TVD Live Shots: Bob Mould and Ted Leo at
the 9:30 Club, 4/27

Veteran alt-rocker Bob Mould brought his myriad of talents to an adoring 9:30 Club last week for a set that included songs spanning the performer’s rather vast career. 

With his unmistakable vocals and his steady saw-like guitar patterns, Bob Mould’s delivery on stage is flawless. His guitar tone would best be described as legendary and is as unique today as it’s ever been. (And for fans of his guitar tone, Mould has been working with Australia’s Tym Guitars on a signature effects pedal called the “Sky Patch,” which will be available soon.)

The previous time Mould appeared on the 9:30 Club stage, the singer was celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his masterpiece Workbook, played in its entirety. For his current tour in support of the 2016 release, Patch The Sky (which is fabulous), Mould has a much looser approach to the songs that make it into his setlist, performing a variety of tracks that date back to his Sugar and Hüsker Dü days.

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

After about the fifth song of the evening, Mould paused to remark about how nice the 9:30 Club’s World Fair event was and even asked the audience how many people owned a copy of the 9:30 Club book and encouraged everyone to pick one up.

His set list included “A Good Idea,” “Changes,” “The End of Things,” “Voices in My Head,” “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” “Hoover Dam,” “Hardly,” “Getting Over It,” “Celebrated Summer,” “Love Is All Around,” “Makes No Sense at All,” and the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat” with Jon Wurster on vocals and Ted Leo on drums.

Opening the evening’s festivities was a stellar performance by the incredible Ted Leo of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Citizens Arrest, and The Broth.

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Bob Mould performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

TED LEO 

Ted Leo performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

Ted Leo performs at 930 Club in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016 (Photos by Richie Downs).

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