As most of you probably know by now, Dinosaur Jr. headlines, and you can read Michael Alan Goldberg's take on why he thinks the new shit is at least as good as -- if not better -- than the old shit (and also, why you should really go see them just in case the honeymoon stage of band reconciliation ends sooner rather than later.) But that's the end of the show. At the very least, I highly recommend getting there early enough to see Viva Voce's airy psych-pop (bring yr one-hitters, stoneys), but Champagne Champagne, one of Seattle's finest hip hop acts, also puts on a kickass show 100% of the time. If you're more into rocking out, come in time to see Japandroids and Born Anchors.
Brantley Gutierrez Dinosaur Jr.
In fact, the only band I'm not sold on that's on tomorrow's bill is Cymbals Eat Guitars. They say they're experimental pop. I say there's nothing experimental about trying to be Pavement, Sonic Youth and Sunny Day Real Estate-in-one. A lot of bands try this, most of them unsuccessfully, and yet, I gotta give credit where credit's due: The band employs unusual song structures and writes tunes that more often than not, are catchy as hell. The problem here is Joseph Ferocious' voice. Whether he's shrieking or singing, this guy can out-whine Conor Oberst (not to bag on the guy too much, he's a great songwriter, but his wheedling voice...oy). If you like Conor Oberst as Bright Eyes, however, this whiny-ness will not bother you one whit. And a lot of whiny-sounding artists aren't quite as obnoxious in person-- Joanna Newsom's a good example. If you need help making up your mind, check out "Tunguska," which you can conveniently listen to AND download for free on the band's MySpace, which is pretty good once you get past the first thirty seconds or so. It all goes down at the Mural Amphitheater, which is right by the Pacific Science Center. Also, you might want to bring a raincoat -- it's supposed to drizzle tomorrow.