The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has once again turned to a '90s indie-rock hero for its fledging contemporary music series Sound.Art.MIA.
Guitar hero J. Mascis, longtime frontman of Dinosaur Jr., will play the MIA Oct. 9, midway through a fall tour to promote his second solo album, "Tied to a Star." Tickets for the concert, co-sponsored by 89.3 the Current, are $20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the MIA's ticketing site.
The MIA launched its concert series in February with Mascis' fellow "1991: The Year Punk Broke" veteran Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), who played a roaring duet show with Bill Nace in the museum's cavernous Michael Graves-designed Reception Hall -- a setting more suited to wine, cheese and cocktail chat.
Earplugs are advised -- fans are probably still bleeding out from Dino Jr.'s most recent local concerts at First Ave and the Triple Rock. But this time out Mascis may well stick to acoustic guitar, based on a listen to the strummy new song "Every Morning" (released Tuesday along with his tour itinerary) as well as the 7th Street Entry show he played in 2011 behind his first solo effort.
Mascis talks (a little, sort of) about the new album, scheduled for release in August, in this interview clip from Sub Pop Records.