Lou Barlow Jurassic Rock

‘A real bass line suggests the elements—earth, wind, and fire,” says indie-rock icon Lou Barlow, “while a guitar part represents more of an internal process.” Barlow is applying his elemental approach with a reunited Dinosaur Jr. for the first time since personality conflicts led to Lou being kicked out of the band in ’88, when he embarked on a fertile solo career. The trio’s singular combination of rock, metal, folk, and noise was captured on its first three records Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me, and Bug, all recently reissued on Merge. It was a sound that galvanized the ’80s musical underground and practically defined alternative rock.
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