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Photos: Dinosaur Jr @ Black Cat

Some bands say they play loud; some may claim to be the loudest. I wonder if those bands have seen Dinosaur Jr.

At Thursday's sold-out show at Black Cat, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph brought walls upon walls of Marshall amplifiers. Anyone standing near the club's house speakers would have been in for a world of pain—even wearing higher grade ear plugs, as I was. Dinosaur Jr. might be on its 10th album (I Bet On Sky), but it hasn't yet sacrificed its commitment to eardrum-blasting sonic assault.

You'd think that kind of volume wouldn't leave room for perceptible melodies, but you'd be wrong. "I've always loved the pretty melodic ideas [J. Mascis] has mixed with the loud freakouts," says local musician Mark Cisneros. "He's definitely a real-deal guitar hero."

See photos from the show in the gallery.

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