Thursday, May 23, 2024



Don’t expect the J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. to take the stage Saturday at The Sinclair. This headliner is the guy behind the softer, more subdued “Tied to a Star” solo album.

Haven’t heard it? Then brace yourself for a musician “now as skilled at quiet as he is with loud” (says Rolling Stone) who “doesn’t need heavy distortion to stay at the top of his game” (says New Music Express) and whose album is “subtle and understated” (says Record Collector) and “subdued” (says Paste) with “an earnestness and heart-on-his-sleeve quality [and] delicate beauty” (says Relix).

Don’t believe it? Check out the video for “Every Morning” here that seems to poke gentle fun at Mascis’ spiritual noodlings on the Hindu-themed 2005 album “J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma.” It’s a faux found footage trip back to 1974 to see whatever happened to that Space Children of the Forest cult, and it features Fred Armisen in a redemptive, satisfying jab of humor that really sells the pleasant tune serving as soundtrack. (It premiered on Funny or Die.)

But Armisen won’t be on hand Saturday, and no Dinosaur-style stomps are guaranteed either.

As an indicator of what kind of show Mascis is putting on, consider that he’s touring with Australian duo Luluc, whose music inspires similar suggestions of sweetness and light: “spectral melodies, buttery harmonies and a blissful melancholia” (says Bust); “empathetic harmonies amid … exquisite, deliberate melodicism” (says No Depression); and “impossibly delicate and deeply beautiful” (says Magnet). Here’s a video of “Small Window” from Luluc’s “Passerby” album:

J Mascis and Luluc play at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20.