Bob Mould’s 13th solo album might be the fiercest thing he’s put to tape since his days fronting Husker Du. Though the guy who practically invented alt-rock never really softened with age, songs like “The End of Things” are shockingly fast and furious. Mould displays the energy of a man less than half his age on songs like the breakneck-speed “Hands Are Tied.” Though less concerned than ever with anything constituting a shiny pop song, his sense of melody is as strong as ever on catchy songs like “Hold On” and “Pray for Rain,” which sound like lost Alternative Nation hits. His returning backing band of bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats) keep things excitingly full-throttle over unfussy arrangements on songs like the shoegazey “Lucifer and God” and the brutal “Losing Time.” Who needs a Husker Du reunion when Mould’s solo career is still going this strong?
Hey! It’s almost spring. That means a ton of great albums are on the way. Check out this list of 20 that we’re looking forward to.
The alt-rock trio’s third album was recorded in the band’s native Wales. Check out the fun video for “The Last Thing on my Mind” below, which flips the tables on the female objectification. (It’s kinda NSFW.)
The former lead singer of Husker Du and Sugar’s latest album is a “triumph of opposing forces and properties” from “the master of balancing personal darkness with melodic brightness,” according to a press release. Watch the video for the introspective “Voices in My Head” below.
SKY FERREIRA, Wednesday, February 19
Sky Ferreira’s show at Amoeba Hollywood was one of those great zeitgeisty shows where we knew we were all seeing a huge new star at the height of her hype and acclaim. Ferreira was charming and cool, engaging with the tons of young fans who came out to see her and pulling out a surprise by coming back to the stage to sing her breakthrough song, “Everything Is Embarrassing.” Read my review of the show here.
DEAP VALLY, Tuesday, May 13
The duo of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards pulled out blistering fuzz-rock guitars and caveman stomp with hair-flying abandon at this punchy performance of tunes from their debut record, Sistrionix. Troy and Edwards easily worked the crowd into a froth and left them wanting more.
This summer Bob Mould stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a short but raucous set for a packed room. The singer-songwriter's musical career began in 1979 when he formed Husker Du, a legendary punk rock band that would influence the likes of the Pixies and Nirvana. After the dissolution of HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ in the late 1980s, Mould started working on the material that would become Workbook, his first solo outing. In 1992, he formed the alternative rock band Sugar, which would become his most commercially successful project. Four years later, Mould returned to the stage as a solo artist once more.
In June 2014, Merge Records released his eleventh studio album, Beauty & Ruin, which led to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, WTF with Marc Maron, and NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. Mould performed to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood on release day, tearing through songs at a fast and furious pace. You can see him live around the US, with opening band Cymbals and Guitars, before heading out to Europe and the UK later this fall.
Amoeba Hollywood’s next charity auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. with guest host Timothy Simons.
Some of the stuff you’ll be able to bid on includes:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T)
- VEEP goodies, including an autographed copy of Episode 309, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy
- Meet & greet backstage pass to Patton Oswalt’s 9/13 show at Largo
- Gift certificates to cool places
- Concert tickets, including Bob Mould at the Roxy, Alt-J at the Greek, Lily Allen at Palladium, Lykke Li at Palladium, Mac DeMarco at the Fonda, Blonde Redhead at the Fonda and Zola Jesus at the El Rey
- Collectibles, oddities and much more!
This auction will go to benefit the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts' Theater Program. Amoeba matches winning bids up to $1000. LAHSA is a specialty school focusing on the performing arts that is open to enrollment for students within LAUSD. Find out more about the school here.