SHOW PREVIEW: Bob Mould
One of the kings of the punk era returns to the 9:30 Club on September 6. Bob Mould served as one of the founding members of Minnesota’s Hüsker Dü, blending heavy distortion with an abundance of energy. He is currently on tour in support of his solo album Beauty & Ruin, which came out this June.
Michael Azerrad said it well in his profile collection Our Band Could Be Your Life: “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of getting played on an acoustic guitar.” For a taste of Mould’s early work, check out “Celebrated Summer” from New Day Rising or “Something I Learned Today” from Zen Arcade. Or take a gander at this vintage piece of mid-80s video work.
The loud guitars and catchy melodies are present to this day. Beauty & Ruin is a fun set of tunes that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 36 minutes. Mould keeps the tempos up, only settling down on the restrained “Let the Beauty Be.” If you want a peek at what the material sounds like live, check out this Foo Fighter-aided take on “The War.”

Find your inner fighting spirit and come out for a night with a veteran who has graced the club many times before! It’ll be a blast.
-Joe Ciccarello
Get tickets to Bob Mould at 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 6!

SHOW PREVIEW: Bob Mould

One of the kings of the punk era returns to the 9:30 Club on September 6. Bob Mould served as one of the founding members of Minnesota’s Hüsker Dü, blending heavy distortion with an abundance of energy. He is currently on tour in support of his solo album Beauty & Ruin, which came out this June.

Michael Azerrad said it well in his profile collection Our Band Could Be Your Life: “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of getting played on an acoustic guitar.” For a taste of Mould’s early work, check out “Celebrated Summer” from New Day Rising or “Something I Learned Today” from Zen Arcade. Or take a gander at this vintage piece of mid-80s video work.

The loud guitars and catchy melodies are present to this day. Beauty & Ruin is a fun set of tunes that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 36 minutes. Mould keeps the tempos up, only settling down on the restrained “Let the Beauty Be.” If you want a peek at what the material sounds like live, check out this Foo Fighter-aided take on “The War.”

Find your inner fighting spirit and come out for a night with a veteran who has graced the club many times before! It’ll be a blast.

-Joe Ciccarello

Get tickets to Bob Mould at 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 6!

INTRODUCING: 9:30 Ear Plugs! Reusable, made with soft, hypoallergenic silicone, and encased in a handy 9:30 keychain! Grab a pair at the next Club show you attend!

INTRODUCING: 9:30 Ear Plugs! Reusable, made with soft, hypoallergenic silicone, and encased in a handy 9:30 keychain! Grab a pair at the next Club show you attend!

ALBUM REVIEW: Ty Segall - Manipulator

With his silver lipstick, face art, and third eye tattooed on his hand, Ty Segall is making a statement with his newest release, Manipulator.

In short, Ty Segall is nothing less than a musical genius. He has released the most albums in the shortest amount of time of any artist that I’ve ever heard. Whether it’s his solo work, collaborations, the Ty Segall Band, or one of his numerous side projects (including the unparalleled Fuzz), Ty refuses to slow down. In regards to his solo work, since his debut in 2008, he has released seven albums, blessing us with at least one album a year. Last year, it was the emotional recovery, Sleeper, which was provoked by the death of his father. This year, he has transformed into a psychedelic king, showering us with seventeen tracks of bliss in his double album. Double the riffs, double the love, double the Ty.

A few weeks ago, Ty Segall took the stage on Conan and performed “Feel,” the fifth track off of Manipulator. It is the epitome of the album. About two minutes into the song, the real fuzz kicks in. With a guitar solo lasting almost a minute, Ty incorporates all of the grunge, lo-fi, and bursts of energy that we have come to expect from him. This is followed by a thirty-second simplistic drum solo that leads to the screaming of “feel” repeatedly as his voice slowly gets higher and higher, making it seem as though everything is about to combust entirely.

Not only are the guitar riffs in the album technically appealing, but the vocal harmonies are completely breath-taking. (If you ever get the chance to take your attention off the shredding, this becomes very apparent.) “Tall Man, Skinny Lady” and “The Hand” are two songs in particular that show off Ty’s impeccable range as well as his effortless musicality. “Connection Man” and the single “Susie Thumb” are two other standouts where he proves his ability to give me chills with just three chords.

