When last I saw Little Boots in DC, I recommended Moogfest book the triple threat performer, DJ, and businesswoman, giving her opportunities to sing, spin, and lecture. Last week, she fulfilled part of that destiny with a live concert and a DJ set, crediting Moogfest for inspiring her to “rebuild” a live show after a successful year or so behind the decks.
It may be that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts — but in the case of great bands like Joy Division and New Order, each individual part has a distinct character that is irreplicable. Such is certainly the case with Peter Hook, storied bassist for both of those seminal bands. And although Peter fell out with his bandmates in New Order, he thankfully continues to perform their songs — songs with which he left an indelible mark on modern music — with his band The Light.
Peter Hook & The Light kicked off a North American tour at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Thursday, and our Jason Nicholson was along for the ride to shoot some pictures.
Peter Hook, former bassist for New Order and Joy Division, is once again touring the “greatest hits” of both bands with a special tour featuring Peter Hook & The Light performing the Substance compilation albums from each. Peter Hook & The Light launch the 2018 Substance Tour on April 26 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia.
New York-based house band Sofi Tukker performed selections from their debut album Treehouse to a capacity 9:30 Club crowd on Wednesday night. The duo comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern made DC their first stop of a six-month world tour.
Mikky Ekko — widely known for “Stay,” his 2013 ballad duet with Rihanna — wasted no time Friday night letting the Union Stage crowd know that he was there to rock. Let’s mother f@#ing party!
The alternative music veteran began his set of Sirius XM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour with “Moment.” The up-tempo song of the Advance Copy EP will appear on Fame, his forthcoming sophomore album on Interscope Records. Continuing the energetic vibe, Mikky performed “What’s It Like Now” and “Not the One.”
Moogfest 2018, scheduled for May 17-20 in Durham, North Carolina, is the premier urban music festival dedicated to the synthesizer. This year, a slew of electronic musicians joins headlining artists Kelela, Mouse on Mars, KRS-One, Chelsea Manning, Jon Hopkins. You can win tickets to attend with Parklife DC.
In October 2016, All Things Go Fall Classic went forward in the rain, and opener Sofi Tukker thrilled with bossa-nova driven house beats. But soon, headliner Christine and the Queens bowed out due to the rain, and the festival hit a big hole!
Never fear: Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern leapt back into action, and kept the crowd dancing with an improvised DJ/dance/performance set! Now, Sofi Tukker are returning to make DC feel good again with a show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 18, which comes days after the release of their debut album, Treehouse, out April 13 via Ultra Music.