Dinosaur Jr. (Night 2)

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Dinosaur Jr. (Night 2)

  • Ages 16+
  • Presented by DSP Shows

Dinosaur Jr. w/ MAN ON MAN at Race Street Live in Holyoke, MA (Night 2)

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Race Street Live 114 Race St. Holyoke, MA 01040

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Performers

Headliners

  • Dinosaur Jr.

More Performers

  • MAN ON MAN

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

Night 2!

Tickets for Night 1 (Wednesday, November 23rd) are available HERE.

Entry requirements are subject to change. By purchasing tickets to this event you agree to abide by entry requirements in effect at the time of the event. If there are any changes to entry requirements, ticket holders will be notified by email and updates will be posted at racestreetlive.com.

Current Protocols:

  • Proof of Vaccination: Not required.
  • Proof of Negative Covid 19 Test: Not required.
  • Face Coverings: While mask-wearing is not required at this time, we still strongly encourage wearing a mask when not actively eating and drinking to protect yourself and others.

General admission standing room only.

DINOSAUR JR.

Sweep It Into Space

Here is Sweep It Into Space, the fifth new studio album cut by Dinosaur Jr.. during the 13th year of their rebirth. Originally scheduled for issue in mid 2020, this record's temporal trajectory was thwarted by the coming of the Plague. But it would take more than a mere Plague to tamp down the exquisite fury of this trio when they are fully dialed-in. And Sweep It Into Space is a masterpiece of zoned dialing.

In the decades since the release of Dinosaur Jr.'s original triptych of foundational albums, it has become clear that their sound -- once hailed as a sort of almost-tamed noise -- is/was/always-has-been fully functioning pop music of a sort. The subsequent generations of bands who grew up breathing Dino's fumes managed to tinker around with the edges of their original post-hardcore song-forms enough for listeners to realize there had always been melodies at the center of everything they did. What Dinosaur Jr.. produces is nothing but a beautiful new version of the rock continuum -- riff, power, beat and longing, created with an eye on the infinite future.

Recorded, as usual, at Amherst's Biquiteen, the sessions for Sweep It Into Space began in the late Autumn of 2019, following a West Coast/South East tour. The only extra musician used this time with Kurt Vile.

J Mascis says, “Kurt played little lead things, like 12 string one at the beginning of 'I Ran Away.' Then I ended up just mimicking a few things he'd done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound. (laughs)”

“But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. So I just ended up doing more things by myself. Like the mini digital mellotron on 'Take It Back.' Originally I'd thought I'd have Ken Mauri (who has done keyboard work for Dino in the past) come in and play piano. But when the Lock Down happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”

Indeed, Sweep It Into Space is a very cool album. As is typical, Lou Barlow writes and sings two of the album's dozen tunes and Murph's pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. Lou's songs here are as elegant as always. “Garden” is a mid-paced ballad with genteel guitar filigree giving it a '60 Brit feel in spots. And the album's closer, “You Wonder,” is a strangely excellent answer to the question -- “How would Blue Oyster Cult handle a country tune?”

J's tracks flow and flower in the different directions he often follows. Some are guitar howlers, like “I Met the Stones,” with a string sound midway between Hendrix and Asheton. Some are power ballads, like “And Me,” its lyrics atomized in a manner invented by Mascis, then famously borrowed by Kurt Cobain. And there are anomalies, like “Take It Back,” which starts with a blue-beat rhythm putting one in mind of Keith Richards' Jamaican explorations (at least for a little bit.)

But there are very few moments where you wouldn't know you were hearing Dinosaur Jr.. in blindfolded needle drop. They have a signature sound as sure as the Stooges or Sonic Youth or Discharge ever did. They continue to expand their personal universe with Sweep It Into Space, without ever losing their central core.

So if you ever do find yourself swept into space (hey, who knows?), I just hope these tunes are on your playlist.

--Byron Coley

MAN ON MAN

MAN ON MAN is an unabashed queer rock band comprised of boyfriends Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen, Crickets) and Joey Holman (Holman). Their musical landscape ranges from shoegaze to gay hymnals, and everywhere in between. What started as a way to pass the time during the initial lockdown in April of 2020 quickly became a fully realized, in-your-face queer power-punch that confronts homophobia, ageism, and fatphobia through their lyrics and visuals. The band's music is a force of celebrating queer rawness and tenderness, and it isn't afraid to be loud and proud. Their self-titled debut album was released on Polyvinyl Records in 2021. The band has extensively toured the US and UK/EU.

Dine at GCA! Judd’s Bar & Restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Food is also available during all concerts starting at 7pm.

$39.50 – $45