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Bob Mould Goes Home

With a new album in tow, the seminal tunesmith returns to the birthplace of his musical career: Minneapolis.

Alt-rock kingpin Bob Mould may now dwell in Washington, D.C., but given his leading role in the genesis of Minneapolis’ music scene, it was only appropriate that his tour behind latest LP District Line kick off with the home team last night (March 5) at legendary venue First Avenue. With an understated look — fitted black tee, jeans, and sensible shoes — Mould filled the venue with youthful exuberance as the crowd stood motionless, in a state of awe as he lashed out with seasoned guitar chops and all its thrashing, melodic glory throughout a career-spanning set.

From the poppy perfection of District Line’s “The Silence Between Us” to Hüsker Dü classic “Divide and Conquer,” which had devout fans freakin’ like kids at a early-’80s South Minneapolis basement show, Mould’s set touched nearly every era in his prolific, nearly 30-year-long career. After two encores, the inevitable, yet warmly welcomed tune from Mould’s mid-’90s band Sugar, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” closed out the show. The stage emptied, and as roadies packed to head for Milwaukee, the tour’s next stop, fans dissipated into the same dirty city streets where the elder statesman began his musical journey all those years ago.

Bob Mould / Photo by Jonathan Behm

Bob Mould / Photo by Jonathan Behm

Bob Mould / Photo by Jonathan Behm

Bob Mould / Photo by Jonathan Behm