Friday Night: Dinosaur Jr. at Fitzgerald's

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Dinosaur Jr.
October 5, 2012

According to the scene at Fitzgerald's Friday night, the '90s are alive and well. Fans flocked to the venue to see reigning hard rockers Dinosaur Jr. -- and many were turned away, as the show sold out.

The last time we'd seen Dinosaur Jr. was at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival in 2008. It was a treat to see them in a more intimate club atmosphere.

The stage was set with tall walls of amps, countless pedals, and a backdrop of the band's new album, I Bet On Sky. The instant front man J Mascis stepped onstage, the crowd erupted in utter awe. With his distinguishable stream of silver hair in his face, he didn't smile or address the crowd -- per usual.

The band, which first began playing together in 1984, kicked off their set with Sky's closing track, "See It On Your Side."

"All right," Mascis said, after the song. "Thanks a lot." It would be among the only words we heard him speak all night.

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In addition to showcasing many Sky newbies, the band weaved through their lengthy repertoire, pulling songs from Bug, You're Living All Over Me, Green Mind and Dinosaur.

Mascis tuned his guitar after every single song, which is unsurprising, considering how intricately he plays it. If there's anyone destined to be a guitar player in this world, it's J Mascis. From his guitar tone, to his massive pedal incorporation, to his countless crammed solos, he defines the ultimate rock guitarist. And he makes it all seem so effortless.

Equally as entertaining to observe was bassist Lou Barlow, who puts most other bassists to shame. Unlike Mascis, who seemed characteristically apathetic onstage, Barlow was jovial and talkative. He smiled at the crowd, and was visibly into every song.

"Thank you very much," Barlow said between songs, following the onset of a '90s nostalgic mosh-pit and some crowd-surfing. "You're a crazy Houston Friday night crowd!"

Barlow also took time to point out the '90s (and earlier) T-shirts in the crowd, including someone wearing Seaweed T, and another sporting Half Japanese.

Location Info



2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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Alex Skalany
Alex Skalany

Saw them in NOLA a few days ago. Ears were ringing for two days after their set. Wouldn't have it any other way

Valeria Nava Howard
Valeria Nava Howard

great fucking show. I have a huge musical crush on Lou as well. another Sebadoh tour please.

Corey Deiterman
Corey Deiterman

Also I just find it impressive that they play that loud without A) the speakers exploding and B) without it all sounding like static.


Going to see a Dinosaur Jr. show and complaining that there were too many guitar amps is like going to see Madonna and complaining that there were too many dancers.


Dinosaur Jr played a great show but unfortunately the sound was below average. Standing near the sound guy I found it very difficult to hear the vocals. Though Mascis guitar playing was excellent, three full stacks seemed like overkill. Perhaps they thought the gig was at Warehouse? Next time Fitz has a band that is worthy of $25 ticket hopefully they will hire someone who has a clue about running live sound.

Corey Deiterman
Corey Deiterman

Loudest band I've ever seen, with apologies to Motorhead.

Geoff Widmier
Geoff Widmier

I saw Dinosaur Jr at Lollapalooza circa 1994 and had to move about a mile from the stage and then all the way over to the side by the fence because they were so loud. I'd like to see them in concert again, but only if I can bring some industrial ear plugs. I don't get the point of playing that loud. I've seen Pantera, Ted Nugent, Ministry, etc, and they all rocked harder but nobody else played nearly that loud.

BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

So much riffage! Mascis is god. Great show!

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