Bob Mould – The Silver Age (Merge)

It has been a banner couple of years for former Husker Du/Sugar frontman Bob Mould. Buoyed by an appearance on the last Foo Fighters record combined with a 2011 tribute concert that saw Ryan Adams, Dave Grohl and more pay tribute to his work, Mould sounds as pissed off but ultimately as vital as ever. Coming from the man who helped pioneer punk-pop in the 70’s and 80’s, this is no small feat. These 10 songs draw from his past yet retain an ultra-modern feel that stands as some of his best solo work.