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Music, Hear This King Krule: Show Preview

King Krule: Show Preview

Archy Marshall is only 19 years old, but as King Krule, the singer-songwriter expresses a kind of cloud-ridden doom that sounds a decade or so beyond his age. Otherwise known as Zoo Kid and Edgar the Beatmaker, the extraordinarily promising…
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Music, All Shook Down How Do You Explain the Suicide of Joy Division's Ian Curtis to a Kid?

How Do You Explain the Suicide of Joy Division's Ian Curtis to a Kid?

Dad Rock is a new column in which Ryan Foley will attempt to look at pop music and pop culture from the precipice of middle age. If he ultimately leaps, it's because tiny hands ruined his Galaxie 500 vinyl. Accusations…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dank Crevasse

Dank Crevasse

Ever since Ian Curtis shuffled off this mortal coil (4AD pun intended), gobs of acts have attempted to recreate his chilly post-punk aesthetic. The latest contenders, Cold Cave, go Curtis one further, aping the style of both Joy Division and…
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Music, A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

Professor, DJ, and journalist Michael Stock takes music-nerd obsessiveness to new levels. In 1999, when researching a film about Joy Division leader Ian Curtis, he not only interviewed members of such late-'70s bands as New Order, Crispy Ambulance, and A…
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Music, Hear This Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode's dusky electro-pop triggers the question, "Is this what Joy Division would have sounded like had Ian Curtis not ended up swinging from something?" Oh sure, Martin Gore's Romantic-influenced poetry was often strained, the domestic darkness the band spun…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Joy Division -- Expanded Reissues

CD Review: Joy Division -- Expanded Reissues

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Control Original Motion Picture Sound Track Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis has waited almost 30 years to become a star of stage and screen, so he's not going to let a little thing…
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Film, Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Rock films come in two forms. The first is the concert/documentary variety, the best of which dynamically pinpoint a band's musical moment within the context of its era: the Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin chronicling the Stones in Gimme Shelter,…
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Music, Reviewed Editors


Surely, the pressing philosophical quandary of our time is whether it's OK for a modern rock singer to sound like Ian Curtis. Editors frontman Tom Smith performs his answer in the affirmative, using that sooty, shuddering, we're-all-fooked-now tenor of his.…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Trust Me

Trust Me

FRI 4/29 Joy Division, that bastion of post-punk somberness, penned some of my favorite morbid melodies. I can't help but be moved by singer Ian Curtis' ominous warbling of lyrics like "A house somewhere on foreign soil/ Where ageless lovers…
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