He spent the ‘80s at the forefront of the punk rock scene when the band he was in, Hüsker Dü, joined The Replacements and Prince as Minneapolis’ most famous exports to the world.

In the ’90s, he fronted the band Sugar, which not only had a radio hit but featured a song, “Hoover Dam,” that Mould actually wrote while he was sleeping. After the band broke up (as well as before it), Mould toured as a solo artist.

But lately the punk-rocker has been spending his time as a DJ and publicizing his socio-political views in his blog at modulate.blogspot.com.

Mould joined producer Rich Morel to start the “Blowoff,” a Saturday evening dance for those with alternative lifestyles, which has been hosted by the 9:30 Club’s Backbar in Washington, D.C. The dance started monthly with a few people in attendance. Now it’s weekly with a regular crowd.

But Mould is going back out on the road to play old songs and new. He is also working on a new album called Body of Work, and this venture is supposed to give him a chance to woodshed the songs.

The shakedown cruise took place at the 9:30 Club October 5th, and the real tour begins November 16th in Pittsburgh. There are nine dates on the books right now, including ones in Cleveland, Chicago and Philly, but more could be on the way.