Indie icon Lou Barlow always stays in perpetual motion. Over the past decade or so, he has put out solo albums and reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and, in 2007, he reignited Sebadoh, the bristly, sometimes melancholic indie-rock group he formed after he was kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. in the late ’80s. These days, he’s pulling double- or triple-duty, depending on which band has the most current album. The carte du jour features Sebadoh’s first album since the ’90s, Defend Yourself, which Barlow & co. put out this past September. It’s a typically quirky, shambolic and catchy offering from the group, picking up right where they left off in 1999. “Failure is a state of mind,” Barlow sings on the album’s boot-scootin’, countryish “State of Mind”; it’s an aphorism that fits Barlow’s M.O. perfectly. With Octa#grape.
Fri., Nov. 1, 9 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 30, 2013