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Bob Mould, All Eyes West Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 14, 8 p.m. 2012

So many critics, music nerds, and nondenominational rock fans have set up permanent residence at the altar of Husker Du that it's easy to forget that front man Bob Mould has maintained a successful career in the decades since his most iconic band called it quits. Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue (recently reissued by Merge), anchors its eccentric spin on power pop with Mould's propulsive, gnarled riffing. The trio's pitch-perfect 90s alt-rock sound leaves plenty of room for experimentation—on standout track "Hoover Dam," for instance, Sugar peels back layers of aggressively stylized guitar fuzz in order to slather the mix with flower-power synths. Mould's talent for pop hooks is alive and well on his new solo album, Silver Age (Merge), which he's described as a companion to Copper Blue. He recorded it with bassist Jason Narducy (Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk), and while the trio will certainly perform tracks from the album tonight, the main hook is that they'll play Copper Blue in its entirety. —Leor Galil See also Friday. All Eyes West opens. 9/13 is 18+, 9/14 is all ages; 9/13 sold out, 9/14 $24.

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