Reports of the death of Bob Mould-as-rocker have been greatly
exaggerated. Still, things were looking a bit dire some years ago,
when it seemed like the 47-year-old singer-guitarist was walking away
from his iconic, influential six-stringery to craft, well, sometimes
quite dodgy dance and electronic music. But on 2005's excellent Body
of Song, Mould's guitars roared back to life, particularly during the
tour in support of it. His Neumo's gig that fall was easily one of the
loudest shows I've attended in the past decade, the volume generated
by a crack new backing band anchored by former Fugazi drummer Brendan
Canty. Mould's new District Line is even crunchier in spots, and as
par for his course, delivers hope and heartbreak in equal measures.
And not that Mould has ever really been shy about breaking out some
Hüsker Dü and Sugar songs during his solo career, but he's recently
shown a willingness to dig even deeper into both of those bands'
catalogs, so you may be in for some rare treats this evening. Don't
forget the earplugs! With Saturna. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
Listen to a sample of The Bob Mould Band's "Stupid Now."
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Sat., March 29, 8 p.m., 2008