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Bob Mould releasing ‘Silver Age'; touring this fall (dates) including Sugar ‘Copper Blue’ 20th Anniversary shows; Merge reissuing Sugar catalog

by Bill Pearis

John, Bob and Jason

Bob Mould has signed to Merge Records who will put out his new solo album, The Silver Age, on September 4. The album was recorded with his current band, a trio that includes Superchunk wiseass John Wurster on drums and Jason Narducy (Telekinesis, ex-Verbow) on bass and is “in the punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of Sugar.”

Speaking of… Merge is also reissuing the entire Sugar catalog on CD and vinyl on July 24: there’s a 3-CD Copper Blue/Beaster combo that also includes all b-sides and a complete live set recording from their Chicago Metro set during their red hot, ear-piercing Summer 1992 tour. (I saw that tour, easily one of the loudest shows I’ve ever been to and think some of the ringing in my ears now comes from that show.) File Under Easy Listening gets a 2-CD treatment with b-sides and a 1994 tour live set. Copper Blue is one of the best albums of the ’90s, so if you’ve missed it thus far in your life, now’s your chance to get acquainted.

And with all this stuff happening, Bob is going on tour, some of which are strict Copper Blue 20th Anniversary shows. Others, like the September 7 show at Webster Hall will feature Copper Blue in full plus a set that mixes in songs from Mould’s entire career — Husker Du, solo and Sugar songs from Beaster and FUEL. No on-sale date yet for the Webster Hall show but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.

In other news, Bob Mould continues to DJ with Rich Morel as Blowoff and you can go see them spin at Highline Ballroom on June 22. Tickets are still available.

All Bob Mould and Blowoff tour dates are listed below, along with a few Sugar videos…

Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind

Sugar – Changes

Sugar – Helpless

Bob Mould – 2012 Tour Dates
June 6 – Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Double L Bar
playing solo and reading from ‘SEE A LITTLE LIGHT: The Trail of Rage and Melody’

June 9 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
BLOWOFF DJ set

June 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Blow Pop Happy Hour
(DJ Set @ Blow Fish Sushi)

June 22 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
BLOWOFF DJ set

July 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Summerfest
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

July 10 – Provincetown, MA – Boatslip
BLOWOFF DJ set

August 4 – Cork, Ireland @ Liss Ard Festival
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 6 – Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 8 – Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 9-11 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West 2012

August 11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Grote Zaal
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 13 – Codroipo, Italy @ Villa Mainin
Supporting the Foo Fighters. Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 15 – Prague, Czech Republic @ 02 Arena
Supporting the Foo Fighters. Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 16 – St. Polten, Austria @ Frequency Festival
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

August 18 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE

September 7 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 8 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 10 – Boston, MA – Paradise
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 13 – Chicago, IL – Metro
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 18 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 19 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 21 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
SILVER AGE/COPPER BLUE show

September 21-23 Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest
Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE
This festival takes place 9/21 through 9/23. Bob and his band will play one of those dates.

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