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Dinosaur Jr. Tackles TV, Summer Shows

The reunited original lineup of influential modern rock act Dinosaur Jr. will perform on television for the first time April 15 on CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.” The following day, guitarist J Mascis will play at Los Angeles’ Spaceland club with his band the Fog, as well as guests described only as “very special.” As previously reported, Dinosaur Jr. will this summer play its first shows with the lineup of Mascis, bassist/future Sebadoh leader Lou Barlow and drummer Murph since 1989. The only confirmed dates at deadline are June 8 in London, June 10 at the U.K.’s Download Festival and July 29-31 at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. Last week, Merge reissued the band’s first three albums, “Dinosaur,” “You’re Living All Over Me” and “Bug,” with remastered audio and smattering of bonus tracks and rare photos. Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Mike Watt and Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard contributed to new liner notes. In related news, Barlow, who just finished a run of dates in support of his new Merge album “Emoh,” reports on his official Web site: that he recently spent time with Sebadoh drummer Eric Gaffney. The experience “bodes well for some comprehensive Sebadoh reissues in the future,” he said. (via BB)