J Mascis, 'Several Shades of Why'

Guitar god J Mascis will unplug this spring — or, as Dinosaur Jr bandmate Lou Barlow recently put it, “pretend he’s a peace loving acoustic guy” — for a just-announced 22-date North American tour in support of his forthcoming first-ever solo studio album Several Shades of Why.

The trek, which comes a month after Barlow’s own Sebadoh tour, opens March 10 in Ithaca, N.Y., and wraps up May 7 in San Diego, with several breaks in between to space out those shows (see full dates below). Mascis will release his new album March 15 on Sub Pop; that’s the record cover above for the first time.

To help promote the release — which features guest turns by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Kurt Vile and Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, among others — Sub Pop put out a 23-second interview clip, which you can see below. It’s vintage Mascis. Plus, you can still grab a free MP3 of album track “Not Enough” right here.

See J Mascis tour dates and video after the jump…

J Mascis tour dates:

March 10: Castaways, Ithaca, NY
March 11: The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
March 22: Headroom Stages, Brattleboro, VT
March 23: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
March 24: The Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
March 25: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
March 26: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
March 30: Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
March 31: Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
April 1: Subterranean, Chicago, IL
April 2: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
April 7: The Earl, Atlanta, GA
April 8: The Melting Point, Athens, GA
April 9: The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
April 10: Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
April 29: Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
April 30: Dante’s, Portland, OR
May 3: Crepe Palace, Santa Cruz, CA
May 4: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
May 5: Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, CA
May 6: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
May 7: The Casbah, San Diego, CA

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