Ian Curtis

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Say Hi to I Love Music

That photo with the high heels is so good you almost don't need to know anything else about Hi Tiger before taking the plunge with their music.
A burning Tiger
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 05, 2011

Peter Hook rediscovers his Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook has heard the criticism, and he does not care.
 Age of consent
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010

Make yourself uncomfortable

In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010


It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008

War of independents

The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Cult Maze

Early on in Cult Maze’s all-too-brief tenure as Portland’s best indie-rock band — probably when they were still called The Funeral — I offered to buy Joshua Loring a beer before his set.
Music seen at Geno’s + SPACE Gallery, April 4 + April 6, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2008

Three of a kind

Even with two good support acts, the British foursome weren’t quite able to fill the Orpheum.
Editors, Louis XIV, and Hot Hot Heat at Orpheum Theatre, January 19, 2008
By VICTORIA WELCH  |  January 22, 2008

Chronicle of a death foretold

What a difference a death makes.
Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 24, 2007

Pleasures still unknown

Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

Disc by disc

The new Joy Division catalogue
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2007


War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Rock therapy

'Some people have songs about ex-girlfriends. We don’t have songs like that.’ Aberdeen City, "God is Going to Get Sick of Me" (mp3)
Aberdeen City prepare for a national breakthrough
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 12, 2006

The nostalgia game

Like, gag us with a spoon already!
Covers too bitchin’ for a ghetto blaster
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 22, 2006

Hard target

Critic Langdon Winner once wrote that anyone who attempts to listen to Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica has two obstacles to overcome: the music and the lyrics. Scott Walker, "Jesse" (RealPlayer)
The impenetrable pop of Scott Walker
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 09, 2006


Designer imitation

No doubt their mimeographed postpunk is about as fresh as a tray of Shaw’s sushi. And yet Editors are well aware that they can be past expiration date and still come through with the upper hand. Slideshow: Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 31, 2006