Dinosaur Jr. still kick ass; tours to prove it…

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As if my ears weren’t still bleeding from last summer, Dinosaur Jr. has decided to hit the road again. This time around, they’re going everywhere. So, grab the ear plugs, scuff up that flannel, and grow out the hair, the Amherst, MA trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and the lovable Murph – are coming to your town. If there’s ever been a moment for the band to celebrate, it’s right now.

dinosaur jr 300x219 Dinosaur Jr. still kick ass; tours to prove it...After recently signing with new label Jagjaguwar, the ’90s noise-rockers have Sharpie‘d their calendar with dates that bring ’em all the way to SXSW in Texas and back to Connecticut to start the tour proper. What’s more is that while they’re going to be sweatin’ away in dozens of intimate clubs all spring and early summer, they actually plan on releasing a new album. Yes, the follow up to 2007’s insanely awesome Beyond is just around the corner. Ooo, my heart just skipped.

For now though, J Mascis has been kind enough to lend some tunes. Those who purchase tickets on the upcoming jaunt will be rewarded, digitally of course, with a new song “I Don’t Wanna Go There”, and an old song, “Tarpit”, off of their 1987 sophomore effort, You’re Living All Over Me. Basically, since you’re all going to buy tickets to see ’em (right?), he’s giving ’em away for free.

Now what about festival appearances? Given that the band finishes its tour early May, there’s still a chance they could hop on some summer festivals, namely Lollapalooza. Hell, they could even do a repeat of Pitchfork. Or, they just might end up in the cool refines of the studio and chill out. The latter is more likely, but one can always hope, right?

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Dinosaur Jr. 2009 Tour Dates
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Cedar St. Courtyard
04/01 – Milford, CT @ Daniel Street
04/02 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
04/03 – Portland, ME @ The Station
04/04 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04/06 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
04/07 – State College, PA @ Lulu’s
04/08 – Akron, OH @ Musica
04/09 – East Lansing, MI @ The Small Planet
04/10 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub
04/11 – Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s Nightclub
04/13 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews
04/14 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
04/15 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
04/16 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room
04/17 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
04/18 -  Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
04/20 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
04/21 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City
04/22 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
04/23 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
04/24 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
04/25 -  Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
04/26 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
04/27 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
04/29 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
04/30 – Richmond, VA @ Toad’s Place Richmond
05/01 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
05/02 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar