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Your Bob Mould refresher course: A punk legend comes to town

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Hank Shteamer
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Pssst… Hey, you, indie-rock musician aspiring to age gracefully: Pay attention, Bob Mould is in town. Best known as leader of Hüsker Dü, the ’79–’88 Minneapolis melodo-punk juggernaut that raised the bar for catchiness and ferocity in hardcore and beyond, the 53-year-old has reinvented himself countless times since that era without losing the thread. (Well, by his own admission, there have been a few missteps, which you can read about in his awesome 2011 memoir.) Mould plays Bowery Ballroom tonight, kicking off a three-show run; he's at the same venue tomorrow, and at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday. In advance of the gigs, here's a look back at a few of Mould's career highlights:

Hüsker Dü rocking out on, yes, The Late Show with Joan Rivers (RIP):

"See a Little Light," an excellent—and impressively un-Hüsker-like—single from Mould's 1989 solo debut, Workbook:

An introduction to Sugar, the second great Mould-fronted power trio:

A taste of the gay dance bacchanal that is Blowoff, which Mould cohelms with Richard Morel:

And finally, a recent TV performance of a track from Mould's killer new solo disc, Beauty & Ruin:

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