J. Mascis likes them apples

Wondering where long-haired Dinosaur Jr. guy J. Mascis has disappeared to of late?

Get ready — the master of squealing alt-rock riffology is back, even appearing Jan. 14 at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco.

But not in the way fans might be expecting.

He’s part of a brand-new outfit called Sweet Apple, and backing their Tee Pee debut disc “Love & Desperation.” But the group’s story doesn’t start with him, however, but with Cobra Verde frontman John Petkovic.

When his mother passed away from a protracted battle with cancer, a depressed Petkovic decided to deal with the pain the only way he knew how — by a long, peaceful road trip east from his home in Cleveland.

Along the drive, he got a phone call from Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple, who invited him to Brattleboro, Vt., where the duo wound up jamming with mutual chum Mascis.

Once the trio added Cobra Verde alum Tim Parmin, Sweet Apple ripened — a fruit that didn’t fall far from the noisy Dinosaur Jr. tree. Better bring your earplugs for this three-guitar assault.

For more information, visit www.sweetapplesongs.com.

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