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Interview: Peter Hook taps into the unknown

Peter Hook is in a peculiar situation.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 08, 2013

Beautifully brooding, bleating new wave from Future Islands

Romance is terrifying. It is second-guesses and regrets, passion manifested in polar extremes, and an ongoing search for certainty.
Heart on fire
By  |  April 25, 2012

Out: The emergence of Animal Talk

Last Thursday night in Cambridge, the common act of covering Joy Division suddenly went from timeless to timely.
Speaking volumes in Central
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 03, 2012
Welcome to Disney's Unknown Pleasure Island -- where Love Will Ear Us Apart

Welcome to Disney's Unknown Pleasure Island -- where Love Will Ear Us Apart

 Well shit, I just used up my best two puns in the headline. But any goodwill that Pulp's NYC show announcement caused in the Union...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 23, 2012

Photos: Peter Hook plays the Paradise | September 20, 2011

The Joy Division co-founder takes the stage at the Paradise Rock Club.
Peter Hook plays the Paradise on September 20, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 30, 2011

[wfnx takeover] Peter Hook on New Order's 'reunion,' Joy Division's legacy, and unfortunately-named Boston tunnels

As my car pulled out of the concrete cyclone that is Logan Airport around dinnertime Tuesday, PETER HOOK set the tone of the evening not...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 22, 2011

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

Beach Fossils | What A Pleasure

This EP is an eight-song follow-up to Beach Fossils' homonymous full-length debut from 2010, and these days, Dustin Payseur and his band of chilled-out '80s worshippers have their sound down pat.
Captured Tracks (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 25, 2011

Review: Minks | By The Hedge

In part because it sounds an awful lot like the shoegaze and '80s dreampop bands she selects to fill her soundtracks, the debut full-length from Boston-gone-Brooklyn duo Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with
Captured Tracks (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  January 28, 2011

[phlipcam video] Peter Hook @ Royale

Saturday night's Peter Hook Presents Unknown Pleasures show at Royale was no Joy Division gig. But few in the audience seemed to care, and a...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 06, 2010

Weekend | Sports

Even in an age of excessive internet awareness and never-ending blog hype, it's easy to miss a young touring band on their first stop through town.
Slumberland Records (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010


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
[Q&A] Known pleasures: Peter Hook on Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett, New Order and the lasting legacy of Joy Division

[Q&A] Known pleasures: Peter Hook on Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett, New Order and the lasting legacy of Joy Division

Saturday night Peter Hook brings his Unknown Pleasures tour to Royale, the fourth of a nine-date stateside trek that finds him resurrecting the landmark 1979...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Halloween Party at SPACE Gallery, October 30

It's humiliating to admit this, but if you were at SPACE last Saturday you probably agree: a fucking cover band just restored my faith in rock and roll.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 05, 2010

Review: Amanda Palmer and Evelyn Evelyn at the House of Blues

A decade ago, a Dresden Dolls fan might have required a sentence or two to describe his or her favorite band. These days, the solo career of head Doll Amanda Palmer needs a multi-page explanation for each new quarterly phase.
Twin pleasure
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 25, 2010

Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
Captured Tracks (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 21, 2010


Indian Jewelry | Totaled

Mystery and confusion are sexy, and Indian Jewelry get that.
We Are Free (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 07, 2010

Chinnock of the North

How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 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

Steel, blowtorches, and a little trash talk

At the Steel Yard, arts center and business incubator for the metal-minded, a molten hot contest this past weekend. It was the second annual Iron Chef Competition -- a game pitting artist against artist, blowtorches in hand, in a breakneck race to p
Metal Works
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 25, 2009
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In the blood

“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to
VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 12, 2009


Conversation piece

Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
By IAN PAIGE  |  May 01, 2009

The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Factory Records: Communications 1978-92

The whole Factory Records stereotype of thin, earnest men in long raincoats complaining about the cold and the damp to absolutely no chicks whatsoever over frenetic machine-made beats is with us for a reason.
Rhino (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2009

Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008

The Cinematics

Despite the title of their debut album, it’s unlikely that there was anything particularly strange about the Cinematics’ education.  
A Strange Education | TVT
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 27, 2008


A team effort

Yes, the name sounds familiar and no, they don’t play Hawaiian music.
Everyone’s gonna find out about Hello Mahalo
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 23, 2008

Intimacy issues

Singer John Flax’s stage presence could have worked an audience 10 times as big; it was a shame to think their wick has only three weeks to burn.
Perennials et al. at P.A.'s, July 10, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 15, 2008


It’s no surprise that their sweet sophomore-sleeper-turned-instant-classic is being reissued with extras.
Fancy Footwork | Vice
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 01, 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