It's not often that one gets the opportunity to witness the rock royalty. But that's exactly what's in store for the audience for Thursday's double-headlining bill featuring Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill, whose combined careers span three generations of indie rock. Add to that mix a third performance, this one from the ex-outcast member of Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow, who'll be backed by aptly named The Missing Men, and all the pieces are in place for a legendary evening.
Both headliners specialize in the meandering guitar heroism that seems all but lost in today's rock world: Built to Spill's Doug Martsch paints his airy pop tenor against the intricacies, while Dinosaur Jr. features the melodic drawl of J Mascis to go with its lo-fi fuzz.
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Just don't think that these senior rockers are spinning the wheels of their career, eager to cash in on a check from their longtime fans. No, sir, these guys are putting out some of the best music from their mythological bodies of work. And all three acts on this bill are backing a magnificent 2009 release (see our review of Built to Spill's new album, There Is No Enemy, on page 45), so you can be sure that there will be enough indie rock influence floating from the rafters to spawn 10 Nirvanas. That's in reference to the band, by the way. But come Thursday night, Buddha territory may just be breached.