Manipulator could quite possibly be the rock album of the year; every single track has the potential to be a guitar-based anthem. Ty has put my faith back in the direction of music, if only more albums like this existed. Thankfully, he is hitting the road this fall and making a stop at 9:30, where we will have the opportunity to give him the praise he deserves. This is easily Ty Segall’s best release to date.

-Katie Cheyne

See Ty Segall at 9:30 Club on Monday, September 15!

SIDE NOTES: The Afghan Whigs’ “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” Cover

What’s the point of covering a famous song if it sounds like a carbon copy of the original, right? Which is what makes the Afghan Whigs’ cover of the Police’s megapopular song “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” so unique and great. The band covers the track with their signature pseudo-southwestern, creepy-bar-dude vibes. The result is a droning, disorienting midday nap of a tune with a completely different subtext.

-Kelsey Butterworth

See The Afghan Whigs at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, October 1!

THROWBACK THURSDAY PHOTO CONTEST:
What big timer did this bright-eyed boy become? Answer correctly and you could win tickets to see him with his new band at 9:30 Club!
To enter, send your answer to contests@930.com. Winner picked 12PM tomorrow!

THROWBACK THURSDAY PHOTO CONTEST:

What big timer did this bright-eyed boy become? Answer correctly and you could win tickets to see him with his new band at 9:30 Club!

To enter, send your answer to contests@930.com. Winner picked 12PM tomorrow!

SHOW PREVIEW: Big Star’s Third
Boy, oh boy, are we in for a big treat this Saturday at the Club!
Most music buffs are by now familiar with Big Star’s delayed success story, but here’s a quick recap. The Memphis power poppers were initially active from 1971 to 1974, during which time they recorded three albums: #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers. None of the albums achieved commercial success upon their releases, and Big Star soon disbanded. It wasn’t until 1978, when Third had a proper, widespread release through PVC Records, that Big Star’s genius was finally noticed. 
Although Big Star was at that point inactive, Third became a cult classic and eventually landed a spot on Rolling Stone's “500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Numerous bands formed in the early 1980s, including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, were inspired in part by Big Star’s newfound eminence. Now deemed "Memphis’ answer to The Beatles,” Big Star’s legacy is undeniable, as depicted in Nothing Can Hurt Me. 
To further the legacy, as well as commemorate Big Star mastermind Alex Chilton, founding drummer Jody Stephens, along with Chilton-collaborator Chris Stamey (of The dB’s), hatched “Big Star’s Third” tour. Stephens and Stamey called upon friends, including Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Pat Sansone of Wilco, to embark on a four-day stint of performing Big Star’s two most celebrate albums, Third and #1 Record, in their entireties. 
This Saturday’s Club stop on the once-in-a-lifetime tour features, in addition to the above star-studded list of musicians, special guest Lesa Aldridge (Chilton’s muse for much of Third) and a twelve-piece chamber orchestra. Bring tissues, because the experience just might make you misty-eyed.
-Madelyn Dutt
Join us this at the Club this Saturday, August 23 for Big Star’s Third. Send your ticket confirmation to contests@930.com by 6 p.m. today (August 20) for your chance to win merch signed by Jody Stephens!

SHOW PREVIEW: Big Star’s Third

Boy, oh boy, are we in for a big treat this Saturday at the Club!

Most music buffs are by now familiar with Big Star’s delayed success story, but here’s a quick recap. The Memphis power poppers were initially active from 1971 to 1974, during which time they recorded three albums: #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers. None of the albums achieved commercial success upon their releases, and Big Star soon disbanded. It wasn’t until 1978, when Third had a proper, widespread release through PVC Records, that Big Star’s genius was finally noticed. 

Although Big Star was at that point inactive, Third became a cult classic and eventually landed a spot on Rolling Stone's “500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Numerous bands formed in the early 1980s, including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, were inspired in part by Big Star’s newfound eminence. Now deemed "Memphis’ answer to The Beatles,” Big Star’s legacy is undeniable, as depicted in Nothing Can Hurt Me

To further the legacy, as well as commemorate Big Star mastermind Alex Chilton, founding drummer Jody Stephens, along with Chilton-collaborator Chris Stamey (of The dB’s), hatched “Big Star’s Third” tour. Stephens and Stamey called upon friends, including Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Pat Sansone of Wilco, to embark on a four-day stint of performing Big Star’s two most celebrate albums, Third and #1 Record, in their entireties. 

