On April 7th, one of the most important figures in the American rock underground, Bob Mould, will celebrate the release of his evocative new record Life And Times by saluting the 20th anniversary of the album which first established him as a preeminent solo artist. For Mould's DC area show at the Birchmere Music Hall, he has gathered acoustic combo of long time collaborators Jason Narducy (bass, guitar), Amy Domingues (cello), and Richard Morel (keyboards) in order to interpret songs from his seminal 1989 offering Workbook as well as the brand new Life and Times.
Bob Mould: "I remember the DC show in May 1989 promoting Workbook. Twenty years later it will be great fun to return to the DC area with those songs in hand and a new interpretation in mind. Many of the songs on Life And Times are a nod to that era. I am planning a special night of music and the Birchmere is the ideal room for this rendition. April 7 will be another day for me to remember: a one-of-a-kind show on the release day of Life And Times for the hometown crowd."
Acclaim For Life And Times:
"With his second album in 13 months, "Life and Times" (Anti), the man who put the howl in Husker Du and the super-sized melodies in Sugar has been on a mid-career songwriting roll. Introspection reigns and devastation shadows every verse, but as usual the hooks abound, and when he lights into a guitar solo ("Wasted World") or rides a Sugar-sized wave ("Argos"), he reminds us all that he practically invented indie rock." - Chicago Tribune
"This ninth solo album finds the former HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ and Sugar firebrand still making a mark. An eclectic, at times explicit, exploration of love, loss and lust, it's the work of a skilled songwriter comfortable in his own skin and canon. The songs revisit most of Mould's major milieux - punk rock, hard pop, edgy electronica - with the benefits of age and experience." - The Guardian
"So it seems the new bald, bearded and kinda buff Bob is warming up to his legacy while continuing to craft it. That's evident on his new album, Life and Times, complete with dirty lyrics, messy punk growls, and the wide spectrum of sound and storytelling Bob Mould fans haven't heard in a while. Like his first solo album, Workbook (1989), Life and Times is a stripped-down return to the basics Bob does best." - LA Weekly
Make sure to also catch Mould's session on Daytrotter.com up 3/31
Bob Mould Tour Dates: Friday, April 3, 2009 Philadelphia, PA US North Star Bar @ 7:00 PM Sunday, April 5, 2009 Charlottesville, VA US Gravity Lounge @ 9:00 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Alexandria, VA US Birchmere @ 9:00 PM Wednesday, April 8, 2009 New York, NY US Joes Pub @ 9:00 PM Thursday, April 9, 2009 New York, NY US Joes Pub @ 9:00 PM Saturday, April 18, 2009 Indio, CA US Empire Polo Field @ 12:00 PM