Photographs by Eric Lawson & Written by Justin Gillet
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis and supporting act Black Heart Procession played The Independent on Wednesday and managed to showcase a slightly doleful style of music that’s oftentimes a rare find amid today’s music scene with hyperactive musicians full of faux jubilation. Though Black Heart Procession was scaled down to a duo for its performance, the two guys on stage didn’t have any trouble keeping the gaze of the audience affixed (especially with one of the members occasionally playing a saw with a violin bow to create an eerie, almost theremin -like sound).
J Mascis’ solo acoustic set helped show a side of the singer/songwriter that isn’t always exposed when he’s playing with Dinosaur Jr. Without any sort of backing band he was able to prove that he’s more talented musician that he often gets credited. Mainly playing a laconically strummed style on his six-string, Mascis let his striped down music speak for itself and didn’t try to bolster it with any sort of convoluted instrumental pageantry.