Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. have always been a vehicle for J Mascis' grungy guitar style, ragged vocals, and inward-looking lyrics—a combination that owed as much to Neil Young as to the postpunk fury of such early Eighties alternative pioneers as Hüsker Dü. From early on, rock journalists tagged Mascis -- known for his lethargic, reserved demeanor and reclusive lifestyle — as a slacker. But Dinosaur Jr. laid the groundwork for many breakthrough alt-rock acts of the Nineties — from Nirvana on down.

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