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Most nights, there is usually good live music happening somewhere in D.C., but Saturday was extra special, especially for people with a taste for distortion and post-punk hooks. Bob Mould brought bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster to the 9:30 Club on Saturday to play all of Sugar‘s Copper Blue on its 20th anniversary, as well as tracks from Mould’s new record, Silver Age, and his old band, Hüsker Dü. Mould has veered toward electronic music in recent years, but it was clear Saturday that he’s returned with a fresh take on his bombastic guitar sound. Local band Edie Sedgwick (disclosure: City Paper contributer Justin Moyer is a member) opened with its own driving mixture of distorted post-punk.
A few blocks away at the Black Cat, the loud and fuzzies continued with the giant ball of sound known as Mission of Burma. In 2008, drummer Peter Prescott said that the band would only be around for a couple more years at most. But now it’s four years, and based on Saturday’s performance, Mission of Burma doesn’t look to be disappearing anytime soon.
Check the gallery to see photos from all shows.