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Bob Mould releases solo live EP The Ocean

Bob Mould’s current run of solo gigs keeps increasing and alongside the announcement of more US shows he’s just released new EP The Ocean.

The three-track solo live set features acoustic versions of “The Ocean” and “Forecast of Rain“, both from 2020’s ‘Blue Hearts‘ album, plus a rendition of the Hüsker Dü classic ‘Divide and Conquer’.

Mould said: “One of my special places is Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Over the past twelve years, I’ve spent many early mornings walking the shoreline. There are very few people at dawn: fishers, joggers with dogs, surfers.

“Depending on the tide cycle, the beach takes on different appearances – sandy sheets of reflective glass, ever-shifting playground for Snowy Plovers and other birds, ocean matter washed up on the shore. I think clearly when walking through the mixture of salt, sand, wind and water.

“The beach beneath my feet, waves as far as the eye can see, the twinkling night sky giving way to colourful morning light. The constant din of the waves does wonders for my tinnitus. It’s a grounding, soothing, calming feeling – a place to rest. And, there’s always the undertow — that chance of ending up in deeper waters. The Ocean is my homage to those visions, senses, and emotions.”

The Ocean EP‘s three tracks were recorded for NPR’s World Café at Mould’s Granary Music home studio in San Francisco.

In addition to the tracks, Mould has also released a new solo live performance video of ‘Forecast of Rain’, filmed last October at the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

His ongoing touring in support of Blue Hearts and his post-Hüsker Dü career-spanning Distortion boxset begins again on March 30 in Ventura, California, followed in June by a solo tour of the UK and Ireland.



Wed Mar 30  Ventura CA   Ventura Music Hall

Fri Apr 01  Palm Springs CA   Alibi

Sat Apr 02  San Diego CA   Casbah

Sun Apr 03  San Juan Capistrano CA  Coach House

Tue Apr 05  Los Angeles CA   Troubadour

Wed Apr 06  Sacramento CA   Harlow’s

Fri Apr 08  Petaluma CA   Mystic Theater

Sat Apr 09  Santa Cruz CA   Felton Music Hall

Sun Apr 10  Berkeley CA   Freight & Salvage

Tue Apr 12  Portland OR   Doug Fir

Thu Apr 14  Vancouver BC   Rickshaw Theatre

Fri Apr 15  Bellingham WA   Mount Baker Theatre Lounge

Sat Apr 16  Olympia WA   Capitol Theater

Mon Apr 18  Seattle WA   Triple Door

Tue Apr 19  Eugene OR   Sessions Music Hall


Fri May 13  Newton NJ   Newton Theater

Sat May 14  York PA    Appell Center

Sun May 15  Philadelphia PA   World Café Live (seated)

Tue May 17  Pawling NY   Daryl’s House

Wed May 18  Albany NY   Lark Hall

Fri May 20  Woodstock NY   Levon Helm Studio

Sat May 21  Plymouth NH   Flying Monkey

Tue May 24  Old Saybrook CT  The Kate

Thu May 26  East Greenwich RI  Greenwich Odeon

Fri May 27  North Truro MA   Payomet Performing Arts Center (Cape Cod)


Thu Jun 09  Brighton UK   Concorde 2

Fri Jun 10  Southampton UK  Engine Rooms

Sun Jun 12  Birmingham UK   The Mill

Tue Jun 14  Oxford UK   Oxford O2 Academy 2

Thu Jun 16  London UK   Islington Assembly Hall

Fri Jun 17  Nottingham UK   Rescue Rooms

Sat Jun 18  Stoke-on-Trent UK  The Sugarmill

Mon Jun 20  Bristol UK   Thekla

Wed Jun 22  Glasgow UK   Oran Mor

Thu Jun 23  Newcastle UK   Riverside

Fri Jun 24  Liverpool UK   Arts Club

Sat Jun 25  Leeds UK   Brudenell Social Club

Mon Jun 27  Chester UK   The Live Rooms

Tue Jun 28  Cardiff UK   The Globe

Thu Jun 30  Belfast UK   Limelight 2

Fri Jul 01  Dublin IE   Whelan’s


Fri Oct 07  Louisville KY   Headliner’s Music Hall

Sat Oct 08  Bloomington IN   Buskirk Chumley Theater

Sun Oct 09  Nashville TN   City Winery

Tue Oct 11  Athens GA   40 Watt

Wed Oct 12  Atlanta GA   City Winery

Fri Oct 14  Ponte Vedra FL   Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Sat Oct 15  Charleston SC   Pour House

Sun Oct 16  Carrboro NC   ArtsCenter

Tue Oct 18  Richmond VA   The Broadberry

Sat Oct 22  Rocky Mount VA  Harvester Performance Center

Sun Oct 23  Asheville NC   Grey Eagle

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Main photo” Bob Mould at Rockwood Music Hall (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

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