The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →


Just Announced: New Order is playing The Tower on March 12th

NEW ORDER ends with a Joy Division set, as images of Ian Curtis float behind them. It was emotionally stunning.

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Get ready: new wave icons New Order just announced a short U.S. tour in support of last year’s impressive Music Complete LP that brings them to Philadelphia on March 12th to headline the Tower. Continue reading →


Peter Hook treats The Troc to a three-hour extravaganza of New Order and Joy Division (photos, review, setlist)

Peter Hook | Photo by Pete Troshak | Photos by Pete Troshak |

Former New Order and Joy Division member Peter Hook and his band The Light rocked the 143-year-old Trocadero Theatre for nearly three hours on Saturday night. The band is on tour playing the New Order albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety along with assorted B-sides from those albums. Early arrivers were rewarded with a surprise when mysterious opening band “Slaves Of Venus” turned out to be none other than Hook And The Light performing a set of Joy Division songs.

Hook sported a mohawk, looked fit enough to dominate a rugby scrum and stalked the stage with a certain well-earned swagger. He swapped between his trademark bass and guitar as needed and handled all the lead vocals impressively, especially the Joy Division songs which he delivered in a haunting way that would’ve made the irreplaceable Ian Curtis proud. Hook was backed by his son Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards, and Paul Kehoe on drums.

Bates and Hook occasionally both played bass simultaneously, which helped to recreate the bass heavy nature of many of the Joy Division and New Order tracks. Bates resembles his father both in look and skill when playing, both hunch over their basses intently, nimbly but fiercely plucking the strings. Potts is the secret weapon of the band though, providing stinging notes and sheets of guitar texture to the electronic based sound of the two bands.

The lighting was kept minimal during this intense seven song opening set. Highlights were a pounding, primal “Dead Souls” and the gothic, starkly beautiful B-side “In A Lonely Place.” After a brief break, the band returned to the stage to play New Order songs. They kicked off this part of the show with “Ceremony,” honoring the legacy of New Order by playing a powerful rendition of their first single to the delight of the hardcore fans who packed the venue. They then played the entire Movement album. Hook and the Light recreated the album perfectly, with highlights being a hard driving “Chosen Time” and a fierce “Denial.” Next came another short break then Power, Corruption & Lies.

Power… is on just about every best album of the eighties list, and despite it’s dark title and subject matter it has a brighter sound than the rest of the songs from this show. The mood lightened during the playing of this album, the band played louder and looser and the crowd was dancing and singing even up in the balcony. The highlight of this this set was the late double shot of electronic music excellence “Ultraviolence” followed by “Ecstasy.”

Late in the Power… set, Hook stopped to tell the audience “You’ve made an old man very happy,” leading to a huge passionate cheer from the crowd. After finishing the album another brief break came before the encore. The band closed with a powerful three song run of the underrated but memorable “Everything’s Gone Green,” a throbbing version of “Temptation” and the ultimate show closer “Blue Monday.” “Blue Monday” featured the band at peak form with Hook banging on a drum machine and firing off notes occasionally on guitar and Poole adding a swirling chorus of electronic angels and pulsating runs on the keys. Late in the song came the most memorable chill-inducing moment of the night, as Hook and son Bates stood next to each other and both unleashed that memorable twenty-two note, echoing warpath-like hook of the song, driving the song and show to a perfect conclusion. Check out a gallery of the show below, and complete setlists after the jump.

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Stream New Order’s new Live at Bestival 2012 benefit album (playing the Mann Center on 7/26)


Backing up their latest release Lost Sirens, English rock group New Order have a new benefit live album coming out next week.  The 13-track album was recorded at their 2012 Bestival appearance on the Isle of Wight.  Currently streaming on The Guardian, Live at Bestival 2012 offers a retrospective of the band’s extensive career with early cuts (“Elegia”) and singles (“True Faith”) to favorite hits (“Bizarre Love Triangle”) and several Joy Division reprises.  Proceeds from the record will be donated to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, an organization that assists people under 25 with counseling and support services.  Stream the album below and watch New Order’s performance of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” from the festival.  They’ll be in town with Holy Ghost for a show at the Mann Center on July 26th, followed with an appearance by bassist Peter Hook and his band The Light at The Trocadero on September 14th.  Tickets and info for both shows can be found here.


Peter Hook & The Light to play New Order songs in September, after New Order plays them in July


Will the real New Order please stand up.

Peter Hook, the bassist from New Order and Joy Division won’t be out on tour with New Order this summer when they play The Mann in July, but Hook and his band The Light will be playing New Order songs at the Trocadero on Saturday, September 14th. In fact, Hook will be playing two New Order classic albums, Movement, and Power, Corruption, & Lies in their entirety. Tickets are on sale now here.

There’s bitter blood between New Order’s lead singer Bernard Sumner and Hook, who co-founded Joy Division together which begat New Order. With a history of personal and business disagreements between them, the animosity increased after New Order decided to reform in 2011 without Hook’s knowledge. In this interview from January of this year, Hook offers his side of the story, in which he positions the three remaining members of New Order squarely against him. Sumner, lead singer of New Order, responded with his side of the story on several days after Hook’s Billboard interview. Ultimately, its a musical battle that will be determined by the fans. Can you hear Power, Corruption, & Lies not being sung by Bernie? Yeah, neither can we. But then again, we heard Hook’s show in December 2010 at Voyeur was fantastic.


Just Announced: New Order and Holy Ghost will play The Mann Center on 7/26

NewOrder02PR011111British new wave group New Order will join Holy Ghost! at The Mann Center on July 26th.  Though the band went through a pair of long-winded break-ups, original New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and returned-keyboardist Gillian Gilbert brought in Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman in 2011 for a handful of international dates, which were followed up by the 2013 release of Lost Sirens.   The new album featured tracks that were not included on 2005’s Waiting for the Siren’s Call.  Known for their synthy dance jams, the Manchester-bred group set the record for the all-time best-selling 12″ release with their 1983 single “Blue Monday.”

The legendary dance group will be joined by their American 21st century contemporaries in Holy Ghost.  The Brooklyn duo, who are signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records, released their debut album in 2011 and their hooky, 80s keyboard / modern day hip hop influenced dance tracks caught on quickly.  The band will be working out some new music during this summer tour as they prepare their sophomore album.

Tickets for the July 26th show go on sale this Friday, April 19th.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch New Order perform “Bizarre Love Triangle” and check out Holy Ghost’s video for “I Will Come Back,” in which they “cover” New Order’s video for “Confusion.”


Download Psychic Teens’ cover of New Order’s “Dreams Never End”

Giving a nod to one of their collective influences, Philly goth-punk trio and recent Key Studio Sessions featured band Psychic Teens just released a cover in honor of the 30th anniversary of New Order’s debut Movement; they took an admirable stab at the album’s opening track, “Dreams Never End.” Grab their version below – the cover is avaiable as a free download through Dec. 3.