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Charting the Music: Bob Mould, 'Silver Age'

Charting the Music: Bob Mould, 'Silver Age' facebook.com/bobmouldmusic
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One of the major figures in alternative rock, Bob Mould is back to swallow you whole. Immerse yourself in the "Silver Age."

For his 10th solo album, Bob Mould echoes the sound of his Sugar project. Packed with catchy vocals and roaring guitars, "Silver Age" is sure to satisfy any fan's sweet tooth.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #5 CMJ Top 30 for the week of September 18, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: On September 4, 2012, Merge Records released "Silver Age," produced by Bob Mould.

Can be heard on: Music at Work with Curt, the Pop Life with Anton and the Mixtape with Jason Robinson.

RIYL: Paul Westerberg, Buffalo Tom and Sugar

Hometown: Malone, N.Y.

Standout tracks: "The Descent" is the third track as well as the single for the album. This jammer will have you hitting the repeat button on your stereo. On "Fugue State," Mould sings of his distaste for being pigeonholed, while "Silver Age" simply draws listeners in with plentiful riffs and melodic vocals.

About the artist: Bob Mould is responsible for Hüsker Dü and Sugar, as well as a collection of solo records. Mould has widely influenced alternative rock bands such as the Pixies, Foo Fighters and Green Day.

The band: "Silver Age" summons the return of Mould's famous trio format. Now on board are drummer Jon Wurster of Merge's Superchunk and Jason Narducy of Verbow. Both will be backing Mould throughout the "Silver Age / Copper Blue Tour" this year.

About the label: Merge was founded in 1989 by Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance as an outlet for their band Superchunk. Merge has gone on to release albums by Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, She & Him and many others. The label has also reissued deluxe versions of Sugar's "Copper Blue," "Beaster" and "File Under: Easy Listening" on vinyl and CD.

Did you know?: With help from collaborator Michael Azerrad, Mould recently published the autobiography, "See A Little Light: The Trial of Rage and Melody."

Play it while: Speeding down the highway, just for the sake of driving.

What the critics say: "'Silver Age' packs the visceral punch of prime Hüsker Dü, the sugar rush hooks of Mould's early-'90s albums with Sugar and the introspection of his underrated solo work. 'Silver Age' is a reclamation project, in which Mould retrieves his sound from years of releases that were cranky, virtuous and mild." – Allison Stewart, The Washington Post.

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