clear case for the appraisal of an album that deserved far more than it received.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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Dinosaur Jr. Brings a Classic Grunge Vibe to San Francisco

Dinosaur Jr. delivers a classic Gen-X sound that resonates through the ages, and there are few other artists in modern music that can rival this kind of alt-rock power.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 2 (80 - 61)

The second part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s includes Pavement, Suzanne Vega, Morrissey, Dinosaur Jr., and more.

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J Mascis: Tied to a Star

On his latest, deceptively quiet solo outing, legendary Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis wisely lets his guitar do the talking.

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2014 Nelsonville Music Festival (photos)

The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.

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The Tenth Annual Nelsonville Music Festival - A PopMatters Interview

The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival will feature performances by the Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., the Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and many others.

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Ovlov: am

Some of the year's best guitar rock, straight out of the garage.

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Dinosaur Jr. - "Pierce the Morning Rain" (video)

Dinosaur Jr.'s latest video was directed by Emmy-winning comedy writer and director Scott Jacobson of 'Bob's Burgers', 'The Daily Show', and 'Saturday Night Live'.

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Kurt Vile + Dinosaur Jr.: 1 December 2012 - Philadelphia

Even seeing your favorite band can sometimes get monotonous over the course of a three hour set. But when each song features a legendary guest you may not have seen since the 90's, there's no choice but to surrender your full attention.

Scott Yorko
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The Fishing Journal: The Fishing Journal EP

A dispatch in lo-fi aggression, the eponymous EP from Columbia, South Carolina’s the Fishing Journal is an affair more focused on catharsis than on creating new tributaries in the indie rock landscape.

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Dinosaur Jr.: Chocomel Daze (Live 1987)

While the point of Dinosaur Jr. is to pummel the listener with as much feedback and distortion as possible, to eardrum-bleeding levels, Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) is a bit of a disappointment considering the middling source of the recording.

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Dinosaur Jr.: I Bet on Sky

Don't call it just a comeback, because Dinosaur Jr. proves yet again on I Bet on Sky that you can do what you do best even better.

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J. Mascis and Me

But of all the ways J. has ever been there when I needed him, nothing comes close to the song he wrote for me: “Over It” from 2009’s Farm.

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Electronic Anthology Project: Of Dinosaur Jr.

In re-appropriating all of Dinosaur Jr.'s songs with outdated EDM equipment, a lot of these songs lose nearly all of their charm.

Steven Spoerl
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Yuck: Yuck (Deluxe Edition)

The shoegazing Brits re-release their excellent February debut album along with a bonus EP; a nice addition for fans, a must-have for the uninitiated.

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Another Shade of J: An Interview with J Mascis

With Another Shade of Why, the famed Dinosaur Jr. guitarist makes his most Dinosaur Jr.-sounding solo disc to date, and sits down with PopMatters to discuss vocal exercises, "English folky bands", and his tips for those just about to try skiing ...

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Cobra Killer: Uppers and Downers

Between the two extremes of Uppers and Downers the third choice of the happy medium would serve Cobra Killer much better.

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Dinosaur Jr.: 23.Feb.2010 - Los Angeles

Dinosaur Jr. set up shop at LA's legendary Troubador Tuesday night for a free T-Mobile Secret Show thrown in conjunction with MOG Music Network. Sean Costello was there to capture all of J Mascis' shredding.

Sean Costello
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Dinosaur Jr.: 21.Jan.2010 - Toronto

Words and Pictures by Dave MacIntyre

Dave MacIntyre
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Our Band Could Be Your Life. Again. Band Reunions Redefined in the 2000s

The decade's most memorable reunion stories have not been cash grabs by classic rock giants, but unexpected comebacks by some of indie's most valuable players. Here's why.

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Dinosaur Jr.: 2 April 2009 - Providence, RI

It’s quite rare that I leave a show wanting to immediately listen to the act I just saw onstage.

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Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur Jr. [DVD]

Dinosaur Jr.'s original line-up is back together and this live document from 2005 proves age has not diminished the power of the original trio.

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Dinosaur Jr.: Beyond

Beyond is the sound of a sorely missed band's return to form. Make no mistake, these guys haven't sounded this good in 20 years.

Matthew Fiander
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Birdmonster, Kate Havnevik, J Dilla...

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Dinosaur Jr.: Green Mind

Cleaned up a little but raging, alienated and freakin' loud as ever, J makes his uneasy peace with mass distribution.

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Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me

The best of the early Dino Jr reissues, this recording proves its relevance. Again.

Jill LaBrack
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Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur

The oft-overlooked debut from Dinosaur Jr. shows a band that has its flaws, but is clearly on the verge of something big.

David Malitz
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Dinosaur Jr.: Bug

How something so dissonant and detached can still remain so ebulliently catchy reveals itself to be Bug's greatest strength.

Lance Teegarden
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