The reunited Dinosaur Jr. cranks it up at the House of Blues on Tues. April 4. The three founding members — guitarist/singer J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer “Murph” — finally make it to the Carolinas with their frightening wall of sound and aggressive approach to delivering melodic rock songs. North Carolina indie Merge Records re-released Dinosaur Jr.’s first three albums last spring. Dinosaur (originally released on the Homestead label), You’re Living All Over Me
, and Bug (both released on SST Records) included the original cover artwork with additional band photos, bonus tracks, and extensive new liner notes.


Chapel Hill funk/fusion (or “organic hip-hop”) six-piece Dirty5Thirty bring some jazzy grooves back to King Street this weekend in support of an album titled Itsnotgonnabelikeitwasbefore. The band last played in town at Cumberland‘s in Feb. and aim to follow up “with the hip college crowd” with a show on Fri. March 31 at O’Malley’s and on Sat. April 1 at Charleston Beer Works. Check www.dirty5thirty.com.


The 4th annual Heritage Biker Rally cranks up at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson on Fri. April 7 and continues through Sun. April 16. The opening night features live performances from Detroit bad boy Kid Rock (tickets are $25 day of show, $15 advance). Check www.heritagemotorcyclerally.com for full details.


Black River Records announced a May 2 release date for local favorite The Blue Dogs‘ new 17-song concert album, Live at Workplay Theatre, recorded in Jan. ’05 at the Birmingham, Ala. concert venue. Look for the band this week at an outdoor, post-Bridge Run show at the Westlake Amphitheater in Mt. Pleasant (252 Ponsbury Road in I’On) at 3 p.m. on Sat. April 1. Check www.bluedogs.com.


The Pour House‘s busiest band night this month might be Fri. March 31 when the “Mini Bluegrass Festival” kicks off at 8 p.m. with mountain music and string jams from The Natty Bridge Allstars — featuring mandolinist Mark Shimmick and banjo player Andy Thorn (both of Natural Bridge), along with members of The Biscuit Burners, The String Dusters, The Packway Handle Band, and The Little Country Giants. Tickets are $8. Check www.charlestonpourhouse.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann