Alt icons Dinosaur Jr. school Austin
Those seeking a slice of rock ‘n’ roll schooling today needed to look no further than the Orange Stage, where two influential underground rock acts a decade apart played over the course of a few hours: Austin golden-era emo act Mineral and aged alt-rock icons Dinosaur Jr.
The trio of Dinosaur Jr., led by the ever-wizardry looking J Mascis, played near stage’s edge in front of a wall of massive amps. Over Mascis’ low-key slacker slur and the squelch of distorted guitar, there wasn’t much movement in the crowd (though I’m not sure exactly what the protocol is for showing Dinosaur Jr. you’re enjoying Dinosaur Jr. as dancing would seem as out of place as moshing.)
Though there was still room for those willing to squeeze in, the band pulled in the biggest crowd I’ve seen yet this evening, though it seemed somewhat split between Dinosaur Jr. fans and folks staking out a spot for Orange Stage closers Alt-J. (Though the relatively lighter crowds earlier in the evening could be attributed to lengthy lines outside for those picking up will call tickets.)
The set included a couple of covers, including their fuzzy take on the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and a spastic tribute to Austin punk act the Big Boys, whose song “Fun Fun Fun” is where the fest gets its name.