Dinosaur Jr to test new material in small U.S. venues

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Dinosaur Jr is seemingly one of the few bastions of the '80s/'90s underground rock guard playing it straight and not teasing their fans at the moment. We have the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine saying they're back together, playing a few token shows, disappearing for a while then coming out of their shell again. Who knows when to expect anything?

J Mascis and company have, on the other hand, since their 2005 reunion, released 2007's rather excellent Beyond and are now back with a new album slated for later this year. The band recently signed to indie label Jagjaguwar, home to artists such as Bon Iver, Okkervil River, South and Ladyhawk.

To test out some of the new material, the band is hitting a bunch of smaller venues throughout the month of April. A free, limited-edition 7-inch is in it for all ticket buyers, featuring two songs recorded live at a Pitchfork.tv session, "I Don't Want to Go There" and "Tarpit." The former is supposedly going to be on the new record. But if you have any inkling you think you might want to go, now's the time to make up your mind. These aren't exactly huge venues.


20 - Austin, Texas @ Cedar St. Courtyard

1 - Milford, Conn. @ Daniel Street
2 - Providence, R.I. @ Club Hell
3 - Portland, Maine @ The Station
4 - South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
6 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ The Town Ballroom
7 - State College, Pa. @ Lulu's
8 - Akron, Ohio @ Musica
9 - East Lansing, Mich. @ The Small Planet
10 - Bloomington, Ind. @ Bluebird Nightclub
11 - Dekalb, Ill. @ Otto's Nightclub
13 - Chattanooga, Tenn. @ Rhythm and Brews
14 - Memphis, Tenn. @ Minglewood Hall
15 - Baton Rouge, La. @ The Varsity Theatre
16 - Little Rock, Ark. @ Revolution Music Room
17 - Fayetteville, Ark. @ George's Majestic Lounge
18 - Oxford, Miss. @ Proud Larry's
20 - Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
21 - Augusta, Ga. @ Sky City
22 - Gainesville, Fla. @ Common Grounds
23 - Tallahassee, Fla. @ The Moon
24 - Jacksonville Beach, Fla. @ Freebird Live
25 - Charleston, S.C. @ The Music Farm
26 - Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
27 - Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat's Cradle
29 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Neighborhood Theatre
30 - Richmond, Va. @ Toad's Place Richmond

1 - Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club
2 - Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar

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