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Way back in 1990, Thalia Zedek (vocals and guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar and vocals), Arthur Johnson (drums) and Sean O’Brien (bass) were all playing in different bands when they met through a mutual acquaintance in Boston. They began jamming together and formed the dark blues-rock outfit Come. Two years later, their acclaimed debut, Eleven: Eleven, was recorded in little more than a week and released on Matador Records. Entertainment Weekly glowingly referred to it as “a captivating blast of ennui and feedback that may be Matador’s finest moment yet.” Not only did the album receive some serious media love, big-time musicians like Kurt Cobain, Bob Mould and J Mascis all publicly praised it. Three more excellent—and almost as equally dark—albums followed: After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell came out in 1994, Johnson and O’Brien left the band. Several musicians filled in on 1996’s Near-Life Experience, before Winston Bramen (bass) and Daniel Coughlin (drums) joined Come for their fourth full-length, Gently, Down the Stream, which came out in 1998. But then other than a few reunions over the years, that was pretty much it … until recently. On the heals of its 20th anniversary, Eleven: Eleven, which had long been out of print and much sought after, has been reissued, and the original lineup of Come (above, doing “Dead Molly,” “Submerge,” “Bell” and “William” in France) is back together. And now, after all these years, you can finally see them onstage again tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.
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Bob Mould – The Bowery Ballroom – February 26, 2013
To get started last night at The Bowery Ballroom, Bob Mould needed just a little bit of help. Something was wrong with his guitar’s connection to the amp, but with just a tap by his stage manager, the blue Fender kicked to life. “I’m out of my mind,” Mould said laughing as he ripped into “The Act We Act” to start the show. Needless to say, Mould didn’t need any help after that.
Backed by Jason Narducy on bass and Superchunk’s Jon Wurster on drums, Mould breathlessly tore through highlights of his impressive musical career. His nonstop grin seemed to be fueled by the freight train’s pace at which they played. The set’s first half
was a carousel of music from his different bands. Sugar’s “A Good Idea” was followed by “Changes,” and then before you knew it, Hüsker Dü songs like “I Apologize” were pouring out as well.
But before Mould jumped into the material from his newest album, Silver Age, he finally took a quick break to crack jokes with the older crowd: “How many people got babysitters until 1 a.m.?” He then settled right back into focusing only on the microphone, his guitar and showing that his new music perfectly meshes with the old, with wild songs like “The Descent” and the whip-cracking solos he’d let rip during them all. —Sean O’Kane
In the music world, if people know you’re name from even just one project, there’s a pretty good chance you’re doing something right. And if audiences recognize you for two influential bands (one of them iconic) plus an acclaimed solo career, well, you just might be Bob Mould. Raised in rural Upstate New York, he headed to college in Minnesota, ultimately making a home in the Twin Cities and forming Hüsker Dü—Mould on guitar and vocals, Grant Hart on drums and vocals, and Greg Norton on bass—in the late ’70s. Initially a thrashing punk band, their sound grew more melody driven but not any quieter. And while they didn’t find the success of R.E.M., they became indie-rock pioneers, paving the way for groups like the Pixies, Superchunk and Nirvana. But alas, for a variety of reasons, it wasn’t meant to last, and Hüsker Dü broke up while on tour in 1987.
So Mould went solo, releasing the excellent Workbook two years later. It was a big departure from his previous work, with much of the album acoustic with a strong folk bent. Another solo effort followed before he again formed a power trio—with David Barbe on bass and Malcolm Travis on drums—the more radio friendly Sugar. Their debut LP, Copper Blue, out in ’92, earned applause from critics and fans alike. But by 1995, Mould had ended the band and gone it alone again. He’s dutifully recorded more material and toured ever since. And his tenth solo album, the well-received Silver Age (stream it below), came out last year. Watch Bob Mould, above, performing “Keep Believing” on Conan and then go see him live at The Bowery Ballroom tonight and tomorrow, where he’ll play selections from Silver Age, Hüsker Dü, Sugar and his solo classics.
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