KEXP New Home Grand Opening: Bob Mould

KEXP New Home
04/16/2016
Scott Kulicke
photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Bob Mould occupies an important role in the history of American rock, having been behind seminal groups like Hüsker Dü and Sugar and then pursuing a lengthy and varied solo career. So his appearance at our Grand Opening was particularly exciting for rock veterans and the grunge sector. He eschewed what we normally think of when we hear "solo guitar set," opting to sling the electric with full distortion, bellowing his lyrics in a voice prototypic for singers like Eddie Vedder, dripping in sweat by the end of the first song.

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Mould earned a long, loud applause when he took a moment out of his set to preach the gospel of local radio: at a time when it's easy to pay a per-month fee for unlimited streaming from a "huge, data-mining corporation" (a description that inspired several of those piercing, baseball game whistles), it's important not to forget that local radio gives you music you never knew you needed, while paying attention and advocating for local community causes that something like Spotify would never know about. We love you, too, Bob!

photo by Amber Knecht
photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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