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Just Announced: Bob Mould is headlining Underground Arts in April

Bob Mould | Photo by Alicia J. Rose | courtesy of the artist
Bob Mould | Photo by Alicia J. Rose | courtesy of the artist

Veteran rocker Bob Mould is releasing his 12 solo album, Patch the Sky, on March 25th via Merge Records, and his spring tour in support of the album brings him to Underground Arts on April 26th. In addition to his prolific solo career, Mould is also known for fronting Sugar in the 90s and Hüsker Dü in the 80s, so the show will most likely feature a visit or two to his extensive back catalogue.  Continue reading →

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Planet JW: Guest DJ Jon Wurster returns to the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms
Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms

Tonight at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade welcomes back its resident guest DJ for another round of music and mayhem. Jon Wurster spends most of his time as the drummer for Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, but is also one half of the celebrated comedy duo behind The Best Show, Scharpling and Wurster. The last time Jon visited the studio, almost exactly a year ago, he shared memories of growing up in and around Philadelphia and played songs that were formative in his earliest days as a musician and music fan. This time, Jon will share some rare tracks from the golden age of Philly indie and hardcore, and we’ll talk about translating the long-running Best Show into a live comedy experience. You can see Jon with Tom Scharpling (and some surprise guests) as they bring The Best Show to Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

Along with Jon’s picks, we’ll hear a bunch of brand new tracks in the mix, such as…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Lorde at the Mann Center, and Bob Mould at the TLA

The Dead Milkmen
Photo via deadmilkmen.com

The City of Brotherly Love’s satirical punk-rock band Dead Milkmen headline a fundraiser at Laurel Hill Cemetery tonight; the band joked on its Facebook that the last time it played in a cemetery, the result was the “Big Time Operator” video. Formed in 1983 at Temple University, the Milkmen found success on college radio with their debut album, Big Lizard in My Backyard. Their songs ranged from tunes with nonsensical spoken intros like “Bitchin’ Camaro,” to “Takin Retards to the Zoo”, a less-than-50-second punk-joke song. Goofy lyrics dripping with a Philly accent spread their success internationally with “Punk Rock Girl,” the hit off of their sophomore album Beelzebubba, which landed with a sturdy spot on MTV’s video rotation. After reuniting in 2008 under the pseudonym Les Enfants Du Prague, the band decided to become an active group once again and set to record album The King in Yellow, which dropped March 2011. They have since released four singles including “Welcome to Undertown”, and “Big Words Make the Baby Jesus Cry”. Tickets and information on the show can be found at here. Below, watch the music video to “Punk Rock Girl.” Continue reading →

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Download “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” Bob Mould’s newest punk-from-the-heart song

Photo by Jay Blakesberg
Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Former Husker Du and Sugar front man and guitarist Bob Mould returns with a new album, Beauty & Ruin tomorrow, with Jason Narducy on bass and vocals and Jon Wurster on drums. Mould is back on point with his new release, a couple years since his 2012 release, Silver Ages. On Beauty & Rain, Mould sticks to his now classic sound, crunching out power chords, mining melodic and rocking punk-from-the-heart songs.

Below, download “I Don’t Know You Anymore” by via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bob Mould at Union Transfer, Jeff Ziegler and Tadoma at PhilaMOCA, Dominic Angellela at The Fire

It’s a great show for 90s nostalgics at Union Transfer tonight; Bob Mould, former frontman of Husker Du and Sugar, will perform the latter’s 1992 album Copper Blue in its entirety. Joining him is longtime bassist Jason Narducy, as well as Superchunk drummer John Wurster. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here for $25. Below, watch a video of the band playing “Hoover Dam.”

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File under rock: listen to a new Bob Mould song, “The Descent” (playing Union Transfer September 11th)

Photo by Peter Ellenby

Bob Mould is releasing a new album, Silver Age, on Merge Records on September 4th. Mould is also out on his Silver Age/Copper Blue tour which plays in Philly at Union Transfer on Tuesday, September 11th. For his show at Union Transfer, Mould celebrates the 20th anniversary release of the classic Sugar album, Copper Blue, by playing it in its entirety with an additional set of songs mixing in material from the forthcoming album, as well as classics from Hüsker Dü, Sugar and his solo work.