This Saturday’s Club stop on the once-in-a-lifetime tour features, in addition to the above star-studded list of musicians, special guest Lesa Aldridge (Chilton’s muse for much of Third) and a twelve-piece chamber orchestra. Bring tissues, because the experience just might make you misty-eyed.

-Madelyn Dutt

Join us this at the Club this Saturday, August 23 for Big Star’s Third. Send your ticket confirmation to contests@930.com by 6 p.m. today (August 20) for your chance to win merch signed by Jody Stephens!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Hailo
Thanks to our partner Hailo, cabbing to and from shows is easy as pie! The free app connects ride-seekers with licensed taxis in D.C., Arlington, and Alexandria in just two easy steps. 
Hailo’s making things even easier for concert-goers who arrive early to three upcoming Club shows. Those lucky enough to get into Backbar at George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on 8/24, the 5th Annual Michael Jackson Dance Party on 8/29, and Jamie XX on September 5 will receive $10 off their next Hailo ride! On top of that, you’ll get to enjoy happy-hour-priced drinks and early entry into the Club!
Backbar opens an hour before doors and holds only thirty people, so be sure to arrive to the Club early enough on 8/24, 8/29, and 9/5 to get in! Also download the Hailo app and stay tuned to their blog for more updates.

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Hailo

Thanks to our partner Hailo, cabbing to and from shows is easy as pie! The free app connects ride-seekers with licensed taxis in D.C., Arlington, and Alexandria in just two easy steps. 

Hailo’s making things even easier for concert-goers who arrive early to three upcoming Club shows. Those lucky enough to get into Backbar at George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on 8/24, the 5th Annual Michael Jackson Dance Party on 8/29, and Jamie XX on September 5 will receive $10 off their next Hailo ride! On top of that, you’ll get to enjoy happy-hour-priced drinks and early entry into the Club!

Backbar opens an hour before doors and holds only thirty people, so be sure to arrive to the Club early enough on 8/24, 8/29, and 9/5 to get in! Also download the Hailo app and stay tuned to their blog for more updates.

Declare your love to your favorite artists and send it along to contests@930.com, and you might win tickets to see them live!

Declare your love to your favorite artists and send it along to contests@930.com, and you might win tickets to see them live!

SHOW PREVIEW: Charli XCX
Have you been missing some awesome, soul-lifting, smile-inducing pop in your life lately? Well, if so, worry not my friends, because Charli XCX is here for you. At only 22-years-old, Charli XCX has been featured on two number one pop hits (one of which is “I Love It" by Icona Pop), and her fantastic album True Romance has charted in the UK, Australia, and the US. The young British songstress has taken the airwaves by storm this summer with not one, but two, crazy popular hits. Charli’s second number one hit, “Fancy,” her track with Iggy Azalea, is undoubtedly THE song of the summer and “Boom Clap" has been climbing the charts around the world. It’s not difficult to see why everyone has fallen in love with her work.
Charli XCX seamlessly blends catchy pop with thumping electronic beats and sometimes contrastingly dark lyrics. Her album, True Romance, is filled with pop gems like “Nuclear Seasons" that you just can’t help but dance to. So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to have girls/guys night out, don’t worry, Charli XCX has got you covered.
-Janice Freeman
Charli XCX will perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, October 2.

SHOW PREVIEW: Charli XCX

Have you been missing some awesome, soul-lifting, smile-inducing pop in your life lately? Well, if so, worry not my friends, because Charli XCX is here for you. At only 22-years-old, Charli XCX has been featured on two number one pop hits (one of which is “I Love It" by Icona Pop), and her fantastic album True Romance has charted in the UK, Australia, and the US. The young British songstress has taken the airwaves by storm this summer with not one, but two, crazy popular hits. Charli’s second number one hit, “Fancy,” her track with Iggy Azalea, is undoubtedly THE song of the summer and “Boom Clap" has been climbing the charts around the world. It’s not difficult to see why everyone has fallen in love with her work.

Charli XCX seamlessly blends catchy pop with thumping electronic beats and sometimes contrastingly dark lyrics. Her album, True Romance, is filled with pop gems like “Nuclear Seasons" that you just can’t help but dance to. So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to have girls/guys night out, don’t worry, Charli XCX has got you covered.

-Janice Freeman

Charli XCX will perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, October 2.