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J Mascis

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J Mascis is an American musician, probably best-known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for Dinosaur Jr., though he also has been an occasional producer and film composer.

Born on December 10, 1965 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Joseph Mascis founded the short-lived hardcore group Deep Wound with his high school colleagues Lou Barlow and Scott Helland in the early 1980s. He then went on to found Dinosaur Jr. (guitarist Barlow and drummer Patrick "Murph" Murphy) in 1984, which achieved national success. His vocals have been described [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:tzavqj1yojaa~T1) as "Neil Young-like" and his guitar riffs as "monolithic." After Mascis dismissed Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. in 1989, he recorded several more Dinosaur Jr. albums until 1997, including the 1996 acoustic solo album Martin & Me. He then went on to produce albums with his new band, J Mascis and the Fog starting in 2000.

In April of 2005, Mascis rejoined with Barlow and Murph, as the original trio of Dinosaur Jr., to begin a tour celebrating the re-release of the group's first three albums.

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