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J Mascis, Purling Hiss

When: Sat., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. 2014

Thanks to the sticky, distorted songs of Dinosaur Jr. or the brazen solos he’s added to countless sessions and live jams, J Mascis’ reputation as a lord of electric guitar volume is bound always to precede him. Still, despite an excellent Dinosaur Jr. album and a recent great release with Earthless, this has been the decade of Mascis’ softer side. The new Tied to a Star follows 2011’s acoustic Several Shades of Why; through a set of murmured, crooned and cried love-and-regret songs, its 10 tracks reveal the vulnerability of the big bandleader. Mascis’ uneven falsetto sells the sadness and sweetness well, even if the tunes sometimes err toward post-grad coffee-shop fare. Let’s hope he takes a solo with openers Purling Hiss. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $20-$22

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